Fighting for our freedom will cost us something.  When we fight, we are trying to reclaim a piece of territory in our hearts that was stolen from our enemy.  He will not just hand over what he stole when he sees that we are prepared for battle.  He staked his claim and he will do whatever it takes to prevent us from fighting for freedom.  But, there are things that we can do to help us in combat.  Here are 5 ways we can fight a spiritual battle.
Have you ever started to reclaim some stolen territory in your spiritual life only to be met with serious resistance? This is what happened to me recently and I discovered 5 key ways to help me in my battle.

Prepared To Fight Alongside Our Children

Last week, I wrote a post in honour of my oldest daughter.  She has been asked to read the scripture passage (Hebrews 10:15-25) in front of our new church.  At first, she was hesitant due to some past wounding.  I advised her that this invitation was an opportunity for her to receive deeper healing in her heart.  I was leading my daughter into fighting for her freedom…and I was fighting alongside her. 

However, the enemy of her soul was not about to let her have what was rightfully hers without a fight.  He will use whatever means necessary to try and prevent our victory – although Jesus already has the victory.  Our enemy’s tactics include people who are willing to do his dirty work; even family members. 

A member of my estranged family left an incredibly hurtful and awful comment on last week’s blog.  The comment was incredibly abusive and derogatory – one would think that I have suffered enough abuse from this family already.

This is one of the reasons we must put our armour on daily; especially when we are ready to reclaim something that we have been robbed of.  We cannot enter battle without proper training.  If we do, we will be knocked off our feet by the enemy’s blows.  I plan to unpack the armour of God in a few weeks on my blog – it is one of my favourite topics.  I hope you will join me in that teaching. 

As parents, it is our duty and responsibility to lead our children in victory; it is our job to fight with them and for them.  Our enemy wants to destroy our children.  The fact that they are children makes no difference to him; in fact, they are prime targets for him.  If he can stop them early from fulfilling God’s call on their lives through whatever means possible, then his schemes have worked.

So, what do you do when the enemy uses someone in your family (or a friend…or anyone) to try and destroy your heart?  Over the last few days, I have focused on the following 5 ways we can fight a spiritual battle.

Use worship to praise Him and fight the battle

God is faithful.  He has shown me through many ways that He is fighting for me.  I don’t believe in coincidence.  I believe in divine power and plans. A song sung this morning that God had used to speak truth into my broken heart many years ago.  Through the song, He gently reminded me of who I am – and I am NOT ugly inside or out.  I will sing for joy at the work of His hands – I AM the work of His mighty hands! 

Watch how God uses His people to bring truth and live to your heart

Earlier last week, the youth pastor at out new church told Marcus that he was excited that we were attending the church.  When he sent an email to Marcus with instructions for Sarah for preparing her reading, he reiterated his excitement.  I believe this was God preparing me for what was to come.  And at church this morning, we were chatting with a lady who was sitting in front of us and she also said that she would be so happy if we decided this was our church home.  God uses His people to speak healing words to our broken hearts.  This also means that if God prompts you to say something encouraging to someone – even if that person is a stranger – even if that something sounds strange to you – SAY IT ANYWAY!  You don’t know what it will mean to that person. 

God used at least 2 of His people to speak truth to us and they don’t even know it.  In that awful comment, that person said that our new church will find out pretty quickly what kind of people my husband and I are – and really, I hope that they do.  Actually, there are people there who know us quite well already and they are beyond thrilled that we have been attending there.  One lady was overjoyed to see Marcus because she knows what a blessing he is!  Be aware of these kinds of things.  They can easily go unnoticed by us. 

Our Advocate, the Holy Spirit, will remind us of Truth and scripture to encourage us

Last week, Emily’s Bible curriculum started discussing the Holy Spirit and how He comes to live in us believers.  He is our comforter and our advocate.  He is the Spirit of God.  I was reviewing the truth of God’s word and His Holy Spirit before the abusive attack – I am reminded of who is living within me – the Holy Spirit of God.  I had to choose to believe this truth rather than the lie that “Cindy W” stated – that I am ugly inside and out.  Essentially, what “Cindy” has said is that the Holy Spirit of God, who lives in me, is ugly.  However, it is not the first time that she has called me ‘ugly’ – and I am sure it won’t be the last.  And each time she does, and each time my enemy tries to tell me these lies, God’s Holy Spirit will remind me of His truth. 

Sunday morning, as I stood in front of my mirror, the enemy shouted at me, “She’s right!  You ARE ugly!”.  I had to quietly remind myself the truth.  God created me.  I am beautiful.  I am His princess.  No one has the right to call me anything else.  No one else has that authority.  He is my King and I will choose to listen to Him.

Philippians 2 3I have been studying Philippians 2 in depth the last few weeks.  It has been a great reminder for me on how we are to treat those in the family of God.  The Holy Spirit will prepare our hearts with scripture study as we carry on in battle.  God’s word is our sword.

The Holy Spirit also reminds us who our true enemy is – and he is not made of flesh and blood.   

 

Forgiveness helps us maintain oneness with God

The next topic I plan to address in my live in freedom series is forgiveness.  I find it interesting that whenever I am about to do any kind of teaching on the topic of forgiveness, God makes sure I am practicing it well first!  I can’t teach it if I am not practicing it. 

Forgiveness is always a touchy subject, isn’t it?  Either we lack a healthy understanding of it or we just want to hang onto our anger because we believe we have a right to.  I won’t go into too much detail in this post on the issue since I will be spending several posts on it starting next week.  But I want to get this point across – forgiving your offender is not for your relationship with that person – it can be a secondary fruit of choosing forgiveness if reconciliation is possible.  But the primary reason for choosing forgiveness is for our relationship with God, so that there is nothing between us and our Lord.

Praying for our offenders is one of the hardest things to do, but it is one of the most healing and freeing things that we can do

Matthew 5Lastly, and maybe one the most difficult things to do, we must pray for those who have offended us.  When I read that abusive comment that was left for me, my heart is deeply saddened.  This person exhibits Borderline Personality Disorder tendencies and has for many, many years.  I have a few of Randi Kreger’s books on how to cope with a Borderline – I could relate to so many of the stories and it really helped me to understand much of the disorder.  I can’t even imagine the mental torment this person endures on a daily basis.  She desperately needs professional help and she certainly needs the love of Jesus in her life.  I cannot help her.  The only thing I can do for her right now is pray for her.

Something amazing happens when we begin to pray for our enemies.  God brings healing to our hearts and we feel a sense of joy…His JOY.

While I have your attention, will you join me in praying for ‘Cindy W’?  What could be more amazing than hundred’s of readers praying for her this week?   

Gracious Heavenly Father,

We lift ‘Cindy W’ up to You right now.  We pray that she will come to hallow Your Holy Name.  That she will treasure and revere You above all else.

We pray that she will kneel before You and come under Your sovereign and kingly rule.  We ask that she will come to know Your saving grace and love.

We ask that she will desire to do Your will just as Your angels do.  That she will have the purest motives in doing Your will and she will do them with great joy.

We ask that You grant her what she needs in order to fulfill Your calling on her life.

We ask that You forgive her of her sins as she comes into full repentance before You.  We ask that You will create in her a new heart, a forgiving and loving heart that is full of grace and mercy towards all others, displaying the love of Jesus Christ.  We pray that You will stop any evil speaking and slander that may come from her heart and her mouth. 

We pray that she will have the courage to seek out the medical help that she so desperately needs in her life, but most of all, we ask for Your healing touch upon her.

We ask that You will protect her from the destructive power of the enemy.  That You will place a hedge of protection around her so that the enemy cannot whisper his lies to her mind and her heart.

Lord, we ask that You will have her fall onto her knees before Your Holy Throne room of grace and that she will seek Your face and begin living a life that reflects Your glory.  We ask for Your mercy upon her life as she does not understand what she is doing – please bring her clarity of mind so that she can see.

We ask all of this in Your Holy name, Jesus,

Amen 

Thank you for praying for ‘Cindy W’ – I don’t know what God will do, or how He will handle this situation with her.  But I know He will deal with it in the best way possible.  

Perhaps you need to pray for someone like this today.  If so, please leave a comment below and you have many people joining you in prayer.  

Have you ever started to reclaim some stolen territory in your spiritual life only to be met with serious resistance? This is what happened to me recently and I discovered 5 key ways to help me in my battle.

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Aimee Imbeau

Aimee is a wife to an incredible husband, Marcus, and mother to three fabulous children. She works from home as a homeschool support teacher and she homeschools her own children as well. She loves writing abut her faith and decided to give blogging a try in 2013. The rest is history...
  • JG

    What a timely message.. I’ve never left a comment on your blog before. As I prayed for Cindy W. I felt the need to pray the same prayer for my soon to be ex husband. I married an unbeliever and I knew it was a mistake long before my marriage was over. He was abusive and continues to terrorize me, and is now involving my small daughter in his attempts to hurt me. I’ve been praying Psalm 37 throughout this and I’ve been amazed at how God is using this time to strengthen me and increase my faith and love for Him. It’s been worth all of it. But I still struggle. I am at war, with my ex in this world and with spiritual forces. Please pray for CG the same prayer. I greatly appreciate it.

    • JG – I prayed for your soon to be ex-husband. And I will continue to pray for you dear, sweet sister. Please know that you are making the best decision for you and for your beautiful little girl. You are not a failure. You are a Princes of the Most High. You are dressed in glorious royal robes. I will be praying for you like CRAZY! Please, keep me posted, Love. Even if it is through email – aimeeimbeau(at)gmail.com. Thank you for having the courage to ask for prayer here. It takes someone so brave. I takes courage to leave an abusive relationship, too – so much courage! And thank you for praying for Cindy.

  • Melanie Redd

    Good Morning!, Aimee!

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been praying about a way that I could encourage other bloggers who have been encouraging me. Through your ministry, posts, words, comments, and faithfulness—your life has been a blessing to mine, and I wanted others to know about you!

    So, I compiled a list of those bloggers who I’ve personally found to be the MOST INSPIRATIONAL on the web.

    You are ONE Of these bloggers – in my estimation!

    You can find the link to the list where you are featured here: http://www.melanieredd.com/the-100-most-inspiring-christian-blogs-on-the-web/

    I’ve also signed up to get your emails, and tried to follow you on your social media outlets!

    I pray that God will encourage you today through these simple acts~
    Melanie

    • Thank you so much, Melanie. I am so humbled by your encouragement and I am honoured to be included on your list of inspirational bloggers. Thank you so much.

  • You and your family have such grace in dealing with such negativity and hurtful words, Aimee. It astonishes me what lengths people would go through to hurt others, but I’m glad that you’ve taken the higher road. I love that you focus more on the positive of it all instead of dwelling on the negative; it’s a great reminder of how we should tackle the sometimes harsh words that others can throw at us.

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring post on #SHINEbloghop this week! It was so lovely of you to join us 🙂

    • Thank you Maria. My prayer for myself – especially in the last few days is that I would be so full of His grace for others. That is my desire and longing right now – full of grace. That I won’t react in anger towards those who have hurt me, but that He will use me to show others His grace and love. So, I guess God is making sure I really do!

  • Holly Brown

    Thank you so much for this encouraging word and on walking faithfully through warfare and for linking this up with us at the Grace & Truth link-up!!

    • Thank you Holly. I’ve missed ‘seeing’ you around! I will continue to pray for your recovery and healing.

  • Alison Tiemeyer

    Hi Aimee! Thank you for this great post about spiritual warfare. I think it’s all too easy to forget that the enemy is always on alert, waiting for the right moment to attack. I know I am all too surprised by his attacks, rather than prepared. I’m excited to read your thoughts about putting on daily armor – I’ve always enjoyed that passage, as well. And thank you for mentioning that the Advocate is on our side, encouraging us and reminding us of truth. My life verse this season has been John 14:16-17 about Jesus sending the Holy Spirit to be our Helper. I’ve relied on that verse in many uncertain moments this semester.
    I’d love for you to link this post with us at the new 100 Happy Days linkup party. Please don’t feel obligated, but here is the link if you’re interested. http://lifeofscoop.com/100-happy-days-linkup-week-4/

    Have a blessed afternoon.
    <3 Alison

    • Hi Alison. I agree, it is so easy to forget that our enemy is always on alert for an opportune time to attack. I am surprised by his attacks, too. But maybe it isn’t so much that we aren’t prepared. Maybe it is more like we are working hard on working out our salvation and living for God, we forget that not everyone is doing the same. So, I am caught off guard when others treat me differently than I would treat them. I don’t think that being prepared means that we don’t get hurt or that things don’t come as a surprise…but that we are reminded with whom we are truly fighting.
      Isn’t it wonderful to have scripture to hold on to? Reminders of His promises. So sweet and comforting.
      Thank you for inviting me to your linky party. I will for sure link up!

  • Aimee,
    Oh man, I got choked up reading this. Those are such hurtful words to say to someone. I want to thank you for your honesty and you courageous pursuit of God. Your words of wisdom are so helpful and God honoring. Thank you for touching my heart today and linking up at #100HappyDays.

    • Thank you for your sweet words Valerie. Yes, those were very hurtful words…but they were even more hurtful because of who the person is to me. These are things I would never, ever even consider saying to my own children. The thought breaks my heart – I know that I have the power to crush their spirits because I am their mother. Choosing to honour God through this difficulty has brought much peace to my heart. It may have been easier to lash out and seek revenge, but that would not be fitting for a Princess in His courts;)