How to Use the Word of God Against Satan

GET DELIVERED FROM THE POWERS OF DARKNESS

We all Have an Enemy:

One of the most sobering facts about life is that all humans have a super natural enemy who uses pain and pleasure to make us miserable, stupid and blind for as long as he can. His names are satan, lucifer or the devil.

He is your enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

Sadly, the world is unwittingly following the prince of darkness. Marching obliviously to destruction and taking as many with them as possible. The strategy Lucifer is using to capture mankind has completely blinded their mind.

The battle is real and the intensity of attack on believers is like never before. But why are many Christians suffering under the attack of the enemy yet Jesus Christ overcame all?

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Our Duty:

As a Christian, you already know that Jesus Christ has already defeated satan for you. You also know that satan has limited time to corrupt and deceive as many people as possible. He wants to make you believe otherwise with the intention to keep you defeated and take everything that is rightfully yours.

This is where some Christians are deceived because they say “the enemy has been defeated”, then lie down and take a whipping. This is not the right approach. If God did not give us the responsibility to stand our ground against the devil’s schemes, then He would not have told us to “resist the devil”.

You cannot just stand and do nothing when an enemy is swinging a machete towards you. You have to think fast and act. The same thing happens when you are under spiritual attack. You don’t see the enemy with your physical eyes but he’s there and calculating how he will take you down.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”.James 4:7

Stand your Ground with the Word:

Our Heavenly Father understood that we would live our lives under the battles of the enemy. This is why He armed us with weapons of our warfare and told us to use them. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. 2 Corinthians 10:4

You see, even though the devil has been defeated, he still deceives, steals and kills. If you as a believer fail to stand your ground and use the word of God against all the attacks, then the enemy will unfortunately come out victorious over your life. God wants you safe until He permanently silences satan. To ensure you are well protected, He has given you authority over all the powers of the enemy. Not some of them, all of them to God be all the Glory!

Behold, l give unto you power to trend on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19

Have a Battle Plan:

If you understand a little bit about the military, you know that no unit would ever go to war without a battle plan. They must have a strategy to exploit the enemy’s weaknesses and to maximize their strength in order to win the war. You may not have physical enemies but you do have a spiritual enemy and he has waged war against you.

You must be well prepared and have a strong battle plan. Don’t wait until the enemy attacks and uses his strategies to frustrate your life. You have been given the strongest weapons there has ever been. God has armed you with great wisdom to outsmart the enemy. Lest satan should get an Advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11

Our Heavenly Father has given you the wisdom you need to keep satan under your feet. He trains our hands for war. He reveals the enemy’s strategies and then tells us the plan of counterattack psalms 144:1

God is the great General in this warfare. He has given you the hotline to call for help: “Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, pray at all times” Ephesians 6:17-18

Notice you have been asked to pray all the time. This calls for daily resistance, daily refusal to give the enemy an opportunity and to stand against his schemes. “Put on the armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:8

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Importance of Trusting God by Faith

BELIEVING GOD’S INTERVENTION WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS

There are times we struggle with all types of fears and insecurities, constantly worrying about our families or future. The only way out of such worries is to trust in God whole heartedly. To have the determination to know Him so that you may become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him….. understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly. You should always pray consistently because God intervenes through your will to receive from Him. He does not step into your circumstances without your permission.

When you learn to trust God – it fills you with hope and confidence because you’ll realize He’s greater than any situation you will ever encounter. Understanding God’s character and incredible love for you allows you to relax and trust Him in every area of your life. Satan’s deception makes you focus on all the things you can’t do. He wants you to compare yourself to others and notice your weaknesses. However, when the Lord looks at you, He sees your potential! He wants you to focus on your abilities; He wants you to lean on Him for strength to accomplish the great things He has planned for you.

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A perfect example is the story of Gideon from the book of Judges:

During those days, the Israelites were being oppressed by the Medianites, who were destroying their land and stealing their cattle. The Israelites had lost their freedom and were crying out to God for protection against their enemies. One day as Gideon was working in his father’s winepress and trying to hide from the enemy, the Lord appeared to him and said, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of courage. Go in this and you shall save Israel from the hand of Midian. Have l not sent you?

Gideon said to Him, “Oh Lord, how can l deliver Israel? Behold, my clan is the poorest and I am the least in my father’s house.”

The Lord said to him, “surely l will be with you, and you shall smite the midianites. Judges 6:12, 14-16

Imagine what was going on in Gideon’s mind? he believed that he was the last person qualified to lead Israel’s army to victory. But because the Lord continued to encourage him, Gideon finally agreed.

As Israel’s army of 32,000 men were preparing to go into battle, the Lord had Gideon send all but 300 of them home. God made Gideon take less soldiers because wanted them to totally depend on Him.

Sometimes we get too accustomed to depending on what our physical eyes can see that we forget the real power is in the spiritual realm. The Lord was about to teach everyone an amazing lesson: No matter what we have or don’t have, God can make up the difference when we place our trust in Him.

That day, Gideon and his 300 soldiers overcame the entire Midianite army-a force of more than 135,000 men!

My Testimony:

After being struck by numerous complicated health conditions, my mum became mute and bed ridden. When l learned of her condition, I felt prompted to leave everything l was doing including my family, and travel to care for her. I felt the need to pray over her and her home. It didn’t look good at all but l had very strong faith for her recovery. After one week of intense prayers, she gained some strength and started taking short walks by herself. I was exited and started sharing videos of her walking with family and friends.

One Sunday morning, she asked my dad to drive her to church because she felt strong – and wanted to thank God for her healing. Everything went well and members of her church were happy to see her back. Shockingly the Monday after her church attendance, she could not even get herself out of bed again. I hated to see her go right back into suffering. I questioned God and did not understand why she was healed only to be tossed right back to square one or even worse.

On Tuesday afternoon l went down on my knees and talked to God – this time I did not pray. The first thing l did in tears was surrender to His will and asked for understanding and strength. I told Him if it was time for mum to leave us, that His will be done – but not to let her suffer anymore. It was a moment of complete submission, the hardest and most painful thing l ever had to do. But my faith and trust in God was above all pain and fear. On Wednesday morning, mum went for full medical diagnosis. By this time she already looked happier and stronger. When l went upstairs to help her get to the kitchen, I could see that God had already started doing something.

We drove to the hospital and spend most of the day there. They checked anything and everything that could be wrong but her medical report came out clean. She’s as healthy as can be for a woman her age! Now she’s fully restored by the power of Jesus Christ!

Surrender to God by Faith:

I had no intention to share this because I’m very private when it comes to family matters. But this is the verse l have repeatedly come across since her healing: Publish His Glorious deeds among nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does. -Psalms 96:3

Truth is, God will not speak until you’re don’t speaking. He will not fix  anything broken while you’re tightly holding on to it. You must surrender it onto his hands. Maybe you’re like Gideon and the Lord is asking you to step out in an area that seems impossible. Whatever it may be, know that you’re in a great place for a miracle. The God of all the universe is on your side, and He never losses a battle! I encourage you to get to know Him and study His word. Talk to the Lord like He’s your best friend and ask Him to reveal His love and character in a greater way. Be encouraged and God bless you. Find out How to defeat Satan’s evil strategies against your life

 

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Battle Scars

As we endure life in this world, walking by faith and not by sight, walking in the Spirit of God and not in the flesh, seeking to serve the Lord and His Kingdom, doing that which He has commanded us — and entrusted us to do — it can get very lonely sometimes.

I think of the apostle Paul, whose letters — which he wrote from prison — are filled with sound doctrine and teaching; but also, his deepest personal feelings, as he endured great loneliness, being separated from his friends and fellow believers in Christ.

Look at Second Timothy 1.  He clearly missed his young friend, as he wrote:

“I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.   As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.  I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control. 

“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, — and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do. 

“But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.  Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.   By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”

And then Paul added:

“You are aware that all who are in Asia abandoned me.”

Yes, Paul was there, writing to Timothy from prison.  He was jailed for preaching the Gospel of our Savior, and he was alone.  No one stood with him.  All had abandoned him.

Then in Chapter 4, we have this:

“Do your best to come to me soon.   For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.  Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry…. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.   Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.   Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.   At my first defense, no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!   But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.”

In Second Corinthians, Paul describes what Christian ministry is REALLY like.  Starting at verse 24:

“Five times I received, at the hands of the Jews, the forty lashes less one.  Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea;  on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.  And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.”

There are many today, who will tell you the Christian life is all joy and happiness.  “Just walk the aisle,” they say, “repeat the ‘sinners prayer,’ and MEAN IT,” they’ll tell you…  And “Jesus has a wonderful plan for your life!”  “Just ask Jesus into your heart and you will go from misery to ‘your best life NOW!”  But friends, this isn’t true.  This is a false Gospel…  The fact of the matter is, the Christian life is NOT an easy one.  It’s NOT all happiness and joy.  If you are TRULY living out your faith and serving Christ, you will find yourself in frequent persecution, you’ll be mocked and ridiculed.  You’ll lose your friends.   You may even find yourself being sued in court; you may lose your business, your home, your freedom, and yes, in some cases, even your family.

Jesus Himself said in Matthew 10:

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have NOT come to bring peace, but a sword.   For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.   And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.”

You absolutely will NOT fit in with the modern culture if you are following Christ today.  It is at that point you have a choice:  keep your mouth shut and practice your “religion” in secret, in which case you will NOT endure any persecution and you can just “get along” with everyone — or you can be a faithful servant, obey the commands of Jesus and season this world with salt — being a beacon of light in a dark and dying culture.  Yes, you HAVE that choice.  So, what will you choose?

Those who choose the latter often find themselves very lonely and very misunderstood.  Because they walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh, the world cannot understand them.    Spiritual things are spiritually discerned; and those without the Holy Spirit CANNOT understand.  It’s not that they don’t want to… they just don’t have the Holy Spirit inside them, and therefore they CAN’T understand you.

“Religious” people will not understand you either.  Many times, you’ll even be viewed as a “troublemaker” or a “crazy zealot” by those in your own church, if you dare step outside the box and actually DO the work Christ called you to.  You WILL endure hardship and you WILL experience persecution if you’re openly and faithfully and unashamedly living the Christian life.  Those who preach “health, wealth, prosperity, happiness, roses and rainbows” are lying to you.  You should ask yourself what their motivation is… and oftentimes, you’ll find it’s very simple: it’s so that THEY can be well liked and popular among the people… and well PAID.

How lonely it must have been for Jesus Himself — MANY times — as even His own disciples had a hard time understanding some of His teachings.  Yet He patiently taught them and explained to them the parables the world could not understand.  And though they walked closely with Him for 3 1/2 years during His earthly ministry, on the night of His arrest, they all abandoned Him, when He needed His friends the most.

Look at Luke 22.  Here, Jesus was on the Mount of Olives, following the Last Supper.  He went there to pray with His disciples.  But His disciples couldn’t stay awake and watch with Him even one hour.  How lonely our Savior must have been as He prayed:

“‘Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.’  An angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him.  And being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

Not exactly “health, wealth, prosperity, happiness, roses and rainbows”… is it?  That was NEVER Jesus’ message.  That’s a false Gospel, that creates false converts, who quickly fall away.  As it has been said, “everyone wants to follow Jesus — until they find out where He is going.”  Now, I am NOT saying that the Christian life is miserable.  As a matter of fact, I don’t know how ANYONE can make it through this life without Christ.  There IS a peace.  Though the world around you continues to spin out of control into chaos and evil, as a true believer in Jesus, you DO have peace in your heart.

As Paul wrote to the Philippians:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Friends, we would NOT NEED “peace that passes all understanding” if the Christian life were EASY.  But BECAUSE we know Christ as our Savior, BECAUSE we have His Holy Spirit within us, we can have a peace of mind and heart that the world just cannot ever comprehend.  But it’s still, often, very lonely.

In the ministry work I do,  I get a great many phone calls, emails and letters from those who are seeking answers, and often seeking my counsel.  Some have grown children who have become wayward and left their faith behind.  Some have unbelieving spouses who are carnal and worldly, rather than spiritual.  Some deal with ridicule from co-workers.  Most all of them have very shallow “friendships,” with only a few at the churches they attend.  They often have NO ONE they can fellowship with, or commune with or talk to about the deep and rich things of God.  They feel so ALONE.

All of us, who carry the name of Christ and live out our faith — FOR REAL — have endured great emotional and physical hardships.  It often seems we’ve been in one battle after another, and we have the battle scars to prove it.  And it is when we are alone in the battle that things are most difficult and heart-wrenching;  when all have abandoned us, when even those we thought were our friends turn away.  This is also the time when the enemy likes to come and attack; and unless we remain in prayer and communion with GOD, we can easily become discouraged and depressed.

This is why we are exhorted — in the book of Hebrews:

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.   And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” 

How sweet it is to have REAL, GOOD fellowship with like-minded believers.  Not shallow small talk, fake smiles and handshakes during “greet your neighbor time” at your Sunday service… but deep, meaningful fellowship and friendships with the saints of God.  How wonderful to have a support system like that.  It is so refreshing to our souls when we have friends we can be open, honest and transparent with as we share our Christian walk together.  We can “compare notes,” and we can relate to one another as we let our “Battle Scars” show.

When I quoted from Hebrews about not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, I’m not just talking about GOING to church.  I’m talking about BEING the church — all in one accord — with fellow saints you KNOW are true believers and true friends that stick closer than a brother.

Some of the greatest times in my own spiritual walk have been with friends like this.  Recently, one evening, following a busy day at a Christian conference, I sat with a friend, one on one, and we just talked together.  We shared with one another our experiences in ministry, as well as the heavy burdens we both carry.  Though our ministries — and our battles — are different, and though some of our battle scars run deeper than others, they are all part of the same spiritual warfare we’re both involved in.

And then, after we talked a long time, we PRAYED a long time, with each other and FOR each other.  I’ve never felt such peace in my heart as I do at times like this.  As disciples of Jesus living in the times we are living in, I UNDERSTAND what the writer of Hebrews meant when he said, — “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” —  how it is even MORE important as we see the Day of the Lord approaching.

The spiritual warfare continues to wage all around us.  Those of us who are engaged in this warfare NEED one another.  We need real, deep, intimate friendships; fellow believers we know we can TRUST in any and every circumstance.  We need to KNOW they “have our backs” in our times of need.  We need such friends we can talk to and pray with on a deep, intimate level — and not have to worry about gossip being spread.  We need MORE than shallow, vain, repetitious corporate prayer time.  We need more than “small talk” — we need REAL brothers and sisters in Christ.

It’s like a little glimpse of heaven during these intimate times with our fellow believers.  As Jesus said in Matthew 18:

“For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them.”

If you don’t have this in your life, I encourage you to seek it out.  Pray that the Lord open those doors for you and then, even though you may have deep wounds and battle scars, let yourself be vulnerable enough to let them show, and let others know your needs.  Fellowship together, PRAY together…  build an intimate, close bond of friendship.  Because it’s HARD living a faithful and obedient Christian life.  And it’s even harder doing it all alone, with none who understand.  So, stand firm to the end, fellow believers… and if you need or want to talk with ME, I’d be honored to be your friend.  God bless you.

© 2019 Rob Pue, Publisher

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