You thought you married the perfect person. Then, over time, you began to notice flaws. Your spouse wasn’t as kind and loving as they used to be. Now you fight with each other, you blame each other, and you never really discuss tough issues because that leads to more conflict. You wonder if you made a mistake.
What if there’s something deeper going on? Is it possible that Satan is attacking your marriage and you’re experiencing spiritual warfare?
As Christians, we order our lives according to the Bible. We believe God exists, so we pray. We live each day with eternity in mind. Yet, when it comes to spiritual warfare, we’re double-minded; we know Satan exists, but we rarely acknowledge his existence in our daily affairs.
C.S. Lewis once said, “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”
We need a balanced and biblical perspective about spiritual warfare. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff are with us on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage” to awaken Christian couples to the potential reality of spiritual warfare within their marriage relationship.
Dr. Tim Muehlhoff is professor of communication at Biola University. He teaches family communication, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and apologetics.
Tim and his wife share the top five indicators of spiritual warfare Tim has noticed in his research and counseling:
- Ongoing anger.
- A sense of impending doom.
- Violent dreams.
- No longer believing the best about God.
- No longer believing the best about yourself.
Without a healthy awareness of spiritual warfare, we’ll suffer the consequences of a battle within our marriages and families that we don’t even realize is going on – and we’ll fail to use the spiritual tools that God has equipped us with to fight this evil.
Tim Muehlhoff’s book Defending Your Marriage: The Reality of Spiritual Battle is available when you become a special partner with us through our monthly “Friends of Focus on the Family” program. Visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459) for more information.