The enemy wants to destroy our lives through subtle temptation and deception. He wants us to try to fight his deceitful strategies with our human ability only—this is how he wins in everyday battles against us. However, we have to keep in mind that we are fighting from victory, not for victory. We have already won; however, the enemy is trying to keep us from believing that we are triumphant in Christ.
We draw our strength through our union with the Lord. He doesn’t expect us to maintain our victory without His help. We cannot do it without Him (Ephesians 6:10-12, AMP).
God supplies us with the armor to defeat the enemy successfully. The enemy knows how to strategize against us. He tries to keep us from believing in the finished works of Jesus Christ, which includes our healing, deliverance, soundness, and prosperity. If the finished works of Jesus did not exist, the enemy would not fight so hard to keep us from believing in them. We have to ask ourselves, “What is possible in our lives when we believe in the finished works of Jesus?” We have plenty to do while we are maintaining our trust in Jesus and His finished works. The enemy will make sure we have to fight.
WE FIGHT BY:
- Casting down thoughts that oppose what we believe
- Keeping our words in agreement with God’s Word
- Praising and thanking the Lord instead of murmuring and complaining
- Being aware that we will be tempted by the enemy
When we make it to the other side of the battle, we will find that we are closer to God than we have ever been before.
Be clothed with humility because God gives more grace to the humble, but He resists the proud (1 Peter 5:5-8, James 4:6, 7).
We humble ourselves by being in agreement with God through His Word. All we have to do is submit ourselves to God, resist the enemy and he will flee from us. To submit to someone means to give ourselves over to them or to yield to their power and authority. Synonyms of submit: to comply, bow, obey, agree, or resign. We can submit every area of our lives to the Lord. We can yield everything to His power and authority.
His strength rests upon us when we are at our weakest (2 Corinthians 12:8, 9). His strength is amplified when we are weak and yielded to Him. When we are strong in our own way (and our human strength), God gives us over to our own way. We lose the battles when we focus on what is only detected through the physical senses. But we can ignite our faith by speaking what we believe concerning the finished works of Jesus (even when they have not physically manifested).
Scriptures to Study
- Ephesians 6:10-12
- 1 Peter 5:5-8
- James 4:6, 7
- 2 Corinthians 12:8, 9