Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Be Strong in the Lord!

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God.” (Ephesians 6:10, 11) NKJV “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of the flesh) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5)

As those scriptures indicate we’re in a battle. God’s people have been taking some heavy blows from Satan’s attacks as he continues to assault the church by putting pressure on one believer at a time. None of us are immune from his attempts to discourage, weaken, or defeat us, or put us on the sidelines for awhile.

That’s why God has given us weapons in the Spirit with which to arm ourselves and ward off enemy attacks. Some people will excuse the hard things that happen to us as just being part of what life itself brings upon us. That may be partly true, but we do have an enemy to whom we need to stay alert, be watchful, and arm ourselves by putting on the whole armor of God. Nothing gives the enemy more ground for attack than to passively resist his advances. Let’s be front-line warriors who confront the enemy’s attacks by using our God-given weapons to ward him off!

WINNING SPIRITUAL BATTLES

*Take the offensive in prayer! Ask God to light a holy fire in your soul by the power of the Holy Spirit, to transform your praying from weakness to prevailing power in the heavenlies - the realm where Satan’s forces gather.

*Do everything in the power of the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit has come to drive out Satan before you. “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19) In this warfare you do not fight alone; the battle belongs to the Lord. “The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you.” (Deut. 1:30)

*Saturate your soul with the Word of God! Maintain your spiritual strength at all times. “Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17) Use the promises that God gives you in the Bible to claim your victory!

*Use praise as a weapon against the enemy! “Let the high praise of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand...to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the written judgment—this honor have all His saints, praise the Lord!” (Psalm 149:5-6, 8-9)
Most importantly - employ prayer first to enlist the wisdom and power of God Almighty! Pray reverently, humbly, continually, expectantly, and gratefully. When we pray that way, the Lord will be pleased to hear and to answer. We will be blessed abundantly and He will be glorified!