GOD’s rules of engagement requires that we learn to fight our battles His way…
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing EVERY thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
The battle will be won or loss first in your mind, with regard to your attitude.
The fear you sense may be real, in your circumstances, but the point is you NEVER let your fear control you.
We must learn to face our fears and conquer them, in the power of Christ.
The Word tells us that, “GOD has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND” (2 Timothy 1:7).
We have to put our spiritual armor on every day, in preparation for the battle ahead.
The Voice (VOICE)
10 Finally, brothers and sisters, draw your strength and might from God. 11 Put on the full armor of God to protect yourselves from the devil and his evil schemes.
12 We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places.
13 And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground.
14 Yes, stand—truth banded around your waist, righteousness as your chest plate,
15 and feet protected in preparation to proclaim the good news of peace.
16 Don’t forget to raise the shield of faith above all else, so you will be able to extinguish flaming spears hurled at you from the wicked one.
17 Take also the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
[Paul knows that the real battles and dangers we face are not against flesh and blood. The enemies we see are real enough, but they are animated by spiritual forces of darkness that stay strategically hidden from view. These powers often reveal themselves in institutional evils—genocide, terror, tyranny, and oppression—but the weapons needed to combat them are not earthly weapons at all. What is needed, Paul advises, is to stand firm in God’s power and to suit up in the full armor of God. Although the devil and his demon armies are destined for destruction, they are serious threats now and must be resisted and beaten back. For Paul, the best offensive weapons we have are the word of God and prayer]
18 Pray always. PRAY IN THE SPIRIT. Pray about everything in every way you know how! And keeping all this in mind, pray on behalf of God’s people. Keep on praying feverishly, and be on the lookout until evil has been stayed.
The Helmet of Salvation and the Shield of Faith are important because the battle begins in our minds, which necessitates our holding up our Shield of Faith, in order to block the fiery darts the enemy is sending, that are aimed at our mind.
The way we overcome is through the adjustment of our thinking (Not letting our fears control us), but rather we prepare for the battle ahead through REPENTANCE (Greek: Metanoia, which literally means to change the way you think) and the changing of our attitude, as we focus on the reliability and trustworthiness of both GOD and His Word.
Our feet being shod with the Gospel of Peace is important because we must always keep our center of gravity underneath us, during the battle, as the fiery darts from the enemy are intended to keep us off balance.
The time to put our armor on is at the start of each day, in the wee hours of the morning, before our day begins; and then to maintain that connection and communication with God throughout our day.
October 15, 2020
FIGHTING TAKES TRAINING!
1 Chronicles 12:2
“Armed with bows, using both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows with the bow. They were of Benjamin, Saul’s brethren”
“Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.”
As we continue our study of the men who followed David, another characteristic was their ability to war.
They learned how to battle with both the right hand and the left hand for hurling stones.
If you have ever thrown a ball, you know that you can aim effectively with your dominant hand — but try it with the opposite hand — it’s far more difficult to throw accurately.
But the men that followed David learned to throw with both arms effectively! It must have taken months of training to develop such skill.
We also learn to war, not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. And we too must train to use our spiritual weapons, and to use them accurately.
The word of God is a sharp sword when used with skill and spiritual authority, and the right scripture for a situation can bring tremendous healing and deliverance; but we must know the word and walk in the spirit to be able to use it in warfare.
Furthermore, every serious intercessor knows he must learn to concentrate his mind and will intently for battling in prayer.
For his aim to be accurate and penetrating he must overcome the tendency to wander in his thoughts and lose focus on the issue at hand.
To be effective warriors we need to train our minds and wills to concentrate so that our prayers become like lasers for breaking through in the spirit.
In this day and age, Yeshua (Jesus) is calling us to spiritual battle, and our training is critical for success and victory.
We must know the word and use it skillfully, and we must learn to concentrate in prayer for the spiritual objectives to which we are called.
The Lord will equip us as we ask and seek Him for it, and do our homework. Let’s be inspired by David’s mighty men, training diligently to take aim in our battle with the powers of darkness!
Your family in the Lord with much agape love,
George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
St. Augustine, Florida
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