Published By Deborah Negron
February 17, 2017
Knowing the word is essential to combat the Enemy
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. 5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. 6 For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. 8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. 14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. 15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. 16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. 17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
So the war is in the mind. The enemy comes and floods your mind in the midst of your rest. In your down time when you are tired and physically weary…
He plays dirty. He is not a person of honor.
In war there are rules of conduct.
There are things that are unacceptable by the all who are from civilized countries.
But the devil does not play by these rules.
He is like a lion that goes out scouting for the weaker, slowest prey.
He is like a vulture that comes after the wounded and weak. The Devil is one who has his demonic forces everywhere, since he is not God, and omnipresent, he has his fallen angels in strategic places to deter the work of God in our lives.
He desires to cause us to fear. He provokes confusion. He brings about strife. He draws people away from God causing them to recall their sin. Even after we have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, Christ Jesus. The enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy.
He intends to kill our hope and faith in the Lord.
He does this by stealing our peace, our focus and our purpose in God.
Finally, he seeks destroy the image of God in us. Every human being carries the image of God. In all of creation God only made mankind to resemble the image of God.
The enemy hates God. He cannot be forgiven for the act of treason and insubordination, when he attempted to sit in the throne of God. He along with every fallen angel (demons) do not carry the image of God. They cannot experience salvation. They are forever condemned. Yet, we have been given the privilege of being able to be restored to the Father.
John 3:16 says, 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
We can accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and become children of God. We then are given the power to grow and develop into those who grow to the stature of the perfect man, Jesus Christ, reconcurring the original image of God in us completely.
This angers the enemy.
So comes as a thief in the night.
He causes night terrors. He brings about anxiety. He tries all means to cause us to never fulfill the purpose purpose of the Lord.
But we can run to the word. We can read there that we a more than conquerors. We have been redeemed. The blood of Jesus covers us. It keeps us. The Holy Spirit empowers to trust God and rebuke the devil.
When we surrender to God and live for him, we are given authority to cast out devils, to rebuke the thoughts and attacks of the enemy to our minds.
Even to call out sickness and declare healing over our lives.
We are empowered and given hope as we read God’s word. As we spend time in his presence, we are given the wherewithal to stand in the evil day.
I am confident that as Romans 8 says,
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Not past sins. And even when I fail now, I have an advocate with the father. Jesus intercedes for us.