The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace. ~Exodus 14:14
I receive so many emails from good Christian people who are looking for God to help them through a difficult crisis in their life. They question… why they are going through the difficulties? and where is God through all of this?
Unfortunately, following Christ each day, living a Godly life does NOT mean you are immune from the trials and tribulations of life. In fact, we may face them more than others because the enemy wants to destroy our relationship with Christ.
You have to understand that there is a very real enemy named satan, who is actively trying to disrupt the work of God. In addition, Jesus told us what satan’s goal is concerning YOU in John 10:10, to KILL STEAL, AND DESTROY.
These past two weeks have been particularly hectic for me at work. However, due to the hectic work schedule, I found myself trying to integrate my prayer life throughout my workday more than usual. As things got stressful, I tried to find ways to calm myself with prayer. It seemed the more I prayed, the more I was tested. The enemy came at me every way possible. The more he pressed, the more I pressed back. Let’s just say… he got tired of pressing.
What would you do if someone began to push against you, attempting to throw you off a position that is rightfully yours? How would you respond? Most people would lean into the weight and push back. That’s a posture of resistance. And as believers, we must know when it’s time to lean with all our might against evil. But how?
Prayer is the believer’s great privilege and powerful weapon against Satan and his plans. The apostle Peter wrote, “Resist him, steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9). James echoed this teaching:
“Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:7-8).
As we get closer to God, the enemy will do anything and everything in his power to pull us away. Sometimes he’ll use the people we love to do so! Have you ever noticed that when you’re trying to kick a bad habit, the enemy will send someone in your life who has the same bad habit? or when you’re trying to be celibate, here comes Mr. Wrong, all packaged up to look like Mr. Right? The more you try to do right, the more the enemy will tempt you to do wrong!
Isaiah 54:17 says that No weapon formed against you shall prosper.
When prayer is your weapon, you will never lose a battle. A friend of mine has been “dieting” for about a year in order to “fit” into her wedding dress. We celebrated her bridal shower this weekend and guess what? She did it!!! She lost a whopping 40 pounds. When asked by some of the other ladies at the bridal shower how she did it, she said “PRAYER”. Lots and lots of prayer. “Every time I wanted something unhealthy, I prayed. Every time I felt like giving up, I prayed. I prayed Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. I prayed after I opened my eyes in the morning and before I closed them at night.”
If you stay dedicated to God, He will not allow the enemy to have victory over you! He will give you the strength and courage you need to resist temptation. Stand firm, stay in the word, and start praising God for what He is about to do!
I know sometimes you want to crawl up in a corner and Pray to God that your problems just go away. But, that’s not exactly how it works!
Problems are meant to be defeated, We should not be defeated by our problems. If God took away every problem that we encountered, every time we prayed, we would never know how it feels to overcome them. You can’t have a victory without winning the battle, just as you can’t have a testimony without passing God’s test.
Instead of praying for God to take your problems away, Pray for Him to give you strength to conquer them. Today, get in the mindset: “I will not be defeated… I may have a big problem, but MY GOD is bigger! Ask God to protect you and fight your battles for you.
I assure you, the Battle is already won because God never loses a battle!
Let us pray:
I come against all those spirits trying to confuse me and hurt my mind or body.
I am a child of the highest God. I have the garment of praise today. Nothing can hurt me.
My boss, people, creditors, the spirit of intimidation or the spirit of fear can’t harm me.
I am more than a victor in Jesus. I rebuke these distractions and walk in the love of Christ.
Father, I pray for protection at night and during the day. Lead me to righteousness, and strengthen me.
I bind all negative powers and influences today. You have no authority over me or my household. I speak confusion into Satan’s assignments.
In Jesus name, Amen