This past year brought intense spiritual warfare. In recent weeks it has increased to a fever pitch. However, earlier this year the Lord gave me the following verses which I’ve held onto. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” God has shown me the war I’m fighting isn’t against flesh and blood (not against those I’m in relationship with), but against the principalities of darkness. We are to take every thought captive and demolish the strongholds set against us. We are to keep our eyes on Father and not depart from His ways which are not my ways. The Lord has also spoken Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me.”
No weapon formed against you shall stand
When we claim Isaiah 54:17 and walk forward despite the spiritual warfare at hand, the enemy becomes scared. How does this work? We walk in authority and power. Many Christians in the West are waking up to what’s possible when they walk in truth. The truth of who God is sets you free. The truth of your identity in Christ is what makes the enemy scared.
When we believe and walk out this freedom, the enemy will throw any tactic to get you off your purpose. He’s afraid of how God’s people are standing up to fight against him and not letting anything thrown their way take them down. Now is the time to stand up for our faith and tell others there is a hope worth believing in because the Lord will fight your battles. A verse which became dear to me in my divorce was Isaiah 52:12 “For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” God continuingly reminded me that He would protect me and my family each step of the way. He protects and guards against any of the tactics the enemy throws your way.
4 ways to stand up
- Heal from your emotional wounds. Only when you seek healing and undo the emotional baggage created, can you walk in freedom. The enemy wants you to NOT seek freedom.
- Spend time with Jesus. How much oil do you put in your jar? Spending time with Jesus creates a dependency on the truth to know what is true and what isn’t. Discernment is key to walking through hard times and staying true.
- Speak out. The enemy wants us scared to the point of not standing up. In order to continue the momentum happening and the revival coming, we have to speak out. Standing up for the truth is hard, but He says He is our rear guard and no weapon formed against you will stand. If you feel passionately about a cause or the injustice done, stand up and speak love in truth.
- Praise and rejoice. Despite the circumstances or other trials, we are to praise God even when things get crazy. Rejoicing in His goodness keeps anxiety, fear and other tactics at bay. What I love is hearing how the Lord is working in each of the people’s lives I’ve met this last year. We’re headed into an exciting time, and I can’t wait to hear how the Lord leads in the coming years.
We are called to keep going. The spiritual attacks will come, but when they do, keep walking. God is our rear guard, and He will not let you down. It may feel like you are powerless to do anything, but remember, the enemy wants to keep you there. Tied up and not moving forward. He came to set you free, so bury his truth into your heart and walk forward in freedom. His truth brings authority and through authority, you will stand up to the enemy. Cheering you on!