spiritual warfare and relationships

Spiritual Warfare & Relationships: Is it a relationship problem or a spiritual attack?

In Podcast by Debra Fileta

Spiritual warfare isn’t something we discuss too often in the context of our day- to-day lives, much less in the context of our relationships.

But by not having this conversation, what if we’re missing something?

Because what if there are forces unseen at work, waging war against our hearts and against our relationships?

Spiritual Warfare in Relationships

According to scripture, “our battle is not simply against flesh and blood…but against the powers of this dark world…and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm” (Ephesians 6:12).

According to God’s word – the struggles we face in our lives and in our relationships are often more “unseen” than we realize.

Today on the podcast, our question comes from a young man who is wondering exactly if and how spiritual warfare is something that impacts our ability to have healthy relationships.

Spiritual Warfare vs. Relationship Problems

How do you know if the problem is in the relationship, or if it’s a spiritual attack?

What are some things you can do to defend yourself from spiritual warfare?

What’s the proper balance of looking at something spiritually, but not seeing everything as a spiritual attack?

What’s the role of the armor of God against spiritual warfare?

To tag-team this important topic, I invited my friend Dr. Tim Muehlhoff, Director of Resources Biola University’s Center for Marriage and Relationships, and author of Defending Your Marriage: The Reality of Spiritual Battle. His latest book is an eye-opening look into the implications of spiritual warfare and how it plays out in marriage and relationships.

This episode was such a challenging and convicting look into the health of our spiritual life and our spiritual lens. I hope it encourages you as much as it encouraged me.

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Love + Relationships Podcast Extras:

We talked about the importance of praying as a weapon against spiritual attack. Take some time to PRAY OVER YOUR FUTURE LOVE LIFE by enrolling in the 21 Days to Pray For Your Love Life Program.

Learn more about Biola University’s Center for Marriage and Relationships!

For another great episode of the Love + Relationships Podcast check out: 5 Differences That Cause Stress in Marriage


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DEBRA FILETA is a Licensed Professional Counselor, national speaker, relationship expert, and author of Choosing Marriage and True Love Dates. She’s also the host of the hotline style Love + Relationships Podcast. Her popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, reaches millions of people with the message of healthy relationships. Connect with her on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter or book a session with her today!