Fighting The Enemy

Ephesians 6:12
“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.”

The spiritual realm is real. This is something that is not emphasized enough. God is powerful and real and the love He has for us is immeasurable. However, there is another side to this. With every positive, there is a negative; the devil.

God has a plan for each of our lives and there are many people who die and never carry that plan out. Not because God made a mistake but because He allows us the freedom to choose in which direction we want to go in life. Our own way, or His?

He puts big, passionate dreams inside of people. He gives people visions of great and wonderful things they can accomplish through Him. He lights a fire and a desire in His people’s hearts to want to go out into this world and make a God-difference. Doing things only He could have equipt them for, things only He could have carried out through and in their lives, things that always point back to Him.

He wants us to wake up every morning and seek Him to great extents. He desires for our hearts to be fully immersed in His presence. He longs for us to be sensitive to His voice and walk out His word in our daily lives.

God has chosen you since before you were born to be in this moment, in this generation, and allow that fire in your heart to shine into the lives of those around you and break chains, tear down walls, free minds, all in His name!

Your life, your family, your situation, was no accident; God don’t make mistakes!

So when you start to feel that passion rise up within you and you begin to walk out in faith and you follow the path the Lord has set out for you, GEAR UP! (Eph.6:13)

The enemy is out for the KILL!

He is waiting to scare you out of the dream God has placed inside of you. He is ready to put fear in your heart and doubt in your mind. He is on the lookout for anyone walking out Gods big plans and he is ready to destroy.

His plan is to scare you out of continuing your walk with God. To bring you back down to a “comfortable” level of Jesus in your life; don’t get too crazy. He is ready to deter you from the promise God has placed within you by trying to convince you that you are weak, you are not capable, God made a mistake choosing you, you are not worthy, you can’t.

I want to encourage you today by letting you know that the enemy is a LIAR! It’s his best tactic, to use our own insecurities and our lack of the Word to draw us away from what God spoke over our lives.

    You are dangerous!

The enemy sees your potential more than you do! He sees the God in you that is capable! He sees how strong you are in Gods hands, and he’s scared! So what does he do? He tries to scare you out of it. He lies to you. He distorts your vision of what God has planned for you. He puts worry in you about how you’re going to get there. Don’t play his game!

You are worthy!
You are capable!
You are strong!
You are redeemed!
You are chosen!
You are equipt!
You are able NOT because of you but because of the God in you!!!!!!

Remember, if He has called you to it, He will walk you through it!

Do not buy the lies of the enemy! Do not allow him to steal your purpose! Do not allow him to trip you up! Do not allow him to put fear in your heart!

The only one you need to fear is God and HE’S ON YOUR SIDE!

Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

THIS is our God. One who promises to be there for us through it ALL! One who has called us into this life of saving souls for Gods kingdom, spreading the news of the Lord. He will carry us through every situation we encounter. TRUST HIM; BELIEVE HIS WORD!

Here are a few more words from God to encourage you in your journey with the Lord and I pray that when you are face to face with the enemy you will speak the Word in confidence, that the Lord is true in His Word and He is there to help you.

Psalms 60:12
“With God’s help, we will do mighty things, for He will trample down our enemies.”

2 Samuel 22:7
“But in my distress, I cried out to the Lord; yes, I cried to my God for help. He heard me from His sanctuary; my cry reached His ears.” (He hears you!)

Psalms 55:1
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

Psalms 54:4
“God is my helper. The Lord keeps me alive!”

Isaiah 41:3
“For I hold you by your right hand-I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

Exodus 14:14
“The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Luke 10:19
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Exodus 23:22
“If you indeed obey His voice [the Holy Spirit] and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.”

And finally…

Luke 1:37
“For with God, nothing will impossible.”

Read the Word. Know what God has promised you. And when the enemy comes TRUST THAT GOD CAN!!!

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When The Enemy Attacks

There are a plethora of reasons you could be in a season of deep attacks from the enemy. One main reason being the simple fact that you’ve chosen the “other side” is enough for him to come after you.

I’m here today to address one reason in particular though, and I’m sure you’ll relate to it well…

When we choose to live out the life God has planned for us, the enemy suits up for battle.

We all have a purpose in our lives. And though our main purpose is to spread the good news, it’s how we do it that the Lord wants to reveal to us. In what way has God directed you to walk out and demonstrate His life on Earth? How have you felt Him calling out to you to share His life through your talents?

Singing?
Preaching?
Missionary?
maybe something more practical?
Your art?
Your writing?
Financially helping others?
There are plenty of ways the Lord can use each and every one of us to display His love for the world.

Here’s where we usually get tripped up though. DOING IT.

THE ATTACK!

The enemy is always lurking and hunting for Gods people to shake up and destroy, that will always be true. But something you might not have thought of is that he knows he can’t but he tries anyway. He believes that one day his scare tactics will work; sadly sometimes they do.

He feeds us lies in failure.
He tries to scare us away from growing closer to God by making himself look like some big scary monster you don’t really want to go up against.
He tries to make you believe you’re all alone in this.
He whispers lies of doubt and anxiety.

Here’s the kicker though, HE’S A LIAR! Even the Bible says he’s the king of deception. We have to recognize that.

God has already won the war!

The end has already been written and it doesn’t look good for the enemy.
You know the saying “misery loves company”? Well, that couldn’t be truer for him. He is going down and he is reaching for anyone who is not planted firmly to the ground Word to take with him.

I don’t mean to preach at you like I’ve got this all figured out because I am faaar from it. Just last night I could not sleep because I was paralyzed with fear. The thing is, this is his go-to method for me because, unfortunately, he knows it works.

Ever since I was 5 I can remember being scared of the dark because I used to see shadows and little demons (I know, it sounds pretty scary). But my point is that he knows how to get me questioning my path and if this is something I really want to “throw myself into”.

Here’s what God told me (because this time I’m NOT backing down!).

READ THE BIBLE

I know, sounds like a no-brainer, right? But God knows that sometimes repetition helps make things stick. He explained to me that I need to become more knowledgeable on who God is and all He is capable of doing. Also though, He wants me to see all the times the enemy has tried to show up in peoples lives and the Lord has rescued them because of their faithfulness to Him.

In other words, knowing your enemy and his tactics and seeing Gods hand through it all helps build your confidence in Gods power and authority.

PRAISE HIM

Believe it or not, this is a legitimate method of attack on the enemy. The Lord had people in the Bible use it many times. So put on some gospel music or just start singing out your own song of praise toward the Lord. The enemy won’t stick around for very long and the very act of you stepping out in fear and singing anyways is proof enough for God of your trust in Him; He will show up for you.

MAKE DECLARATIONS

This is powerful, I mean they all are, but this is the exact strategy that Jesus himself used against the enemy when Satan attempted to tempt Jesus. Jesus didn’t need to yell or protest. He didn’t break a sweat. He used the Word to declare His victory and to remind the enemy of his place. God has placed so many promises and anecdotes all throughout the Bible that if we would just become familiar with them we could use those to strike the enemy down when he comes around.

(Last but definitely not least)

PRAYER

Prayer is basically a conversation with God so if in these moments of attack and weakness we would reach out and call on Jesus He will be there to remind us of what we should do. Last night the Lord brought all this to memory, and though it still took me a long time to fall asleep, I fell asleep in victory. Still a little scared but confident that God is still watching over me and that He is doing a good work in my life. I reminded myself that change doesn’t happen overnight. That the Lord is guiding me through this process and one day I will come face-to-face with this and say the right thing with all the authority and power the Lord has already made available to me.

I hope this encourages you in knowing that even though you don’t have it all figured out (ahem, me), God is still working in your life. It’s easy to reject or distrust something or someone when you don’t know them. Make it your mission to know the person you’re putting all your trust in.

YOUR TURN
What are some ways the enemy comes at you when you try moving forward in God’s plan for your life? And what do you do to strike back?
I’m completely interested in hearing your plans of attack so please do tell.