As the Holy Spirit deals with pride and self-sufficiency, He manifests Himself through us with increasing glory. As His love, light and healing comes forth, we learn to depend on Him alone and see our enemies conquered.
Gideon, whose three hundred men put torches in their clay pots and surrounded the army of the Midianites, is a great example. When the signal was given, they blew the trumpets, broke the clay pots and the light flooded out. It confused their enemies to the point that they fought and destroyed one another. The clay pots had to be broken. The directions they received from God required that their own ways be ignored. It’s a beautiful picture of the children of God having Christ inside them: a treasure in earthen vessels. They didn’t focus on how many were in the enemy’s camp, and neither should we. They trusted the sword of the Lord. When we are instructed by the Lord, we humble ourselves and acknowledge He is our sufficiency.
Battles are won in the name of Jesus. Our stepping forth in one accord causes confusion in the enemy’s camp. Whatever opposition we face, we can trust the greater one who is in us—Christ is all we need. When our flesh is out of His way, His power gushes in unexpected measure, from glory to glory!
Judges 7:20 “Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, ‘The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!’ ”
The opposition of the enemy comes in many ways. He either tries to make us ineffective where we are, or completely move us from our place of destiny. To do so, he moves from bringing distraction–to bringing depression. With depression, he brings discouragement. The fear of not making it can cause us to move away, to flee. When we give in to these lies of defeat, we give up.
Nehemiah and Elijah both had a report that someone was coming to kill them. Jezebel was indeed after Elijah, but the word that Nehemiah received was a lie. In both situations, the fear of dying or not making it was used by the enemy to make them flee. Elijah fled with much depression and fear, but God rescued him. Nehemiah refused to flee, and didn’t believe the false prophetic word because it didn’t line up with God’s Word.
Elijah looked at his own life and feared to lose it, so he fled the scene. The enemy attempts to get us to focus on ourselves and save ourselves. We cannot. We have already died in Christ, so we have no fear. We confront every conflict by God’s grace. We do not flee from fear; we stand by faith. Only God has the authority to tell us to move to another place. When He does, it’s never out of despair, but out of peace. He truly leads us from glory to glory!
Nehemiah 6:11 “And I said, ‘Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!’ ”
When we know the Lord has led us to where we are, we can resist the temptation to leave when we are battling. It could be a relationship, a location, a job or a church. When the Lord plants us, He waters and gives the increase as His plan for us is to flourish there in abundance.
We grow into all that He has for us as we abide in Him. We do not produce the fruits; we bear them as we rest in the source. Our abiding place in the Lord cannot be taken away. However, the enemy will always attempt to move us from where God has placed us because he knows it’s for fruitfulness. Spiritual opposition we may encounter is an additional confirmation, we are in the right place at the right time, in God’s perfect will. No situation can uproot us and transplant us to another territory when we are certain God, Himself, has positioned us for such a time as this.
In our place of obedience the fruit of the Spirit becomes evident in our lives, and blessings are greatly manifested. There is a fresh watering of the Spirit coming upon the people of God. We will have greater surety in our steps, increased holy boldness, and even deeper roots in the things of the Kingdom. When we are planted by the Lord, we become immovable, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 61:3 “To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
The Word of God tells us to take the shield of faith, above all. Above all does not mean first in importance; it means covering all. The shield of faith covers all the pieces of the armor of God. Every part of the armor corresponds to a truth we have in Christ, and our faith in that truth keeps that truth secured at all times.
The fiery darts often come against the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness. The thoughts that come against the truth of the gospel are darts that have the potential to hinder our walk of faith. What we believe in each of these areas tells us which shield we need. The Word of God is the truth we declare and the sword of the Spirit. As we walk in fullness, every area is covered. We declare what we believe in our hearts confessing our Lord who covers all areas for total impact.
In areas where our faith needs to be increased, the Lord will reveal the appropriate truth in His word to help us grow from faith to faith. There are times when loved ones hide behind another’s faith, but only until it’s time for them to have their own shield of faith. Everyone has to believe for themselves, and the Lord is faithful to bring us all to completion, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 6:16 “… above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
As soon as God instructs us to do something, no matter how insignificant, the enemy will try to bring doubt to cause us to go no further. When we waver, we go back and forth on a decision and cannot move forward. We remain at the same place; we take a few steps forward and then the doubt moves us the same few steps backwards. As we learn to trust in the Lord, we become steadfast and move with surety in our steps.
The first lie satan spoke to Eve made her question herself, “Has God said?” As we place our desire to obey the Lord above all else, we move forward no matter what, enabled by the Holy Spirit. We do not question God. We take all thoughts that are in opposition to God’s will captive immediately. God is able to speak loud enough if He wants us to go another direction. He does not do that through doubt, unbelief or fear. He leads us by His spirit; His peace, joy and righteousness.
When God decides, He also provides. We stand by faith and wait upon His ways. God is so awesome that He carries us through any back and forth moments. He helps us to walk in even more determination, from glory to glory!
James 1:6-8 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man supposes that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”