We have many choices in this life, one of them is whether we’ll choose to live by faith or live in fear. I’ve spoken about this during a recent sermon and quoted Pastor Creflow Dollar from his solid teaching on this subject. You see the enemy, yes the devil, wants to keep us from becoming all that God created us to be by intimidating us and telling us lies. What kind of lies? Oh for starters,>that God isn’t with you, He’s too busy to get involved in your little plans and most importantly, you don’t have what it takes to get the job done so why make a fool of yourself. There are all kinds of additional lies and variations, but fear and intimidation are the enemy’s tried and true weapons. Fortunately for us, we can counter the enemy’s weapons with superior firepower that is freely given to all believers of Jesus Christ. I’m talking about the armor of God and I recommend that you read about it in Ephesians 6:10-18. We’re at war, spiritual war and you best take up your weapons and “take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” If we don’t, we’re sitting ducks trying to use temporal defenses and logic against supernatural spiritual forces. This will only lead to discouragement and defeat. Know your enemy!
3 “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.
On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (New International Version)
By the power of the Holy Spirit – Who lives within all believers – we can defeat our strong enemy. Going back to Ephesians 6, notice that the only offensive weapon found in the armor of God is the “sword of the Spirit” - which is the spoken Word of God. When we speak the Word of God, we’re hitting the unseen enemy with the truth, God’s truth. Satan and his minions thrive on lies and deception and to quote Jack Nicholson in the movie “A Few Good Men” - they “can’t handle the truth.” When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert, He relied on the spoken Word of God to send His Adversary scurrying to the exit. That’s why we need to read the Bible and take in and memorize God’s promises and spiritual truths. You see we become what we take in. If we fill up on the world and the temporal things of life, we’re setting ourselves up for the enemy’s intimidation tactics. We’re susceptible to his attacks on our emotions. Is my job secure? What if I or one of my loved ones gets sick or worse, dies? What if I don’t get that raise or get passed up for that promotion that we’re depending on? What if God is a billion miles away from me and unconcerned about my well being? Do you see how the enemy pours fear into our thoughts? The seeds of doubt are planted in our heads and it takes root. We then verbalize these lies and what we verbalize we now start to believe (now it’s in our hearts). The peace of Christ which transcends all understanding is supplanted by worry, which begets fear. See how it works? This can also lead to unnecessary stress, depression and other illnesses. Remember, the enemy wants you sidelined in God’s overall game plan.
So what do you do? Fill up on the truth, God’s written promises to us in the Bible. For every fear factor, find a biblical promise that counters the lie and make that deceitful thought “obedient to Christ.” Now instead of being driven by worry and fear, you’ll start walking in faith. And as you walk in faith – which pleases God and gets results – you’ll experience peace, joy and spiritual victory. Now that’s how we live the victorious life.
13I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 (New Living Translation)