Warriors and victors of faith!
Verse for Today: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Joshua 10:8 – The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hands. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”
The life of a child of God is crowded with a series of battles one after the other. Sometimes the enemy sends one strong king to fight us, but at other times he sends a group of his stalwart kings to intimidate us. When the enemy finds that we are growing stronger in our faith, he takes extra effort to defeat us. His agents who act like kings rule over the lives of so many and keep them as their slaves. But our God does not want us be defeated by them. He wants us to be overcomers. We shouldn’t be afraid of these kings because our King is greater than all of them put together. The enemy kings who attack us include fear, anxiety, frustration, doubt and faithlessness. But we have God’s ammunition of faith with us to fight our battles against these psychological enemies. Our God has given us His whole armor which protects us from all the darts of the enemy. When these kings send their fiery darts, we must handle them with the shield of faith so as to prevent it from penetrating our hearts and minds. We must also use the Sword of the Lord to destroy these darts which are intended to devour and destroy us. We must pray for spiritual energy to hold the shield firmly in our hands and to use the Sword skillfully. We must also handle these enemies of our soul at the right time rather than waiting indefinitely and wasting strategic opportunities. Like Abraham, we should redeem even the night to engage the enemy. When the first five enemies are defeated, there will emerge other kings like envy, competition, irritation, confusion, suspicion, intimidation, false accusations, false propaganda, distortion and character assassination. We need to continue to use the whole armor of God to defeat these enemies one after the other so that we will have total victory and corresponding peace and rest.
Dear reader, are you confronted by the enemy kings of your soul to wage psychological warfare against you? These enemies come when it is dark and when you least expect them. You need to handle all of them perpetually as they keep coming back to defeat you. There is no need for you to be discouraged or afraid of these enemies. You are to fight these enemies from victory which is already given to you positionally. It is time to claim and appropriate the victory over all these enemies by faith. You must handle these enemies one after the other. But when they come together with multiplicity of strength, we must handle them collectively. You must guard against any temptation to use weapons of flesh against these enemies because you will then be definitely defeated. You also should not allow yourselves to be tempted to wrestle against flesh and blood, but should always wrestle against your real enemies only. When the darts of the enemy come to hit you, use the shield of faith to protect yourself with one hand and use the Sword of the Lord in the other hand to cut the dart into pieces. Our enemies of anxiety, doubt, suspicion, frustration and fear try to subdue us and to make us trip and fall. But we must stand strong on the Rock so that our feet will not be shaken. You must face these darts with determination to destroy it in the name of your Lord and enjoy total victory. Today you are fighting on the side of the Lord who is the Victor. In His strength you can defeat all the enemies and march from victory to victory.
2 Chronicles 20:15 – This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s’.
Thought for Today
Our surrender to the Lord will make us fit instruments in His hands to fight battles against the darts of unbelief, fear, anxiety, doubt, confusion, frustration and irritation.
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