Know Your Enemy Pt. 4 – How to Fight Back

For the past couple of weeks I have been doing battle with a very nasty episode of bronchitis. My weapons for this battle included two visits to the Emergency Dept., a chest x-ray, antibiotics, two puffers and pain pills. After 2 1/2 weeks there are still a few minor skirmishes going on in my airways but I am finally winning the battle. I thank God for the medical helps that He has made available to me.

I also thank God for equipping me with the weapons of warfare that are needed to stand against the attacks of my enemy, the devil. Although the war has already been won through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our enemy continues to do battle with God’s people. He knows that his time is limited and he is busy wreaking as much havoc and destruction as he can before his time runs out.

In knowing how to do battle, one must understand who and what is one’s enemy. The devil is a spiritual being and he uses spiritual weapons.

Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world’s rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

In order to do battle with a spiritual being who uses spiritual weapons, we must also use spiritual weapons. We have been given these weapons through faith in Jesus Christ.

1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Jn 5:4 For everything that has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. [in Jesus Christ]

We can not fight the devil in our own strength, but we can be mighty in battle when we are in God and work through God.

2Co 10:3 For though walking about in flesh, we do not war according to flesh.
2Co 10:4, 5 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, pulling down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ;

When going into battle, you not only need weapons, you also need protective armour. God not only supplies the ultimate weapons, He also supplies the ultimate armour.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:13 Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Therefore stand, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness
Eph 6:15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Eph 6:16 Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,
Eph 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Truth.  Righteousness.  Peace.  Faith.  Salvation.  Word of God.  Prayer. These make up your armour and your weapons and are “mighty through God”!

So how do we win the fight against our enemy the devil?

Jas 4:7 Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Submit to God, put on His armour and wield His sword, which is His Word.

The following scriptures are my prayer for you:

1Co 16:13 Watch! Stand fast in the faith! Be men! Be strong!

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

 

Blessings

 

 

 

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WHAM!

Have you ever been rolling along in life thinking that everything is going just tickety-boo when suddenly – WHAM – you are rear-ended or blind-sided?

Recently, I posted a blog entitled “Confession” in which I shared the many reasons for my happiness, giving God thanksgiving and the glory for each and every one of them. Just a couple of days later, I received information that my former husband had made some very hurtful and untruthful statements about me to his co-worker. And I learned this just a few days before I was to see him, for the first time in several years, at my son’s wedding! Talk about WHAM! I felt liked I’d been punched in the stomach as all the old feelings of hurt and betrayal swirled to the surface once again. This was replaced by “righteous” anger (tongue in cheek) and I was looking to do some serious slapping up side the head.

Well, I gnawed on that bitter bone for a couple of days and then realized that it was literally making me sick. I asked God to take away the hurt and the anger and replace it with His peace and forgiveness – and of course, He answered with His matchless grace and mercy. I was even able to leave the gun and sharp knives at home when I went to the wedding (more tongue in cheek), and stand beside my ex for speeches and photos, complete with smiles. God is good!

I have often noticed that after I have been publicly praising God and giving Him glory, “something nasty in the woodshed” jumps out at me and “WHAM” tries to bring me down, in effect, to make a lie of my confession of faith in God. However, I know where these attacks come from and who is the author of confusion, strife, and sorrow. I have written of it before and I will repeat it here: we, as Christians, have a deadly enemy. That enemy hates the children of God and actively seeks ways to destroy us and our testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.

Joh 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy.

I believe that the more we step out in faith and the more we testify and promote God and His Son, the more the enemy wishes to destroy us. Therefore, I believe that it is important that we prepare ourselves ahead of time for the battles that are sure to come. Be alert and knowledgeable of the devices of our enemy. And most importantly, fill your mind and spirit with God’s Word and His promises. Wrap yourselves in His Word. God’s truth will be your armour and your weapon. The next time the enemy tries to “WHAM” you, “BLAST” him right back and then “shake the dust off your feet” in his face. Remember, we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. Amen!

1Pe 5:8 Be sensible and vigilant, because your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone he may devour;

Eph 6:13 Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 

Blessings

1Pe 4:12, 13 Dear brothers, do not be surprised, as if it was something strange, if your faith is tested as by fire:  But be glad that you are given a part in the pains of Christ; so that at the revelation of his glory you may have great joy.