“God never loses a battle…….let me repeat that: GOD NEVER LOSES A BATTLE! He has a definite battle plan—and when we follow it, we ALWAYS WIN!”My dear friends, as I studied this week. I wondered what to share with you. Here are some points that really have been my heart focus from this week’s study.
Ephesians 6:11(AMP) Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.The devil has a planned offensive to attack, accuse and destroy us. Praise God that God always plans ahead. He has given us weapons and armor that allow us to successfully stand up against ALL strategies of the devil. Woo Whoo! We are meant for victory. This is God’s plan for us! God’s plan for you…..yes, you, is for complete and total victory!
I would like you to think about the situation in your life that is, at this moment the hardest, see if you can recognize the enemy’s strategy to defeat you. Do you see half truths that are based on circumstances, situations and people and not on what God’s Word says? Now, look at this situation with the thought that only victory can come out of this because I am learning to put on and wear the armor of God daily. What does that same situation look like through the victory “lenses” of God? What does God’s victory for you in this situation feel like? What can God do? We often spend so much time thinking about we don’t have, or don’t see, don’t know or can’t do instead of what God says and what God can do. One of my favorite thoughts is “If God can raise the dead He can answer this situation for me. If God can part the sea and bring the Israelites across on dry land how much more can He do for me? Time to learn a new way of warring………engaging in battle for His victory!
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (AMP) For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, 5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),He has given us mighty weapons……we are equipped with the state of the art Devil overcoming equipment. Yet, I find myself often resorting to shouting in frustration and anger and throwing rocks and sticks. Totally ineffective method that is usually self destructive for me. God knew we would have places in our thoughts that we are holding strong to. He created us that way. He wants us to build strongholds in our thinking that honor and glorify Him. The enemy tries to use this against us. When we hold strong to thoughts that are contrary to God’s Word concerning the situation it becomes a resting place or stronghold of the enemy of our soul, even the worship of our selves. We must tear it down. We can tear it down and totally destroy it with the weapons He has given us. The first and most important step in this battle is recognizing the truth.
How can I determine if a stronghold in my thinking is God occupied or a resting place for self worship? Who is glorified by this thought? Does this thought bring faith(comes from God) or fear(a tool of Satan.) Would God think this thought? Does this thought bring peace? God is the God of peace. Does this thought bring life or death? Will the actions that come from this pattern of thought birth actions that will honor God? Thoughts determine our actions AND THEY ALSO DIRECT OUR EMOTIONS!
John 8:31-32 (AMP) So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. 32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.What truth are we holding fast to? Is it what we feel? Is it what we see? Is it patterns of thinking that are a habit…..we’ve always thought this way so it must be so? There is only one truth and His name is Jesus. John 14:6(AMP) Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me. We must get the knowledge of God’s truth in us, renew our minds with His Word, than use the weapons of 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 to tear down the strongholds and every high and lofty thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Taking the time to check what we are feeling or seeing or hearing against what we know of God is mandatory in receiving the victory that God has for us. So it is important we know God. This is why renewing our mind to what God thinks and says is so very vital. For me this started with a prayer in which I prayed “Lord help me to seek you first with my feelings, thoughts and words. Help me to recognize when I am stepping out of being lead by your Spirit and into being lead by my opinion, wants and desires. What should I feel about this? What should I think about this? How should I see this situation? These are simple baby steps. Yet, God has been meeting me every step I take.
I want to encourage you to take baby steps too. Asking God to show you where your strongholds are and then expecting them to be demolished in a day is not realistic. Those patterns of thoughts have taken years to build. Begin by trusting God to help you hide His word in your heart. I asked Him about my wrong patterns of thinking concerning food and here I am almost six month later……still learning but increasing in wisdom and the fruits of discipline and overcoming in many areas. The strongholds of wrong thinking are being demolished. To God be all the glory!
I just pray that as my sisters and I seek you, that we would be taught by You. We just repent for allowing our thoughts to flow through our mind unchecked and unguarded. For years of building strongholds that aren’t places you reside. We ask you to be the Lord of our thinking, doing and speaking. We want to be lead by your Holy Spirit in all that we think, do and say. Thank you for helping us to know You as the Truth. Help us to grow in that truth. Help us to renew our minds and practice it so we may be transformed and prove what is your good, acceptable and perfect will. Please help us to take the steps this week to begin being aware of what we are thinking and how it is affecting our life. Help us to recognize the strategies of the devil and to be able to overcome them. Teach us to war! Help us understand how to hold our weapons, how to engage in battle and how to destroy the enemy. In Jesus Name Amen.
Now, dearest friends, I wish to encourage discussion and application. So please share what you are learning…..can be a challenge you are facing or a revelation that came as you set your heart to learn about His ways. What you have to say is important and needed on this board. Each of you are called by God for this study.