Fight from victory!
Verse for Today: Friday, June 22, 2012
Psalms 55:18 – He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, though many still oppose me. (NLT)
God’s children are always in His hands and are kept under His wings and shadow. Such care for us is because God knows the dangerous situation we are in. The enemy of our soul is always out there to hurt and destroy us. He is a murderer and a thief and he comes to hurt us physically, emotionally and spiritually. His ultimate aim is to weaken us in our spiritual life and to drain our faith in the Lord. So the enemy uses arrows like doubt, confusion, unbelief and tension to distract us from our walk and our focus as we follow Jesus. He knows that our Lord has ransomed us from the clutches of sin. So the enemy uses the world system and our flesh as agents to destabilize us. He attacks us in our emotions and through our situations. He clutters our circumstances to make it cloudy and dark. He keeps on pushing us into fighting spiritual battles and will use subtle means to defeat us in our emotional life. He knows that once our weaknesses in the emotional area are exposed, we would go into self pity, doubt and frustration and become weak in our faith and trust in the Lord. So when the enemy comes to fight us emotionally, our Lord comes to comfort us and give us repeated assurances that He would never leave us nor forsake us. He reassures that His grace is sufficient for us in the weakest areas of our faith to fortify us to keep going. Our Lord recognizes those who oppose us, but they are only instruments used to defeat us by the enemy. The enemy knows that we are already ransomed by the Lord and that he cannot harm our salvation. So he will try to see how we stumble and loose the joy of our salvation through grieving and quenching the Spirit of God. Today our Lord wants to remind us that we are safe in His arms and that the enemy will not find victory over us. So we do not need to invite defeat into our lives by allowing doubt and confusion to reign over us, but claim victory over these emotional attacks from the enemy through Jesus who has already made us more than conquerors.
Dear friend, are you experiencing threats on your pathway from the enemy of your soul? Is he using some of your dearest and closest ones to fight you? Is he trying to plant seeds of doubt and confusion in your emotional life? Do you feel exasperated because of the attacks which come from unexpected corners? You need to remember that these are subtle tactics of the enemy to defeat you emotionally by making you fearful. The enemy of your soul wants to destabilize you by creating doubts and fear in your mind. He will use some of your dearest people to attack you so as to depress you emotionally and make you feel dejected and weak in your faith. You need to fight this battle on your knees by claiming the promises in the Word. When doubts creep up, fight it with the reassurances in the Word that He will not let you fall or fall away. You must rebuke the enemy and his tactics in the powerful name of our Lord Jesus. You have the privilege to use the shield of faith to stop and to break the arrows of unbelief and doubt. If you lack faith, ask the Lord who will increase your faith and strengthen you to face your situations with courage and boldness. When the enemy comes back to persistently attack you, keep using the promises of God and rebuke the enemy and he will flee from you. Remember, you are in an inch-by-inch battle for your faith. It is a daily struggle but you and I can keep fighting by using the whole armor of God. Let us attribute all our victories to the Lord and keep asking for His strength to stand strong for Him against all the wiles of the enemy.
Ephesians 6:10 – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.
Thought for Today
Our enemy fights for victory over us whereas we fight from victory which we appropriate by faith.
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