The enemy cannot handle our power, that’s why he attacks what will attack our emotions. The enemy, “…prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour,” (1 Peter 5:8), but did you know that the enemy is afraid of our power?
The bible says that when Jesus crossed over to the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gerasenes, “…The unclean spirit ran and fell on his knees in front of Him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!…” (Mark 5:1-8). Have you ever imagined that everywhere you go, unclean spirits are afraid of your presence?
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is pulsing through your veins and the spirit of God is with you everywhere you go. As you go throughout your day, step into a room, you are encountering and tormenting unclean spirits just because of Whose you are! You cannot go anywhere without being noticed by unclean spirits ….
We look for spirits to be spooky or undetectable but the truth is, unclean spirits, just like the scripture tells us, operate through people. Behavior always gives them away. Your hater is not someone who dislikes you, your hater is someone who is being operated by an unclean spirit and is tormented by your presence. When an unclean spirit activates insecurity, immaturity will cause a person who admires you to hate you …..
Unclean spirits believe and tremble (James 2:19). You can start a spiritual war just by showing up in a place where the enemy is operating through someone. Remember, the bible tells us that the enemy entered into Judas: “Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve” (Luke 22:3).
When the enemy is operating through someone, they will be used as a crash dummy for the enemy — sometimes without even knowing it. You are the target because when you walk in power, you are the threat. The enemy will operate through the people closest to you, the people you trusted, the people you depend on, the people who you are vulnerable to, the people you are attached to, the people who can activate unresolved emotions, the people you love, your children and even your spouse to try to cancel your threat. As we saw with Judas, the enemy can use whoever is mentally or emotionally available to be used — even a disciple or even a Christian ….
No matter who or what the enemy uses, it is intentional. You’re a threat — a threat to the plans of the enemy in your life and the people around you. The enemy does not want your power to be empowered by peace in your heart and in your life …
Remember, the bible says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
The enemy is not interested in our stuff, the enemy is interested in robbing our peace by tormenting our soul (Matthew 10:28).
This is why the bible said, “May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
If our soul is tormented, our peace, truth, power, authority, purpose, and even our ability to stay in our right mind is hindered and, our power to rebuke the enemy and help others is neutralized (John 10:10).
Haven’t you noticed that the attacks on your life always feel like inconvenient road blocks, distractions, confusion, or instigators of fear, anger, doubt and anxiety? Just like you have the power to torment the unclean spirits, the enemy has the power and the permission to torment you: “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith will not fail…” (Luke 22:31-32).
The important thing to remember is this — the enemy cannot attack you without permission and he cannot attack your power (Job 2:3).
Our power is attacked when our emotions override our power. If you are bound, so is your potential. If you are distracted, so is your purpose. If you are distressed, so is your power. If you are emotionally stuck, so is your promise. And if your soul is tormented, so is your faith …..
The enemy does not want you to get loose, stay loose, or for your default response to be powerful. The enemy knows that if you get loose, if you walk in authority, if you stand up in power and not sit down in emotions when the fight comes, you’re dangerous. When you walk in power, faith and focus, you are an enemy to the enemy ….
When we allow ourselves to forget that our attack is because of our power, we loose sight of our power. Haters will hate, crazy will act crazy, people will try you, situations and circumstances will test you, relationships will stress you, and storms will challenge you to your core, not because the victory is not already won but because the enemy is trying to drive your emotions over a cliff (Job 1:10-11; 2:5).
What we have to remember is that the same reason that makes us a target, which is power, also makes us a threat: “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19).
When the attack comes, we have to practice spiritually responding like a threat. We have to remember that we have the power, through Christ, to rebuke the enemy (James (4:7), Matthew 19:26), and as a result, keep our mind and emotions in check. If we can focus right, we can fight right, forgive right, heal right, and even let stuff pass right ….
It’s not easy — but it is necessary. When we practice using power over our emotions, in front of our reactions, instead of negative feelings, against our doubts and fears, we can focus our faith on the next and best steps, the right words and the power thoughts that tell the enemy — “You don’t threaten me, my family, my finances or my life, I threaten you” (James 4:7).
It takes practice, patience and time but unless we become the threat that we are, our joy, peace and power will always be threatened …..