As Believers we encounter spiritual warfare often. It’s not a matter of “if” you will encounter it, but “when”. The Lord said to take up our cross and follow Him, and in doing so, we are not following the ways of the world, but the ways of Jesus as found in the bible; the Word of God
The enemy attacks our mind; that’s the battleground. The Word says that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places. With that being the case, stay alert and be prepared to fight.
2nd Corinthians 4-6 (KJV) states: 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
The plan of the enemy
When the enemy comes around messing with me, I get angry. I go to war and oppose him. I am more than a conqueror and he is a defeated foe. I am fighting from a place of victory! I’ve seen in my walk things come to stop me from following the Lord. It seems after I tackle one giant, after a while another equally ugly and large one comes. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit teaches me how to war in the spirit, and to rest in God. I understand satan is looking to kill, steal and destroy
The enemy comes to thwart the plan of God in your life. The Word says if we first submit to God, then resist him, he will flee. (James 4:7) Do you resist him or are you in agreement with him? You can’t oppose him if you’re ok with the oppression and bondage; if you’re comfortable with it. You may say “This is just the way I am”. I used to say that for most of my life until I learned the truth. I learned that I was a child of God; that He chose me before the foundation of the world, and that there is a purpose for my life—greater than I could have imagined.
The enemy lied to me most of my life, and I unknowingly believed him, and allowed him in my life. I made many agreements with him until my eyes were opened to truth, and Jesus delivered me. Now I see the enemy from afar off, and although through satan’s trickery, I still take the bait sometimes, but once I realize it, I put a stop to it immediately. I decree the Word of God, and correct my thoughts. To the Glory of God.
When we take our eyes off God and look at our problems, the enemy is winning. The enemy is Satan, and the bible refers to him as the father of lies. He will have you all in your feelings, being led by them, looking at the people instead of realizing the people are being influenced in their behavior. It’s not a cop-out as some may think to say that they are being influenced.
If you know the Word of God, then you know each day we have a choice to submit to the will of God or to our own will. We can either be a part of the expanding Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh and died for our sins, or Satan’s kingdom. Choose this day who you will serve.
Stand for righteousness
The Lord has given us everything we need. Do we believe that? Do we trust in the FINISHED work of the Lord Jesus? Because if we do, we will walk, talk and fight like it. The words we speak and the life we live will reflect what we believe.
But in walking out that purpose, and living for Him, I am in fact, taking up my cross, and following Him. That put me on the enemy’s radar. I realized every thought wasn’t my own; thoughts that contradict what the Lord says about me. I must cast down thoughts contrary to His Word and I encourage you to do the same.
I can talk all day about the bible. The devil cares nothing about that; he comes to church as well. However, he cares if we live for Jesus. Living a life set apart for God which is sanctification will put you on his radar, but Jesus will protect you. (Psalms 91)
We must know who and what we are dealing with. We win! that’s our outcome, and we must daily walk by faith and not sight testing to see if we are in the faith. When we fall, we repent and try again. Never stop. Paul said in Philippians 1:6 that this work that Jesus began in us won’t be finished until He returns. In the meantime, lets fight the good fight of faith.
Just like in a natural war, the soldiers wear their armor. We too, have armor.
Let’s read Ephesians 6: 10-18,
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
I don’t watch the main stream news often, but I catch it here and there. I also see information on social media. It’s hard to deny that we are in an interesting time in biblical prophecy and the devil knows that his time is short. Don’t allow the distractions to blind you; get your own house in order.
People are arguing on social media whether celebrities are getting saved or not, when many of our own families are struggling in that area. Are we praying for them? Are we rallying around our neighbors? I have much to keep me on my knees praying, in just dealing with my family.
We must focus. Pray! Fast! Guard our hearts.
Limit the time spent on those websites and chat rooms gossiping or arguing with someone about people who don’t directly affect our lives. Don’t engage. The Lord said at John 3:16 that God so loved the world and that whosoever will believe on Him will not perish, and He also said in Matthew 7 that we would know them by their fruit. So whatever the case, fruit will follow. Don’t make it a matter of debate. Pray for everyone to come to an accurate knowledge of truth. Pray that they come to know the Jesus of the bible. Our position is that of love and prayer. We are to be the light and the salt of the Earth.
We can’t let the enemy have us walking around like we don’t know who our Father is or our identity in Him. This is the warfare of the mind to get you all in your feelings. Following feelings will get you in trouble. Of course, you are allowed to feel, but don’t stay in a place of anger, hate, mistrust or unforgiveness. To put it plainly, the enemy is on his job, and working over time. What are we doing?
Don’t allow the enemy to set up root in your mind and heart. Take control of your thoughts. Again, to do that, you must be mindful of what you watch and listen to daily, and conversations you partake in. Not to mention, you must get some Word in you daily, eat your spiritual food, as you do the natural. Remember, Jesus is in control; believe in Him! Nothing is happening, nor can it, without His consent. There is no name above His name, meaning His authority. Allow Jesus to be your Saviour and Lord.
…. Eat the meat and throw out the bones with the mass amount of information we are being flooded with. Listen Y’all, to know truth, you must study the bible and the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit, pray and ask for it. He will give it to you.
I love you all. This was on my heart. There is much more I could say, but it’s already too long. 🙂 I pray you are being watchful in this hour, showing love and praying for the return of our Lord Jesus. Being determined to put on the whole Armor of GOD today, and everyday knowing as the Word says that the suffering of this present time is not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.
Bless you all,