21 Day Dare: Day 18- Dare to Become A Warrior
You may recognize the words from the Sweeteas as inspired from "The Armor of God" in Ephesians 6. He tells us in Ephesians not only that the battle is real, but to armor up Daily. This doesn't mean that we are to fear or draw back, because greater is HE that is in us than of this world, but it does mean that if we truly desire freedom we are going to have to become a WARRIOR PRINCESS!
In this battle of good versus evil, we are the source of contention. Good and evil both want us. Becoming a warrior is recognizing evil for what it is and diminishing it so that we can live fully the life we are called to...A life of Freedom!
Over the past two weeks, we have mentioned some of these topics independently, but I wanted to bring them together here as your "tool belt" so to speak against spiritual warfare.
The enemy can't halt our destiny, but he can certainly distract us and delay it.
How to become a Warrior:
1. Recognize the enemy.
We spend so much wasted energy wrestling with unnecessary emotions like abandonment, rejection or betrayal. We blame our pain, insecurity and circumstances on other people. Our parents, our spouse, someone making our work life miserable, or a bully that spoke death into us at 2nd grade is the reason we still struggle 40 years later. Right? Wrong! This doesn't mean that those feelings aren't valid, but we need to realize that they are toxic. Ephesians tells us that we war not against flesh but against principalities (see above). While this may be hard for some to digest, if you can get this truth that the enemy is using people against you, and it is not "flesh and blood" it will free you from toxic unnecessary emotions. When we aim the arrow at the enemy, we ultimately release everyone we have held hostage blaming them for our own misfortune. We find that we are the ones that are ultimately freed, because harboring all of those feelings has suffocated our growth. We come alive! We become immoveable as the enemy loses his grip on us.
2. Recognize the Power of Crying Out
In the South, I have seen t-shirts that say, "Put your big girl panties on and deal with it." There are times when I couldn't agree more, but in this case, I want you to know that there is power in crying out. Jonah cried out when he was desperate. Jehoshaphat cried out when he was afraid. Peter cried out when he started sinking. Jabez cried out for a dream. The Lord heard everyone of their cries and He came to rescue, protect, save and fulfill. There is power in crying out! I think it is also important that we not hide this from our kids, because they too will come to a place where they are desperate. What will they do? Most likely what they have seen you do, so will they turn to the world and mask their pain or will they lay out on the floor and cry out for Jesus?
3. Recognize the Power of Praise
Jehoshaphat was the King of Judah. When he received word that he was being attacked on all sides, he was afraid and laid on the ground crying out for the Lord. (Power of crying out!) The Lord heard His cry and sent word to Jehoshaphat that The Lord would be with them that the war was His to fight. He gathered the army and prepared for battle, but not like usual. This time he sent ahead of his mighty warriors the choir. They sang "Give thanks to the Lord for His love endures forever!" (2 Chronicles 20:21) The Word tells us at the sound of their praise the Lord set ambush against all of their enemies. Could it be that our praise sets ambush against our enemies?
4. Don't let the enemy get a foot hold
God does not speak in condemnation for those of us in Christ. When the thoughts come that speak death in us or fear or insecurity, it is never from God. Say NO! Do not receive even a hint of what the father of lies speaks, and quickly realign your thoughts to the truth. As we entertain these negative thoughts we are giving the enemy access to dig deeper. Shut him out before he steps in the door. No more!I will be intentional to guard my thoughts!
5. Declare the Word Aloud
Life and death are in the power of the tongue. It doesn't say life is in our mind, so we need to realize that actually speaking aloud truth has power and authority. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you find scriptures to declare over the areas of your life where the enemy seems to be messing...your home, husband, children or career, and then walk your house and their bedrooms unleashing that truth. Believe in the power of the Word, and declare it in belief.
In part I wanted to share this with you today, because while I have received messages from many that are truly seeing God on this journey, I am sure some of you are struggling to keep focus. I want to encourage you that the enemy is the father of lies and I believe distraction. Do not let Him win! Press in sweet friends for His greatest plan is that you find Him, and that is reserved for those who seek with their WHOLE heart!!! I am covering you in prayer as you press on Godward!
Dare today to become a WARRIOR!
Nothing can keep you from experiencing His Presence!
In His Grip,