Siege [seej], noun

The act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies, for the purpose of lessening the resistance of the defenders and thereby making capture possible.

If you are a Christian, you know or at least have heard that we are enlisted in the army of the Lord. And the reason there is an army at all is because there’s an ongoing battle that we are involved in. A spiritual battle. But first, let me take you on a history tour for a moment.

Laying siege is a military assault technique that has been employed throughout history and the earliest representations of siege warfare have been dated as far back as 3000 BC. You have probably watched a movie or two that depicted a siege, but usually the movies are romanticized versions and are nothing like the actual, real-life sieges. The motive in laying a siege was to cut off the supply of food and water to the place until the inhabitants either surrendered or starved to death, which in either case, the enemy emerged as winner.

So, you are probably wondering why am going on and on about an ancient military tactic: well, it may be ancient, but you may be shocked to know that it is in use today. And you may be even more shocked that it has been used against you, and you didn’t even have a clue on what was going on. So hear me out and may be you could learn a thing or two. A few weeks ago, I was in a dilemma of sorts; I sat and considered the state of affairs of my life and I didn’t like what I saw one single bit. I was severely short on money and yet in dire need of it, I seemed to be hitting one dead end after another and I generally thought my life was going downhill. I was deeply saddened by this realization and the more I thought about my life, the sadder I became. The sadder I became, the more I withdrew into myself because everyone else seemed to be having a much happier life than I was. The sadness and depression drained all energy and zeal for life out of me that even praying became difficult. I did not have the strength to pray because I continually thought to myself, “If my prayers were working, I wouldn’t be here now.” The day for the weekly fellowship I attend came around and 99% of me agreed that there was simply no point in attending it because everyone else in attendance would overjoyed, praising the Lord and giving thanks for all the good He’s done while I only got sadder because I had no testimony to rejoice about. I went along with the 1% that insisted that I attend the fellowship anyway, and that is when I realized that I had been under siege all week long and hadn’t even had the slightest idea.

You see, the devil is more cunning than we sometimes are intelligent. He is the father of lies and he knows how to use those lies to his advantage. He begins by shifting our focus from God onto our selves; we look at our inadequacies, our shortcomings and failures and slowly but surely, we get swallowed up in depression and sadness. The devil will then, through our thoughts, convince us to isolate ourselves and mourn alone because “no one really understands us”. What he is actually doing though, is keeping us from anyone that can give us hope and show us that the situation isn’t as bad as it seems. While we are alone and mourning, he will convince us that the reason we are mourning is because God didn’t listen to our prayers; and so we will stop praying. And then he will besiege us, desiring to keep us in that weakened state for as long as possible until we completely let go of God and surrender to his lies.

Ephesians 6:10-13 [NLT]

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will be standing firm.

Do not let yourself be intimidated by the devil. Do not let him fool you into thinking less of yourself. The truth is, you have already won this battle; you are a conqueror through Christ Jesus. All you have to do now is get up and confidently walk in the victory that God has obtained for you.