It’s necessary to quickly recognize that the battles we are in are not against what is seen, but against spiritual wickedness, rulers and principalities in high places. We learn not to respond to conflicts in the flesh, but by the spirit.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God. Fleshly and worldly weapons have no effectiveness. It’s not by power, not by might, but by the Spirit of God that we are victorious. We often look back on a situation and realize we didn’t take a stand against the enemy as quickly as we should have, and we know we need to pray to become quicker and quicker in our effective warfare.
The quicker we detect the enemy is at work, the quicker we can take authority over him and command him to get behind us, as Jesus did. When satan attempted to hinder the Lord’s work through Peter and rebuke Jesus, the Lord quickly rebuked satan, not Peter. We, too, have to swiftly order our adversary to move.
We cannot let our adversary remain in a place where he hinders us from moving forward. There is not time to reason, debate, argue, or wrestle. He has no power. He has been defeated. Rebuke and command him to get behind us. He cannot remain between us and the plans of God. We are moving quicker and quicker, from glory to glory!
Matthew 16:22-23 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
As we call upon the Lord surrendering completely to Him, we can expect everything to change. God leads us to do specific things for specific reasons in specific timings. We are called for a purpose.
The enemy wants to stop that purpose, so he bombards us with accusations. He quickly says: “You’re not wise enough; you’re not mighty enough; you’re not noble enough; you’re despised; nobody likes you; you don’t know what you are doing.” The enemy is relentless when bringing charges against us, trying to get us to the point that we are no longer able to walk in God’s calling because we are looking at ourselves. We begin to feel unworthy, unrighteous and unable. As we focus our attention away from the accusations and onto our King, we see the lies for what they are: a futile attempt of the enemy to stop us from fulfilling our purpose.
When we feel weak, we remember we are mighty in the Lord. As we stand strong in His might, the things that have been sent to stop us come to nothing! It is when we are helpless we are reminded…it is our God who has called us. Of course we are not able, not enough; but God is more than able, more than enough. Then, as we step forth according to His calling, we walk in a tangible anointing, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
Spiritual warfare is our biggest challenge as we are being equipped to be mighty soldiers in the army of the Lord. Every word that has been made alive in us, is tested as we are experiencing its reality in our lives. In each battle, this is the question we face: “Do we believe Jesus is Lord?” Our response is our faith, our worship and our agreement with the Word of God.
Jesus is Lord and we know He won the victory on Calvary and works in and through us to win every battle. Because we know He is Lord, we do not heed any other voices. We follow Him, and stand strong in Him and the power of His might. Direct attacks can come against us to physically destroy us, or indirectly behind our backs to undermine what we do or do not say. Attacks come to hinder us and cause us to move backwards instead of forward. Our counterattack is denying the flesh, remaining in the spirit and allowing God to fight for us.
If God be for us, who can be against us? If Jesus is Lord, we are more than conquerors. If Jesus is Lord, the enemy is under our feet. Every if has to be removed and replaced because Jesus is Lord, hallelujah! Whatever battle we are in today, let us come in one accord and declare, “Yes, I believe Jesus is Lord,” and move forward victoriously, from glory to glory.
1 John 5:4-5 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”