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So How Do We Fight?

Do you ever have those times when you feel deliberately attacked, feel a heavy weight of discouragement, or feel nagging anxiety and fear that you can’t figure out where it came from? Do you ever have a feeling a heaviness over you that is hard to describe, but leaves you feeling like giving up? Or what about a specific, awful thought or feeling that keeps popping up and it didn’t come from you? It seems to me like more and more people I talk to are feeling these “attacks” more intensely and more frequently. Would you agree?

I think we are feeling this way because it’s true. I think our enemy is attacking more frequently and more intensely, with a specific plan that is tailored to our specific situations.

The question is, do we know how to fight back?

Satan is the “father of lies” (John 8:44), so he uses deception as his primary weapon. If he can get us to believe lies about ourselves or lies about God, it separates us from God and from each other, making us easier targets. Revelation 12:10 say he is the “accuser” of our souls and he accuses us before God “day and night.” He never stops. This being said, we have to know how to fight back. If we aren’t fighting with the right weapons, our enemy will succeed at his goal of distracting, discouraging, and distancing us from each other and from God, which ultimately keeps us from carrying out the purposes and plans God has for our lives.

So, how do we fight?

I had only basic knowledge and awareness of spiritual warfare until about five years ago. Our oldest son (who is twelve now), who was adopted as an infant, began the very difficult battle with mental illness. We have learned that Satan doesn’t fight fair and he never will. He attacks our weakest areas (whether we are children or adults): his intent is to steal, kill, and destroy whoever is involved. I have been on my face before the Lord over this situation with my son thousands and thousands of times. And I will continue to battle for him...

Five “weapons” I have learned to fight with as I have battled for my son, my family, my friends, and those I am trying to help:

Weapon 1: Unity as a family/group
If you don’t spend time learning to know each other, you won’t be able to fight together. You will be divided and distant from each other. This may sound really basic, but it’s true. Give each other access to your hearts. Sharing truth and being authentic as a family or group of friends disarms darkness and brings unity. You will have to be intentional about this. Unity doesn’t just happen; it takes sacrifice, time and effort.

Weapon 2: Identity
Do you know who you are? Do your loved ones know who they are?
And more importantly, do they know who they are in Christ?
We have this on our refrigerator as a frequent reminder: “I know my identity as a child of God. I know who my Father is and I stand on His authority and on the Word of God. I have victory over my enemy and because of that, I’m free to complete the mission and purpose God has for my life.”

Weapon 3: Authority
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. – Luke 10:19
Remember your position of authority because of Christ. If you are a child of God, you are “seated with Christ in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 2:6). Satan’s power against you is disarmed because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Satan is constantly bluffing; he just wants to intimidate you and make you forget your position of authority.
Remember, you already have the victory!

Weapon 4: Resist
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7
Resisting takes action. You have to do something.
Some of my favorite action steps:

  1. Post visual Scripture reminders all around the house. Our favorite is Ephesians 6:10-18, which talks about the armor of God. God’s Word is our “sword.”
  2. Saying God’s Word out loud and with authority when you are feeling attacked.
  3. Having our family’s favorite worship music playing all day long throughout the house.
  4. Worship together as a family. Worshiping God defeats and drives away the enemy 100% of the time.

Weapon 5: Prayer
Focused, intentional prayer as a family (or whatever group you are in) defeats the enemy. Period. He has to flee when you resist him and ask God to step in and fight for you.
Pray continually; pray about everything.
Ask your community/friends/family to pray with you and stand with you.

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. – Revelation 12:11
This is what defeats Satan: Jesus’ finished work on cross and us proclaiming what he has done for us through our testimonies. May we rise up together and take action, resisting our enemy with the Word of God and with the authority given to us because we are children of the King of Kings.

I created a printable sheet (click here to print a copy of Scripture verses to cut out and tuck in your Bible) of scripture that I use when I’m feeling attacked. I stand and read them aloud, as many times as it takes until I feel peace and the fear leaves. I have even actually physically surrounded myself with the verse cards as I prayed, as a shield. It always works (even if it takes a while and I have to keep reading them over and over for a time).

God is always stronger and he always wins. And if you are in Christ, God is your Father. Let that truth hit you.

Our God, who is ruler over everything and who deeply loves you, is your Father. He is your Dad. He is your protector and your shield. He fights for you, and he never gets tired.

Remember to stand and call on him with all the authority you have as his child.

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. - Luke 10:19

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