Saturday, 18 June 2016

I Am Prepared To Fight. Are You?

Have you ever been in the situation where someone has said something to you and you couldn't think of a come-back, or at least not a good one? And then a few hours later when you're sitting on the couch at home by yourself, you have a light bulb moment and think of the most witty come-back ever, but you can't use it because you're too late. The moment has passed and because you weren't prepared to protect yourself you left feeling a bit deflated.

When trained soldiers are surprise-attacked, they often kick themselves into auto-pilot mode and let their vigorous training take over. They are prepared, whether it be with a weapon or a special ability, to fight back. They have been trained so well to protect themselves that they don't even need to think about it, it has become an instinct.

The same needs to happen in the spiritual world. The devil whispers in your ear things like,
"You're not as good at praying as ___, so there is no way God can use you to heal that person."
"God can't use you to bring people to him! You're too broken."
"You can't hear from God, that's only for pastors."

None of these are true yet sometimes they take us by such a surprise that if we don't have an instant response we can begin to doubt ourselves. We let fear set in and don't take the risk just in case we fail. Just in case the devil is right. Which means of course that person won't be healed by God, through you, if you won't even have the courage to pray healing over them. So not only did you not accept God's plan for your life at that time, you also affected His plan to use you to impact someone else's. All because we didn't have a come-back. We didn't have a fight song. (Thank goodness we are also covered with God's grace so He will create another way for you and that other person to access their God-given destiny.)

When you come under spiritual attack you need to have an automatic come-back that you have instilled in your heart to protect you from the lies of the enemy. And what better way to do that than with the sword of God (the Word).

Jesus had an auto come-back. When he was in the desert and the devil was trying to tempt him into using his supernatural abilities and to worship him instead of God, Jesus replied with, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'" (See Luke 4)
Jesus instilled the word of God in his heart and because of that, he was able to shut the devil down.

I have been working on my fight song for a few years now. Meditating on scripture that I feel reflects the goodness and greatness of God so that when I come under attack, I am prepared.

Isaiah 54:17 says, "No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper."
And I have taken that verse and spoken it over every circumstance I have had to face these past few years. And I tailor it to the situation too. When I am scared about anything I say, out-loud and very sternly, NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST MY SAFETY/FINANCES/MARRIAGE/FAMILY/FAITH/HEALTH SHALL PROSPER
I have repeated Isaiah 54:17 so many times that I even say it in my dreams now. The devil can't even get to me in my sleep anymore! Because I have instilled it in my heart. I have trained myself. I am prepared.

1 Samuel 17:37 says, "The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine."
If God has pulled you through a hard time in the past, He can do it again. Declare that verse over your life.

Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all this through Him who gives me strength." 
I can't tell you how many times I declared that over myself when faced with a difficult case in clinic. And that verse is for you too.

Psalm 23 speaks of the Lord has our shepherd. If you are unsure of where you are going in your life you need to instill that Psalm in your heart so that you can declare it over yourself daily and accept God's guiding hand. 

I am prepared to fight the enemies lies against me and, through constant interaction with God, continue to be more prepared each day. Are you?

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