Every day is a battle, a war. While satan tries to kill, steal, and destroy, these are 14 things that I have found ground me deeper in relationship with Jesus and send the enemy running away.
I hope this blesses you today as you are on your own journey with Jesus.
1. REMEMBER THE POWER OF SCRIPTURE
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. (Hebrews 4:12 NLT)
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness,and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:1-5 NLT)
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105 NLT)
Scripture is our battle weapon!
2. SEEK THE FATHER'S LOVE
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (1 John 4:18 ESV)
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV)
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15 ESV)
His love defeats fear!
3. ASK HOLY SPIRIT TO ALIGN YOUR THOUGHTS WITH HEAVEN
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:5-6 ESV)
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)
Our thoughts and emotions are targets of the enemy; but, Holy Spirit can guard, renew, and help us think with a 'Heaven mindset' and not an Earthly one.
4. REMEMBER THAT GOD IS A GOOD FATHER
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. (Luke 15:20-24)
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:16-17)
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1)
He is a good dad. He won't abandon you or turn you away. He is going to celebrate us because He loves us. He will care for you and love you. He knows everything about you including all that you need because he is an attentive Father.
5. STOP WORRYING AND REST
So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest. (Hebrews 3:19)
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Believe, have faith, and you will enter into His rest!
6. KNOW THAT YOU ARE PROTECTED
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17)
We live under supernatural protection!
7. TRUST IN HIS PROVISION AND PLAN and… JUST TRUST
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Trusting in Him is a precious thing and the outcome of trusting in Him is priceless.
8. REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE DEAD TO SIN
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. (Romans 6:4)
So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11)
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
We are dead to sin!!!! And, though we will endure temptation we are alive to obeying God!
9. DECLARE YOUR IDENTITY
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. (1 Peter 2:9)
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)
By declaring who we are in God we are rooting ourself in truth that satan cannot uproot.
(I have a personalized list i.e. I am a princess of God, I am loved, I am…)
10. SPEAK/BELIEVE GOD'S PROMISES
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (2 Peter 1:3-4)
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:23-24)
God's promises stop attacks, harassment, oppression and fear in our lives. Our words carry power, as we speak the promises they come to pass.
"Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. (Psalm 2:3-4)
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)
And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
Laugh when you hear a lie. Laugh when the enemy comes against you. Laugh when all you want to do is cry. Laugh. It strengthens you. Laughter sends the enemy running (Psalm 143:12). We will not be shaken and will be filled with joy.
12. DECLARE THE BLOOD OF JESUS and TESTIMONIES
And they have conquered the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. (Revelation 12:11)
This is simple and powerful. The blood of Jesus and OUR testimonies (of healing, overcoming, provision, peace, salvation, etc.) conquer the enemy.
13. PRAY IN THE OPPOSITE SPIRIT
But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. (Luke 6:27-31)
Let's widen this to not only our actions but our prayers. Let's not ramble on about the depression, the hurt, the sickness. Let's make our prayers more effective by declaring the opposite… joy, restoration, and healing. (More examples: stress-peace, fear-love, etc.)
14. REMEMBER THAT JESUS HAS ALREADY WON
For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory. (Deuteronomy 20:4)
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. (Romans 16:20)
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
He has already won the battle for us. When he died on the cross he won it all. He won your healing. He won your salvation. He won the salvation of your family. He won. He has gone before you and He goes with you. He was and is and will always be VICTORIOUS. Chose to live in victory with Him today.