Thursday, September 6, 2018

HOW TO DO BATTLE WITHOUT BECOMING A CASUALTY, KEEPING YOUR FOCUS ON JESUS!

Lesson 32
We all go through times of warfare, but how we handle it determines the outcome. 
We often get so distracted and consumed by issues in our lives, that our minds are taken over by what the enemy does instead of focusing on the power of God. The result is heaviness, confusion and soulish thinking.

Then we empower the enemy by talking about all the issues, speaking exactly what we do not want.
The issues become so big that they become strongholds in our minds, but the Word says that we war not with fleshly, carnal weapons, but with the weapons of warfare that pull down strongholds, taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ.
 2 Corinthians 10:3-6  (KJV)
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
When we are fully persuaded that God is Almighty and that He has already won the victory over satan and all his powers, we rise up in faith to conquer in every situation by being victory-minded, standing on the Word of God, which doesn’t change!
Our battle is against spiritual forces in the heavenly places, as well as on earth. 

The Holy Spirit admonishes us:
1) To draw from the strength of the Lord and be strong in the power of His might.
2) To put on the armor of light (which is the Christ in all HIs facets)
3) To take our stand in the light and have no communion with darkness.  
4) Prayer is the way in which we battle in the Spirit and God’s Word is our chief weapon.

This is what it means to be clothed in the armor of God - the armor of light.  It is to be clothed in Christ - in the truth (belt), our minds having been saved from oppression, fear and torment (helmet), our hearts guarded with righteousness (breastplate, our protection the shield of faith, our feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace, the Sword of the Spirit (God’s Word) in our mouths, living in prayer and worship in the Spirit. (Eph.6:10-18)
Then there are other weapons, like praise, singing in tongues, prophetic declarations, keys of the Kingdom (binding and loosing).  We have to know which weapon to use for which situation, by receiving counsel from the Spirit in intimacy with the Lord.
In worship we get strengthened in the inner man by the power of His might to rise up with wings like eagles and not be wearied in battle - rising up in the spirit to have intimate communion with God, receiving His perspective on every situation - then speaking His Word over it, calling forth those things which are not yet, just as though they were – seeing with the eyes of faith!
The secret is to not lose your focus on the Lord’s power and on the end-result, persevering in faith until it manifests for God’s glory!  Amen!
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