Growth/Maturity, Spiritual Warfare

Learning to Fight!

I used to be a wuss!  I would cry at the drop of a hat.  I was always the victim.  Other kids tried to bully me in elementary school but soon relented because I would go get my big sister.  My sister always would step in and take care of my problem, whatever it was.

I got so comfortable with this arrangement, that I became a spoiled brat and just expected things to always go my way, with very little effort on my part.  If any opposition came, I just called my muscle…my big sis! I KNEW my sister was always going to be in my corner…that is until the day she refused to step in and take care of my problem.  Her exact words were, “You have to learn to fight!  You can’t learn unless you get a chance to…so FIGHT!”

I fought that day and got my butt whooped!  However, each time I fought thereafter, I got better and better until I was the one whooping butt.

*DISCLAIMER* I am in no way celebrating or proud of having to fight growing up.  I am definitely in no way encouraging physical violence in any form.  I reflected on this experience as I read a passage of scripture a few days ago.

“…These are the nations the Lord left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan.  He did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience…” (Judges 3:1-2 NIV)

I used to be a spiritual wuss too.  Anytime there was an issue I would just ball myself up and cry asking God to fight for me and take care of the problem.  What I have since realized is that God has given me the authority to fight through the power of the Holy Spirit living within me.

My spirit gets stronger through each battle I fight!  What we must realize is that just like the Israelites there are some enemies God is not going to remove from our lives. “… I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord and walk in it as their forefathers did.” (Judges 2:22 NIV)  God is trying to determine whether we will stand and fight for the things of God OR will we just give up and accept what the world and what our enemy, the devil, is giving us.

So what will you do?  Will you run away from what God is trying to teach you or will you stand, put your dukes up, and FIGHT?

Dear Daddy,

I decree and declare that I will FIGHT!  I will not shrink from what is good in Your sight.   I will not allow the devil to run rampant in my life.  I know that You are with me and that You will never leave me nor forsake me.  I know that You have given me power over the enemy so that I may fight and defeat him.  I decree and declare that the enemy is DEFEATED in every area of my life.  I cancel EVERY assignment of the devil and plead the blood of Jesus over not only my life, but also everything and everyone connected to me.  God, You get the victory because I can do nothing without You but I know and am confident in the fact that “I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NIV)  I boldly declare, “It is so!”  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to FIGHT!!

How do you fight the enemy?  (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

1)      Truth – Ask God for a discernment, so that you may know the truth

2)      Righteousness – You HAVE to live right!

3)      Gospel of Peace – Even though war is raging on the outside, you must have peace within yourself.

4)      Faith – You have to believe that you have the victory through Christ.

5)      Salvation – Above all, you MUST be saved!

6)     Word of GOD – The Bible is sharper than a two-edged sword, the word of God is the most powerful weapon that we have against the   devil and his attacks.

7)      Prayer – You must stay in constant communication with the general (God).

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Battlefield of the Mind

Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois.  She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher.  Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery.  She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”