One of the beautiful things about writing to you every week is the opportunity for me to learn something new every time. Thank you for always reading, encouraging me to write to you again.
…from last week,
Establishing the truth that there is a battle and therefore a battlefield, which is the mind, it only makes us properly equipped when we know how we should fight these battles.
Although I won’t be teaching from this scripture, I still think it’ll bless you to read it before moving to the scriptures and scriptural examples of how to fight the battle.
Ephesians 6:11-13 (KJV)
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
We see that this scripture bids us to be constant in the course of our Christian faith. Reiterating in other words that we hold fast the faith we confessed, not wavering. You must know and come to terms with the truth that the devil doesn’t want your money, he can’t spend it, he doesn’t want your health, he doesn’t have health issues, he doesn’t want your car, he is not driving anywhere with it, he doesn’t want anything material you have. The devil is tirelessly after your faith and the unfruitfulness of it. It’ll please the devil to see you cut off the vine because of your unfruitfulness despite all forms of nurturing. He doesn’t mind if you have everything in the world.
The devil is after your faith.
I don’t want to go over what I explained last week.
So, how do we fight this battle?
I’ll start with how we should NOT fight then move on to how we should.
2 Corinthians 10:3 (KJV)
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:”
Yes! we live in our human body. Though the consciousness of our humanity is undeniable and often times overwhelming, we are not expected to fight this battle in the strength of our human nature. No trick, no education, no mental exercise or positive thinking mantra, can overcome the devil and his “tricks“. Among a short list of things the devil is known for is “wisdom”. His wisdom is said to be due to his longevity of “days” and interaction with the human race from Adam up to this day. When it comes to the strength of man, the devil will surely win.
There’s a lot I wish to say to make it more interesting and crystal clear but I trust that short sentences will help you understand.
The moment you come down to the realm of reasoning (the mind, where the battle is fought) to fight, you are most definitely losing the battle.
In the realm of the mind, the realm of reasoning and sense, the devil slyly negotiates with you until you surrender to slavery.
I remember the first woman, Eve, when she was tempted, she repeated what God had told Adam. The devil spoke yet more words just to convince her that the fruit was good. Listen to how the Bible records her fall… It says “…when she saw” … Not exactly with her eyes because that was not the first time she was seeing it. It means she considered, she reasoned with Satan and because of that, she couldn’t resist him anymore.
This was different with Jesus. He didn’t stop submitting Himself under the mighty hand of God and this was evident in His verbal response to the temptations of Satan… It is written.
Let me add this, the memorizing of scriptures will not overcome the devil… I troubled some waters there, didn’t I? It is not the memorizing of scripture, it is in the submission to God. Yes, Jesus repeated scriptures but it was not from memory per sé but from a submitted spirit. We quote scriptures that have congealed in our souls. Scriptures that have renewed our minds and formed a new reality not just scriptures from memory.
when the devil lures you to the battlefield, do not go in your own intelligence, it is not the time to consider the possibilities, advantages and disadvantages, don’t go in your might or strength because he is banking on it. Do not be your own master, don’t be governed by your intelligence like Eve.
Always go in this might “… I am a man under authority”… Under the authority of Jesus, the One who conquered Satan.
You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. Let’s check out the scriptures.
Ephesians 6:10 (KJV)
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
Yes Sir!!! Be strong, not in your own wisdom but in the Lord!!!
James 4:7 (KJV)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Look at that!!! The Devil will only flee when you’ve resisted him. This is what it means to resist (its not by saying “I resist you devil” or by quoting a scripture). It means not yielding to him. As a matter of fact, the opposite of resist is submit or yield. The only way to not submit to him is to submit to God. Submitting to God means obeying God, flowing in the line of what He has said, letting Him take over your heart and desire through His word.
Yield yourself to God and, listen to me, you won’t have to chase the devil, he will see that you are a man under the highest authority and he will run after he’s tried to bring you out of that authority.
Submitting to God is hiding, exalting His word at all times in your heart and expressing it in obedience. (Psalm 119:11)
In summary, how do you fight and stand your ground against the devil?
Don’t fight from this realm, climb above the snake line, above territories of darkness and fight from the right hand of the Father.
Now, if you can, read the post again with the above summary in mind.
Thank you for joining me today. I hope you were blessed.
I’d like to hear from you, your questions and testimonies.
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God bless you.
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“I am a man under the Authority of Christ”!!!
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