When the enemy comes into your camp…
Like a flood, the Spirit of God lifts a standard against him…Isaiah 59:19
We are all in this battle. It’s a battle of life and death! It’s a battle of fear and doubt! Good and evil! Human vs. an unseen foe!
Who you know, really know; will determine the outcome in this battle!
This battle cannot be fought and won with carnal weapons. No amount of physical artillery can defeat this enemy. The armies of man cannot defeat this enemy. This is an enemy that knows our weaknesses our fears and struggles. He knows strategies far beyond our wisest Generals and Commanders; and he knows he can win… if… we are left to our own wisdom and devices…
But the Spirit of the Living God has said he will fight for you. He will lift His standard and like a mighty flood he will win the battle for you, in fact the battle has already been won. If you know Him and call upon His name, the name above all names, Jesus the Messiah. The one who was born, died, resurrected, ascended and sits at the right hand of God and is coming again…He said when we pray believe that we have what we ask and it shall be done…Do you believe? Have you asked? Are you seeking Him with all your heart, body, mind and soul? Are you living in faith? Are you defeating the enemy by the word of God? Do you know Jesus? Are you a friend of God? Do you know his character and what he likes; do you know how much He loves you?
We are all broken, lost, sinners…But Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted, save the lost and set at liberty all those who will call on His name. He came to break the chains that bind you. He came to set us free from sin and death! He offers life to anyone who will accept Him.
The weapons to defeat the enemy are Spiritual. You cannot defeat this enemy unless you have the armor that God has designed to defeat him. It is a Spiritual girdle of Truth, Spiritual Helmet of Salvation, Spiritual Breastplate of Righteousness, Spiritual Shield of Faith, Spiritual Sword of the Spirit the Word of God, Spiritual Shoes of Peace and most importantly Spirit of Prayer and Praise!
This is how you fight…you fight in the Spirit with the Spiritual weapons of God, to defeat a spiritual demonic enemy…and Stand! When it looks like all Hell is coming against you…Stand…in Faith. Do not look with your eyes, do not doubt in your heart, but PUT ON THE GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS, LIFT UP YOUR VOICE TO GOD…PRAISE IN THE SPIRIT AND WITH UNDERSTANDING, OH, MAGNIFY THE LORD! (Isaiah 61)
Make God bigger than your war!
Isaiah 55:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says 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.
..I heard my Pastor say recently to look down at the ground then look up into heaven as far as the eye can see…that’s how far our thoughts are from God’s thoughts…
It is He who is fighting for us!
Make the Lords presence your dwelling place…keep him forever before your eyes and then watch the enemy retreat and run…This is how you fight and win!!!
Not in the flesh with flesh…but with the Holy Spirit to defeat the invisible spirit demons you can’t see…but first you have to Know Jesus the Commander-in-Chief!! And you get to know him by confessing with your mouth that he is Lord and with the heart believe in his salvation…then study his word, be in community with others who know him…
He said you will know him when you seek for him with all your heart!
Are you at the end of your rope? Are you tired of being beat up? This doesn’t mean that life will not be without struggles but it does mean that you will have a host of angels, an army of believers and a triumphant Savior who will fight together with you against the enemy of your soul and you will be Victorious in this life and the life to come!!
Most Holy God we welcome you and give you praise. We lift up your name and shout with a voice of triumph. We declare that you are the Lord of our life. You are the one who gives us peace and hope! You are our war cry…you are our strong tower and we run into it and we are safe…Thank you Jesus for your love and for the standard that defeats our enemy…All honor, All glory, All power is yours. In Jesus Name Amen!!
~Marla Shaw O’Neill January 31, 2018
Ephesians 6:10-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Whole Armor of God
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—