When a professional football player steps onto the field, he is physically prepared from head to toe for the game. He wears protective gear that is used to shield him from falls and impacts from the opposing team.
He is also mentally prepared. He has studied the opposing team and knows their strengths and weaknesses. He also knows his own strengths and weaknesses. He has prepared the best he can and is confident that he and his team can defeat the opposing team.
Like a football player, we must also prepare, but not for a game. Our preparation is for battle – a real battle against spiritual warfare.
The enemy knows our weaknesses and uses them to cloud our minds and confuse us with lies. He wants us to think our past is unforgivable, that we are suffering because of past sins, we will never change, no one likes us and that we are a failure. These lies infect our emotions and cause us to make hasty and unwise decisions.
Jesus was not immune to spiritual battles. In Matthew 4, he was tempted in the wilderness after fasting for 40 days. The enemy waited until he was tired and hungry to attack.
But Jesus knew it was coming and was ready. He spent time with God in prayer. He knew his Father’s voice and could recognize the lies of the enemy. He fought back with truth.
It’s a battle we must all face but it cannot be won using our own strength.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Standing strong in the Lord comes through prayer, memorizing Scripture, obeying it and believing in the promises of God. Here are four strategies you can use to fight a spiritual battle.
Prayer gives us power over the enemy. Before beginning your day, lift up thanks and praise to our Father. Ask him to fight for you as you go about your day.
Read God’s Word
Jesus knew he was being tempted because he knew God’s Word. God’s Word shines into our lives and strengthens our spiritual defenses.
Jesus used scripture to fight the enemy in the wilderness. We, too, can use scripture to defend ourselves against negative and untruthful thoughts.
Relationships are important. We need others to fight with us in prayer. Ask the Lord will help you find others who are in the battle, come alongside them and encourage them. Pray for one another and build each other up.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
When we follow God and allow him to speak to us, we will be able to stand against the enemy in victory.
This week, I’m linking up with these great ladies:
Good Morning Monday | Monday Musings | Motivate and Rejuvenate Mondays | Sharing his Beauty Monday | Intentional Tuesday | RahRah Linkup | Tell his story | Testimony Tuesday | Wedded Wednesday | Woman to Woman Wednesday | Woman With Intention Wednesday | Faith Barista | Thought Provoking Thursday | Faith filled Friday | Fellowship Friday | Grace and Truth | The weekend brew | Susan B. Meade | Still Saturday