“The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.”
(2 Samuel 8:6)
David was a young man when he was anointed by God to be the next king of Israel. Yet, in between — he was hunted by King Saul, distrusted by leaders of other nations, his name and reputation was maligned, he was isolated, but surrounded by restless men, and often discouraged; yet eventually the day came when he was appointed king and he conquered all of Israel’s enemies …..
How many times have we seen this in the Bible? Abraham was promised that he would have a son, but it was years later after he was an elderly man when it happened …. Joseph had dreams as a child that he would rule over his brothers, but he was sold, enslaved, falsely accused, and imprisoned before being made second in command ….
Moses was chosen to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, but it was after the plagues, the people’s rebellion, and 40 years of wandering before they even made it there ….
Because of these biblical examples, we should recognize that we also may need to go through battles before getting the victories. We live in a culture that wants everything to come easy, but that’s just not how God does it for His people. He allows us to go through the battles so that we learn vital spiritual lessons along the way necessary for our growth and the building of character strengths ….
We don’t just wake up one day spiritually mature and patient. Instead, we go through battle after battle with the devil, the world, and our flesh. Some battles are long and tedious, and some are short and easily won. Either way, we can get battle weary if we forget that our victory is coming. The Lord is faithful to keep His promises even in the midst of our weariness ….
In the few years that I have been a believer in Jesus there has been many times where I have gone through trials, tests, and battles. I can’t say that they were fun times, but the were both necessary and part of building my faith to where it is today. Yes, some will say, “what can she know — she’s just a baby christian”.. but I assure you I have become a seasoned warrior, especially in prayer.
When the enemy comes in like a flood, you can be rest assured it is not because you are doing something wrong, but it is because you are doing something right. So let me encourage you in your own spiritual walk and share with you some of the things I have learned about how the enemy attacks you and how you can overcome them ….
So, first let’s look at the powerful verse found in (Isaiah 59:19) ~
“So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”
In this verse we can see that when people start doing the right thing: fear the Lord; (being in awe and reverence of God), then this is when the promise comes into effect. The enemy has no need to come in like a flood when people are not honoring and serving God. Why, you ask? Because they are already accomplishing His purposes, of course. It is only when people are becoming dangerous to the enemy of our souls that he needs to try to fight what is going on ….
First and foremost you need understand that when you come under attack that it is spiritual in source and nature. Many times we are tempted to look at the various circumstances or people and view them as the enemy. They may be tools of the enemy, but the enemy is spiritual in nature, not physical. As it is confirmed for us in the book of Ephesians ~
“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.” (Ephesians 6:12).
Your enemy is not people, finances, or obstacles of any kind. The root cause is a spiritual agenda that wants to stop you from doing the things you are doing that is infringing on the kingdom of darkness …
Next you need to understand that the weapons of our warfare are not physical — but spiritual. (2 Corinthians 10:4) If you are going to fight a spiritual battle, you have to use the weapons that work in that realm …
What are those, you ask? These weapons are prayer, fasting, and the Word of God. When you are in a spiritual battle, you need to increase your prayer time, skip some meals, and get into the Word of God for both direction and the building of your faith …..
Don’t try to win this battle with human reasoning and methods. Let the Lord win this battle for you. Let His Spirit, the Holy Ghost lift up the “battle standard” against him. We have unimaginable power given us through the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8) and it is only with and through His power will be able to adequately be equipped for battle…
A standard was an old English word that was used in battle when a standard or flag was raised, it was the signal for all the troops to rally at that point. The Hebrew word “Nuwc” means to fly (to the attack) on horseback. So let the Holy Ghost be the one that lifts up that standard that repels the enemy ..
One of the greatest temptations and mistakes that I have faced has been when I have given up when things were just getting hot. I have learned that many times the battle rages the fiercest when the victory is almost won ….
You need to understand that the enemy of our souls has an intense hatred for anyone that will follow Jesus wholeheartedly. He will not just lay over like a beat dog and expose his neck at the first sign of battle. Remember your Word — he goes around as a roaring lion –not a whipped puppy. (1 Peter 5:8) He is looking to devour you. He is looking to defeat you and most assuredly, he is looking to steal your joy, kill your faith, and kill you; ultimately destroy you!! (John 10:10)
So when things get hot, when they get tough, when they get scary, don’t give up. Your redeemer draws near. (Luke 21:28)
Understand that any battle is probably going to cost you something. Most of us have a concept of a loss-less victory. Simply not true. In warfare in the physical realm, war costs lives and resources, so in essence in the same manner in the spiritual realm it may cost you. However, that is the price of taking up your cross and following Jesus …..
The Apostle Paul is a good example of how spiritual warfare cost him. He was beaten, stoned, imprisoned, left for dead, famished, ect. All of those things were the cost of the war that the enemy brought against him. But he learned a very important lesson in all of it that he recorded for us in (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Allow Christ to be your strength when the enemy comes in like a flood. Remember His Word — Rest in His promises —
“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:9-13).
“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
Let us pray ~
Thank You Lord that there is no principality nor power which can nullify the power of our almighty God; for greater is He that is indwelling us than he that is in the world. Father we pray for those that today are being blinded by Satan, who is the god of this world and who seeks to hide the truth of the glorious gospel from all those that are dead in their sins and perishing, in a pit of unbelief. Open their eyes we pray; open the minds of all those that have been deceived by the lies and deceit of the evil one and break the chains that are enslaving them we pray. Precious Lord, we also pray that they may be guided by Your mighty hand that all those chains may be broken and the scales fall from their eyes.
I call on you today as a blood-bought child of God asking for Your help and protection in this time of spiritual attack on them and myself. I believe that Jesus died for my sins and that through His death and resurrection, sin and satan are a once and forever defeated enemy and that in Christ Jesus my Lord, I have victory over all the powers of darkness that would seek to spiritually shipwreck my trust and faith in Jesus Christ my Saviour.
Lord as I stand before you, I know that I am united in Christ and that there is nothing that I should fear. I know that Satan has a hatred of all those that are called by Your name, and that he schemes and plots against those that are positioned in Christ. Deliver me I pray from the dangers and evils with which the forces of evil would seek to ensnare me and keep me I pray from all forms of temptation, so that I do not give the devil a foot-hold in my life. I thank You for the spiritual armour with which I can clothe myself daily and keep me alert to the devil’s schemes that I may resist all his advances against me in the power and strength of the Holy Ghost. All this I ask in the mighty name of Jesus, Who died and rose again so that Satan’s power over my life would be forever severed – and in Whose name I pray, Amen …..