Leslie Shields has a doctorate in Christian Education and Evangelism. Her heart is to help others apply the Word of God to everyday living.
Stand Strong! In the midst of the darkness, in the midst of the attack against your mind, your finances, your relationships, and everything else, you must choose to stand strong!
Easier Said Than is Done!
For the past few months, I wake up every morning with the enemy in my ear. Every morning he tells me that I am not going to make it. He tells me that I am not doing enough. I am not kind enough. I am not fulfilling my call, that I am a general disappointment and that I will not reach God's destiny for my life. I hear this EVERY MORNING!
There have been many days when I succumbed to the pressure of his words in my ear. Many days when I have felt unworthy to go to the Lord for help. Many days when I went about my day spiritually paralyzed by the thoughts planted in my head..
Bad Boy, Bad Boy What 'Cha Gonna Do When He Comes for You?
My early morning situation or state of being was dictated to me by the devil. I could choose to accept it or reject it. Some days I did both.
I was/am in daily warfare, [You probably are too...] for no other reason than the fact that I am a Believer in Jesus Christ as the Son of the Living God and the Savior of the world.
Satan designs warfare for the sole purpose of negatively affecting our circumstances. If he can get us to doubt God or lose confidence in the Word of God, then he can take us captive.
Many professing Christians are held captive by Satan and his demons. The sad part of it is they don't realize it. If I take in Satan's lies about myself, I will be taken captive.
Weapons of Our Warfare
The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
God knows that I have enough of His Word in my heart to overcome the daily attack of the enemy.
The Word of God contains our warfare weapons. The Holy Spirit teaches us how to war with using the Word. It is up to us to put it into practice.
Satan's 3 Strategies Against the Body of Christ
In The Garden of Eden, Satan presented Adam and Eve with three temptations:
- The lust of the flesh
- The lust of the eyes
- The pride of life
These are the only areas of temptation. These things are of the world and not of the Father. They appeal to our natural mind, our natural body, and our natural emotions.
What Does he Want?
When he attacks us, he is tempting us to deny our faith, to lose trust in God, and to lean to our way of thinking and acting.
There are a billion ways to present them. But every temptation falls under one of these categories. It may be disguised as something else, but if you peel it back the layers, you will see it for what it is.
When we realize this, we can take the focus off the emotion of the circumstance and fight more effectively against the source of it.
Why Doesn't God Stop It?
God did stop it! God did His part when He gave me His Word. When I received I received Jesus as my Lord and Savio, I received all of the authority and power of the Word to use against the devil.
When we receive the Word of God, we are enabled to stand on the Word and are empowered to use the Word. It is up to us to do so. We can rest assured that there is no attack or temptation that will come our way that we have not been equipped to overcome.
I Corinthians 10:13
13 No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance], but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].
God knows the limit of our ability to resist temptation. What happens to me daily is within my ability through His grace to overcome. The consistency of this attack is causing me to build a daily habit of seeking God as soon as I wake up. It also provokes me to use the tools I learned in the Word of God.
A Natural Perspective
If you have raised children, you know the time comes when they learn how to walk. In the beginning, children love to walk and run all over the house. But there are other times when they don't want to walk. They want to be carried.
It's ok to carry your toddler, but good parents know that the more the child walks independently, the more confident he or she will be with walking. A good parent will not pick up a kid every time the kid wants to be picked up.
A good parent helps a child to gain independence. God is a good parent. He gives us tools and expects us to use them. He never leaves us and always guides us to the right weaponry to defeat the devil.
When Will the Attack End?
I don't know, but it doesn't matter because every day the attack comes is every day that I will fight back. I will rebuke the words Satan tries to plant in my head. I will replace what he is saying with what God has said. I will submit myself unto God, resist the devil and he will flee.
When Are You Going to Fight?
We must always make a choice in all things. We either choose to fight or we choose to be overcome. The choice is not God's it is ours. God will protect us but expects us to grow in our knowledge and our faith in His Word.
Once we know the Word, He expects us to use the Word; to fight the good fight of faith. This is our responsibility. I cannot stress this point enough. Nothing will happen until we put the Word in action.
Fighting is hard! But, no matter how difficult the times, one thing that should be undoubtedly clear is that you will not be overwhelmed or brought down by the circumstances.
Here is Wisdom
Our victory is not so much about what we go through, but HOW we go through. That choice is yours alone. Stand Strong!
[Ephesians 6:10-18, Joshua 1:9]
Leslie A. Shields (author) from Georgia on October 05, 2020:
Binoy from Delhi on October 05, 2020:
Nice thoughts. Keep up the good work.