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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How to Defeat the Enemy 101

Scripture to reflect upon for Wisdom Wednesday: 2 Chronicles 20:12
“O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”

Just because I write these daily devotionals doesn’t mean that there aren’t days I don’t get hit hard by the enemy and feel the desire to just give up and give in. After the day I had yesterday, I woke up this morning feeling incredibly defeated and tired. There are just times when you can’t fight anymore, and a dear friend of mine encouraged me to stand strong with scriptures from 2 Chronicles 20.

It is a battle cry to God. The enemy was approaching at full force and they needed God more than ever. I know the feeling. You probably know the feeling, too. It’s at those very moments when the enemy is chiseling away at you and you suddenly feel there’s just no other choice but to retreat that we need to hunker down, look to God, and cry out for help. But there’s more to it than that. As the new school year begins for students, we too, must begin our own schooling and be students of God. Welcome to, "How to Defeat the Enemy 101."

Jehoshaphat told all of Judah to fast. “All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord” (vv. 13). If we are struggling with a battle, we need to call our family together and face it together. Yesterday I told Jared, “Don’t worry about it. This is my problem and I’ll try to fix it.” But Jared retorted, “Sweetie…are we married?” implying that we were in this together, regardless of whose problem it was or wasn’t.

Jehoshaphat also bowed down, as did all the people, in worship before the Lord (vv. 18), and as they sang and gave praises to God, He destroyed their enemy for them (vv. 22-23). God told them, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but mine” (vv. 15).

I am under a lot of attack right now, but God is reminding me that although it feels as if it is against me, the battle is against Him, and He will fight it and win it in order for me to have the victory!

These are battles of principalities. These are battles against God Himself. When you are attacked, the enemy is attacking God. He can’t go to the Direct Source, so he preys on His children: you and me. But we’re in this together. So let’s stand together before God and praise Him today. Sing loud. Give Him praise. And watch the enemy be destroyed!

NOTE TO SELF: In deep troubles, fast, cry out to God, stand before the Lord as one and praise Him, and He will defeat the enemy for you.

1 comment:

  1. The darts of the enemy are referred to as fire-y darts. They hook us & then reel us in as fish./ Habbukak 5:1-15. These darts become the roots of bitterness./ We as believers in Çhrist Yeshua, our Jesus, have our daily portion and No more!
    1 cor. 10:11-20./ For we are to become the fertile fields of God to bring into a plentiful Harvest unto the Father, the Life Giver. We can Live each day as Over-comers! Amen to the Father, each day along The Way.


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