Spiritual warfare- This is a struggle that must accompany a Christian throughout his entire adult life. The spiritual life includes not only the joy of the liberation of the soul from the severity of sin at confession or the enlightenment of the soul during prayer, it is not the clear road that leads us to the Kingdom of Heaven.
A Christian is lurking in the way of many difficulties and temptations, which at first cannot be immediately recognized. The desire to delve into the spiritual life, to live asceticly leads to contact with the world of dark spirits. The first ones we have to deal with in spiritual cleansing are fallen angels. It is easy for them to understand a person, because a person is constantly in a state of spiritual decline.
If we start to struggle with our sinful essence, the fallen spirits begin to worry, because they become uncomfortable next to us, and spiritual battle begins. Fallen demons in every way try to keep us in a state of vice, casting to the mind voluptuous thoughts and dreams, vicious desires.
Under such circumstances, the holy fathers advise us not to be embarrassed and not afraid of temptation. It is natural for them to arise in the way of salvation, just as weeds tend to grow in the garden among noble plants. The strongest soul struggle begins when we decide to give up our fallen state and turn to God.
In order to understand that spiritual warfare has begun, one should see the demons and their influence on us through the eyes of the soul. What does it mean? At that moment, when obsessive passions, a constant desire to sin, begin to pursue us, this means that the enemy has risen very close and spread our nets in the direction of our soul.
At such moments, a person becomes like an animal that is unable to control his carnal needs. Overwhelmed with passion, he becomes proud, dull, haughty, cruel, vain, he refuses to repent. The body becomes heavy and the heart fills with vanity.
But we must remember thatspiritual warfareshould not be the only purpose of our life. Christians should strive for unity with God. The constant thought of battle can lead to self-conceit from victories over sin.Mind and heart, we must strive towards Heaven, the Savior, to keep His commandments. Some Christians themselves come up with a state of spiritual struggle for themselves and are distracted by events that actually do not exist in their spiritual life.
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