Spiritual Warfare: Stand Firm

Sword & Shield SmallEver have days when you’re so tired you feel you’re dragging yourself through the day? Ever face a situation that seemed so long and difficult you felt you were dragging yourself through life?

When Will It Change?

Sometimes when we feel we are treading water (or maybe going under for the third time!), we are not really drowning; we just need a breakthrough. When we feel we are in a holding pattern, and an unpleasant one at that, we need to remember that we are only walking through an in-between season; the season between “the now” and “the not yet.”

The situation will change; it just hasn’t yet. The victory will come; it just hasn’t arrived yet. It’s like when the angel was sent right away with the answer Daniel prayed for, but it took 21 days for the angel to battle through enemy forces to get to Daniel. (Story found in Daniel 10.) We need to remember we are not stuck; we are patiently waiting on the Lord and His timing. Better yet, we are actively waiting in faith to see how the Lord is moving on our behalf.

Stand in Faith

When we are in these places of waiting for victory, we must not become complacent and think there is nothing we can do in this battle. Persevering is doing something. Waiting in faith and faithfully waiting is doing something. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand,” (Eph. 6:13.) Standing our ground is doing something. We stand on the promises of God and we are not moved. We stand. We persevere. We keep putting one foot in front of the other. We do not give up.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” (Gal. 6:9.) To persevere means to “continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty.”  We must not become weary, but we must keep on. For the victory will come, the harvest will peak.

Stand Your Ground

If you feel like it’s all you can do to hang on, that’s ok. Just hang on and believe. Trust and obey. Keep going. If you feel like all you can do is stand, that is enough. Stand firm then in your faith. Persevering. Getting up, putting one foot in front of the other, asking the Lord to help you and believing that He will, is spiritual warfare too.

Stand firm. The answer is on its way.

 

What is the breakthrough you are waiting in faith for today?

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Spiritual Warfare: Basics

Sword & Shield SmallBack in November, I posted about “Spiritual Weapons: Praise”  and I wanted to continue on this topic with some more thoughts about spiritual warfare. So, I’m going to post about this on Fridays for awhile. I hope you’ll join me!

I’m really blessed because I’ve grown up with a knowledge of spiritual warfare. I’ve heard a lot of teaching on it, read some excellent books and have had a fair amount of my own experience in it. But the concept of spiritual warfare is new to many people, even some who have been in the church for years.

Satan is Real

The fact is we have an enemy. This is a reality that can’t and shouldn’t be ignored. We don’t need to be afraid of him; he is defeated by the cross of Christ. But he does exist. The Bible says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour,” (I Peter 5:8.) And we know from John 10:10 that, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;”

The Enemy’s Plans

Satan hates God’s children and he doesn’t want anyone to go to heaven. This means he is going to cause death and destruction whenever he can. He is going to pull people away from God however he can. He is going to try to discourage the saints and get their eyes off God. His ultimate goal is that we would turn away from the Lord and call Him unfaithful. That’s what he tried to accomplish with Job, but he failed miserably. Satan took (with God’s permission) everything from Job and even afflicted his body, but Job would not turn away from the Lord. This is what we are up against.

The Enemy Defeated!

Now, the good news. Satan is already defeated by the cross of Christ and the blood that Jesus shed for us. “He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross,” (Colossians 2:13b-15.) Satan is defeated in that now there is a way for anyone to come to God through Jesus, but the battle still goes on for the souls of all people. In the end, Satan will be completely vanquished and banished from the earth, but for now, we need to know our enemy and yet operate in the victory God has for us.

Our Victory is Real

We do not need to fall for Satan’s tricks or temptations. We do not need to be discouraged when it seems he is at work. We must remember this:  “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world,” (I John 4:4, italics mine.) That’s right. The Lord who dwells in us is SO much greater than any evil spirit in this world. Our victory is sure. But we must stand up and claim that victory in a daily basis. We must remember that it is ours. We must remember to walk by God’s principles and not the world’s because that’s where the victory is found. So, let’s thank God that He is in us and He is greater than the enemy. Let’s focus on Him and give Him praise and ask Him to help us grow in our ability to prevail in the midst of spiritual warfare!

Can you think of a time when you knew you were in a battle against the enemy? Would you share it with us?


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