As I recently mentioned, I have been using the Christ-Walk Journal in my quiet time lately. I have also been going through a book called Called to Conquer in a Bible study with the ladies in my church. Using these tools, I have been learning a lot on the subject of spiritual warfare, and I thought that I would share some of this with you.
One thing to remember (that greatly encouraged me) is that, even though we are still sinning after salvation, we don’t need to continue to be defeated by Satan. We need to take a stand and not be defeated, because we have Christ, the Lord of the universe, on our side! There is no need to live a defeated life, and to always be discouraged because of our sin. Instead of constantly focusing on ourselves and our sin, we need to confess, forsake, and forget.
Grow in Christ! Remember that He is always with you, and that He is helping you to live a victorious Christian life! The Lord has given us “armor” to wear, to protect us against the wiles of the Devil. I will be writing about this topic for the rest of the article.
One extremely useful weapon that He has given us is “the Sword of the Spirit,” also known as the Bible. The Word of God is “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart,” Hebrews 4:12 says. It is very important that we daily read our Bibles, and not just read them, but study them! Bible study books are very helpful, and I also highly recommend memorizing Scripture. It has been helpful to me when in situations of temptation to bring memorized verses to mind.
Another important thing to do is to be in a good, solid, Bible-believing church that preaches the Word of God (not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching1).
Prayer is an additional “piece of armor” that the Lord has given us. Pray that God will keep you from temptations, and that He will protect your family members, as well. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.2 We are to be praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.3 Even when you don’t know what to pray in a certain situation, pray that the Lord’s will be done. The Bible says that when we know not what we should pray for as we ought…[the Spirit] itself maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God…4
These are all great tools that the Lord has given us. I would encourage you to do a study on the armor of God. A great passage on the topic is Ephesians 6:10-18, and you can use a concordance to look up more verses on the character traits mentioned there.
One more thing to mention: this is going to be hard. Making time in your life for devotions and prayer is a hard thing, even once you get into the habit of it. Satan wants to stop you. But take courage, dear sister! We have Christ on our side. Keep that in mind, and “force” yourself to make Him a priority. (Believe me, I have to do that quite often, too. 😉 ) It is worth it!
I hope and pray that this post was an encouragement to you! May the Lord bless you as you strive to take a stand against the Devil. May you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.5 ♥
References: 1: Hebrews 10:25
2: James 5:16b
3: Ephesians 6:18
4: Romans 8:26b, 27b
5: Ephesians 6:10b