Have you suddenly found yourself face to face with the enemy? Is he looking you square in the eye right now (spiritually speaking) and threatening your life? Is he telling you that youre going to die? That youll never make it so you may as well surrender and come out with your hands up?
Well, I have been where you are. He told me the same thing when I was having anxiety attacks years ago. I am here to tell you that you can win! If the enemy has backed you in corner, come out fighting. Dont allow his threats to get you discouraged and cause you to throw down your weapons. Instead, grab your sword, which is the Word of God, hold up your shield of faith and take after the devil. Put him on the defense for a while.
Knowing How To Fight
There was a man that our family used to know years ago who was always getting into fights. Just ever so often wed hear that he had beat somebody else up. I dont know how or why it happened, but it seemed like he was always in the wrong place at the wrong time. I never witnessed a fight he was in but what I have been told is that he knew how to fight. Even when his back was turned he could sense when a punch was coming from the other person and hed be ready. When they swung he dodged and then with both his fists swinging he would tackle them to the ground. He was one of those people you wanted on your side, if you know what I mean? He always won! I guess his first goal in a fight was to dodge the first punch. Because if you take the first punch, according to how hard youre hit, you might not recover enough to finish the fight much less win it. Youve got to watch for that first punch.
Its the same way when youre fighting with the devil. Watch for that first punch because hell try to hit you when youre not looking. You can defensively block his punches by being on guard and quoting the Word of God every day. Many Christians dont know how to fight the devil. Now, Im not saying I am skilled at it by any means, but youd be surprised at those who wont even try. Instead of getting in there and knocking it out with the devil they just accept whatever comes their way. According to the Word of God were supposed to jump in there with both fists and knock the devil around. The Bible says resist the devil and he will flee. (James 4:7) Well, what do you think the word resist means? Resist means to fight or work against; to combat. Many of you may not have known that. Well now you do! Pick up your bible and learn how to fight the devil. You may as well go ahead and throw a punch or two and see how it goes. No sense in lying there and allowing him to beat you up! Defend yourself.
Whatever the devil tries to hit you with have a scripture ready that will put him in his place. If he tries to hit you with sickness, swing back at him with a healing scripture such as, by His (Jesus) stripes I am healed. (1st Peter 2:24) If he tries to knock you down with some kind of financial problem use this scripture against him. But my God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
As you learn the strategies of the devil youll get quicker on your feet and better at fighting him. But, youve got to start somewhere, it may as well be in the here and now.
In closing just let me say, if you still think you cant win then read this scripture that is found in 1st John 4:4, Greater is He (Jesus) that is in you than he (the devil) that is in the world. You dont have to fall prey and surrender to the devil. Instead fall down on your knees and pray to the Father for strength. Remember, He sent His Son to deliver us out of the hand of satan and He in turn, gave us power over all the power of the enemy. (Luke 10:19) Dont say you cant win when youre up against the devil. Instead of confessing defeat confess victory just as little David did just before he killed Goliath.
Child of God, you can pierce the devil through with the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and walk away the winner. You may say, well Ive been fighting but Im not winning. As long as youre still fighting youre still winning. Besides, you have the advantage over satan. Your Big Brother Jesus has already whipped that bully over two thousand years ago. And you know what they say? It runs in the family.
Some quick tips:
Watch for the devils first punch. Be ready with scriptures.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Dont be ignorant of the devils devices.
Walk wisely in the Spirit.
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Copyright 2007 Darlene Osborne (ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)