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For the past week or so, I have been under horrible attack from Satan. I have not been begging anyone who will listen to pray for me, and I am quite sure the battle is not the Lord’s. Here is why.
Of countless battles in the Old Testament of the Bible, I only can recall one in which the Bible says that “the battle is the Lord’s.” Among the numerous victories, I do not remember the priority being on asking other people to pray for those in battle while God did the fighting. If and when prayer may have been involved, I do not at any rate recall it being the main focus of the battle plan. In the Old Testament, God seemed to have a different battle plan for all the different battles. March. Blow the trumpet. Ambush. Shout. Use stones. Wait. And on and on. Lots of battles. Lots of battle plans. Maybe like football games? Do winning teams use the same play throughout the entire game, every single game? Most probably not.
In the Old Testament, there seemed to be one common denominator for those who won. God was on their side. They looked to the Lord. But did He march out into the war all suited up in armor? No. But He gave instructions to those who would listen, and left it to them whether they would follow. Those who followed His instructions won their battles, didn’t they?
So what about the New Testament? The Bible says the weapons of war are not carnal. It is a spiritual war, isn’t it? The Bible talks about the armor of God. Each piece of armor has a purpose, doesn’t it? The Bible says Jesus gave authority over the enemy to His disciples. The weapons include salvation, faith, the Word, and more. Yes, the Word! Scriptures. If God gives authority to followers of Christ, would it make sense to simply pray and expect God to fight the battles? I have tried this. Suffice it to say, I have a long history of losses – and few victories.
This time around, in this particular vicious battle, I am taking a different approach. Instead of going on vacation, I am choosing to suit up in my armor and to use my weapons. I am seeking the Lord’s face, and listening to what He tells me. He is giving me instructions! Do you know what God has been telling me through this horrible attack from the enemy?
* that He has prepared me for battle
* that I’m old enough to fight
* to use my weapons
* that Satan is trying to steal my gift of writing
* that if he can’t stop me, he will at least try to move me off track
* that He will not fight the battle for me; He has taught me how to fight
* to use my mouth
* to use the scriptures He has sown into my heart
* to not relent
* to not let him convince me I won’t write
* that Satan is coming at me from different angles to make me weary
* to cast down imaginations
* to not allow Satan to steal the gift from me
* to watch out for distractions
* to stand
* to drive out Satan’s lies
* repent. stand. march.
* and more!
Do you see how God tailored His instructions specifically to me and to the battle in which I am in the midst? Does this sound like begging everyone to pray for me is the answer, and that He will fight this battle for me? I don’t think so. It reminds me of the Old Testament. One thing that stands out to me above all else in the Old Testament battles is that the victors sought the face of God and/or focused on Him, heard from Him, kept their ears tuned to Him, heeded His voice when it came, etc. They listened, and they obeyed.
I believe one of the biggest mistakes followers of Jesus Christ make is to think that God’s instructions for someone else are automatically the same instructions for us. Listening to fellow followers of Jesus over listening to God can mean the difference between total defeat and utter victory. I am learning not to look to the Body of Christ for my instructions. I am learning to look to the Lord!
Please don’t get me wrong about prayer. The Bible speaks much of prayer. But if prayer were to be involved in securing victory, wouldn’t it make the most sense to pray to God for wisdom and instructions, for a battle plan, for a game plan? And perhaps protection in the midst of the battle?
This time around, in this vicious attack from the enemy I face, I’m not going on vacation while everybody prays for me and God fights this battle. I would welcome people to pray, and I myself will continue to. But I will not seek prayer as the answer. I will use prayer to seek the Lord so I can rest assured He will continue to give me the instructions specific to this battle so that I can come out the end victorious! I will fight, and I will use my weapons. God has given me wisdom and weapons for victory!
I plan to continue to seek the face of the Lord, and to listen to His instructions and do my best to follow them. I know where victory lies. In Him.
19” “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. 20“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” “Luke 10:19-20 NASB