The Battle, A Word of Encouragement
Many of you are in a serious battle. Some of you are fighting for your very lives or for the life of a loved one. I have ministered throughout the week to people in many different places, and I have noted a common thread among those with whom I spoke; God's people are battling despair and hopelessness.
We boldly addressed this situation this past Sunday at OTC. We saw a powerful display of the anointing and heard reports of yokes being broken. Today, I pray for your courage and that the Lord restores your peace and hope.
We have an adversary named the devil. He is walking about like a roaring lion, seeking someone he may devour (I Pet. 5:8). We are instructed by the Word to firmly resist him in the faith (I Pet. 5:9). He simply cannot stand against our battle tested faith as we stand on and as we speak the Word.
There is a famous story in I Sam. 17:33 where young David appears before Saul to fight the Philistine giant, Goliath. David is challenged by Saul because of his age. He is seen as only a youth. Some scholars believe he was only in his early twenties at that time.
What Saul did not understand was that David had been trained by the LORD himself in strategic warfare. How did God train him? He placed him in the battle with a lion and a bear. This was David's schooling in spiritual warfare. David responds to Saul's doubts by giving an account of his experiences. He tells Saul that a lion and a bear stole a lamb out of his flock (I Sam.17:34).
The enemy is operating today exactly as he was thousands of years ago. He is a thief and a liar, and he attacks the weak and vulnerable. David is a picture of someone operating offensively, and effectively in authority. We too must learn to operate from an offensive position, rather than always from a defensive posture.
Once the lamb had been taken, David, in the power of God, rose up and went after it. He ran right into the battle. He smote the lion and delivered the lamb (I Sam. 17:35). The lion then rose up against David, so he smote and killed it ( I Sam. 17:35). David, by the boldness of the Spirit, told Saul that he killed both the lion and the bear and that the uncircumcised Philistine would be like one of them (I Sam. 17:36).
David had great confidence in the living God and in His Torah. Like Jesus (Luke 4:1-14), David fought the enemy with the Word of the LORD. We know this because he understood that an uncircumcised Philistine (I Sam. 17:36) was not a man of covenant (Gen. 17:10-11). In David's time, if you were uncircumcised, you were not in covenant with God.
We must learn all we can about, and abide by God's Covenant (our Bibles). Having done so, or more properly, being in the process of doing so, we can boldly enter warfare and fully expect to win.
David was an over-comer. We must learn to be the same. Over-comers are rewarded in this life, as well as in Heaven. Remember, David asked a question, "What shall be done to the man that kills this Philistine?" (I Sam. 17:26). In other words, what is my reward for entering this battle and over-coming. We must do the same when we enter battle.
I learned this years ago from one of my mentors. He said, "You have to know whether or not you have won the battle." Having heard this, I started to practice this "knowing" as I entered each battle. Ever since, as I actively sought the battles' reward, I have experienced a recurring supernatural financial reward when the battle was won.
The Holy Spirit is the one who empowers you to overcome in every situation. We overcome by the blood of the lamb and the WORD of our testimony (Rev. 12:11).
We can never disconnect from the Word of God and expect to win our battles and receive our rewards. Our strength is in His Word and our relationship with His Holy Spirit. God is the only one who knows the weakness of our enemy. The Holy Spirit anoints us with right weaponry to win any battle to which He calls us. In Him we have the strength to continue in the battle until we see the victory.
I learned personally from the Holy Spirit that endurance demoralizes the enemy. As you seek Him, God will teach you the rules of battle engagement, as He did David and me, even as a young Christian.
Today's word is a reminder that you have been given power over serpents and scorpions and over ALL the power of the enemy and nothing by any means shall hurt you (Luke 10:19).
May the Lord nullify all attacks against you, your family members, your ministry, your friends, and the entire church body.