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.
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.
I 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
Lastly, 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,
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.