Understanding the Breach
In the “Spiritual Warfare” episode, Ryan Young warns us that “There is a war for our souls.”
Father Charles Goraieb says, “Every single person who wants to serve the Lord finds themselves at war with Satan—not because we ask for it, but because that is the nature of Satan. He detests what a good Catholic man stands for.”
Do you think of yourself as constantly in a spiritual war? Do you live your life as a spiritual warrior, or do you find yourself pretending it is peacetime?
Father Goraieb goes on to state that temptation is our most universal experience of spiritual warfare. What are some of the common temptations Satan uses to attack men today?
What are some quick strategies men can employ to combat temptation whenever it strikes?
Bricks For The Breach
“Satan is like a military strategist or commander that will prowl outside the walls of your fortress, being your soul. And he’ll look at where your defenses are weakest—you know, is it the pride, is it the anger, is it the lust—because where the defenses are weakest, that’s where he wants to break in to get into the fortress itself.” (Jason Evert)
Sword of the Spirit
Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
“The Lord says to you: Do not fear or be dismayed at the sight of this vast multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15)