Beloved, the weapons of war I have given you are mighty and unlike anything of this world. I call you this day to take another look in your arsenal for a weapon that is often overlooked and undervalued—the weapon of rest. Yes, there are times when you need to exercise your faith in an active, forceful manner. However, there are some wars that can only be won through quietness and confidence, the times when I call you to simply rest and trust in My Word.
Tag: Spiritual Warfare
I have always been fascinated by God’s words to the Israelites concerning the process by which He would empower them to dispossess the promised land of the nations that were there:
Deuteronomy 7:21-22 (VOICE) So don’t be so terrified of these other nations—the Eternal your God is with you. He’s a great and awesome God! But He will drive out these nations ahead of you only little by little. You won’t be able to finish them off all at once because if you did, the wild animals would reproduce rapidly in the empty land and that would be dangerous.
These verses encourage me to manage my expectations when it comes to the process of breakthrough. If Christ’s work was finished on the Cross and liberty in the Spirit is available now, then why is it such a process to walk in that freedom?
There’s a saying that goes, “The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.” I believe this saying can aptly be applied to the concept of spiritual breakthrough as well. The moment of our breakthrough isn’t when we finally get off the merry-go-round of our cycle of pain. It isn’t when we stop having panic attacks, experiencing those outbursts of anger, or when we stop having to scrape dollars together to make ends meet.
Our breakthrough happens the moment God shines the light of understanding upon our lives and reveals the root of each cycle itself. Now we may feel exposed and defeated when finally see what has kept us bound, restricted, and feeling powerless. And we may feel overwhelmed and intimated thinking of the internal battles we will face in the days ahead to dispossess the resident lies, trauma, and shame.
However, it’s no small miracle to be able to recognize limiting thought patterns and wrong beliefs. We can’t address the things that we can’t even see. And there is no need to think that we have to fight these battles in our own strength. Ultimately, each battle has already been won through the Cross. God has gone before us!
Truly, the moment of our breakthrough is the place where we choose to follow God into a new area of our inner promised land. Each day becomes an opportunity to receive new truths from His Spirit and have our minds renewed. Instead of walking in circles in the wilderness, we can open our hearts to learn a new way of being and experience abundant life.
[The Moment of Breakthrough originally posted on Waiting in the Wings, reposted in its entirety with permission.]
Proverbs 18:10 (AMP) The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs to it and is safe and set on high [far above evil].
Occasionally, there can be times of spiritual warfare where fear and anxiety can plague a believer; keeping the enemy at bay often requires persistence and a commitment to having the mind of Christ. I remember in one particular season, the battle was even more difficult because I could not always stop in the middle of what I was doing to pray, discern, and address every fear and shift my thought life. One night, I went to bed physically exhausted—both from a long day of work and the nagging grip of anxiety that had plagued me all day. Yet in my exhaustion, I found myself wielding a powerful weapon against that anxiety—the Name of the Lord.
As I lay in bed, one fear after another was thrown at me. As each matter came up, I found myself spontaneously answering with one of the names of the Lord; this wasn’t premeditated or intentional on my part but inspired by the Spirit. If finances were a concern, then YHVH Jireh would provide. For every part of my body that was hurting and tempting me to fear sickness and disease, YHVH Rapha had the power to heal it. For every situation that seemed difficult to navigate, YHVH Ori would light my path and YHVH Rohi would shepherd and guide my every step. And even though I didn’t know how long this season of warfare would last against fear and anxiety, it truly didn’t matter; the battle had already been won by YHVH Tzva’ot, the Lord of Hosts.
As each name came to mind, I could see each matter bowing to the sovereignty of my God! I wasn’t singing or shouting or rebuking the enemy, but simply delighting in the powerful names of my God. I had confidence that His power completely trumped the enemy’s power. And my soul was filled with joy to see, in a new way, how God completely covered every need I had. Ultimately, it was YHVH Shalom that lulled me into a place of deep peace and rest; I had run to Him and was safe from all evil.
Truly, this is the reason why we call upon the name of the Lord. By coming into agreement with who YHVH is, we resist agreeing with the voice of fear and handing our power and authority over to the enemy. Our focus shifts to Him who is seated upon the throne that is above every throne. We are praising and boasting in our God, and choosing to name Him as the answer to every problem. And truly He is the answer to our every problem. Our God is just that big!
Exodus 12:41 (NKJV) And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.
There comes a point in our spiritual journey where God calls us to shift how we see our relationship with Him and how we see ourselves. So often we may find ourselves focusing on God as our refuge and our deliverer. And indeed, He is all that and more to us; He has delivered us out of bondage with a mighty hand. And yet, an amazing truth is that God delivered so that we might join forces with Him. We are no longer slaves, instead, we have been called to stand by the side of our King as a mighty army.
When the children of Israel were leaving the bondage of Egypt, Scripture refers to them as “the armies of the LORD.” With the Heavenly King mounting such an elaborate rescue, it’s difficult to think of this band of slaves as an army. And yet, if we follow their wilderness sojourns, we can see that the Israelites were definitely struggling to accept that they were God’s mighty warriors. The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because they refused the call to join their King and battle for the land of Israel.
Yet it was Joshua and his generation who were able to grab ahold of God’s vision and walk in it. When they considered the battles for the Promised Land that were ahead, they understood that the Presence of the King—along with His heavenly hosts—would be going with them, to fight for them. This is also the shift in perspective that we must make. We too must cross over from a mindset of oppression and weakness and rise up as the army we were created to be. However, our “military might” isn’t found in the strength of our flesh. For the just live—and fight—by faith and faith alone.
Joshua 6,9 (VOICE) So be strong and courageous, for you will lead this people as they acquire and then divide the land I promised to their ancestors…. This is My command: be strong and courageous. Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you go.
My vessel, you have been anointed for war. Even more, I have called you to lead others into battle. You know well that the weapons you wield are mighty in Me and not of this earth. I have anointed you with breakthrough power and might by My Spirit. Long-standing hinderances to the manifestation of My Kingdom will crumble when you lift up My Word as a banner. Through Me, you will overcome.
Through your wilderness training ground, you have been made ready for this day. A single mighty one in Me who clings to My Word is stronger than a military battalion. Therefore, know that as you build up and embolden others in the faith, the combined might of My Body will become the strongest force on earth. Resist the urge to focus on your weaknesses and shortcomings. Doing so will only cause you to lose sight of the vision I have placed in you. Instead, trust in My judgment. I have chosen you, and I have chosen well. Remember, I do not choose leaders based on their outward appearance or natural capabilities, instead, I look at the heart.
As your Commander, when I give you a military goal, rejoice for the battle has already been won! Keep your eyes fixed on Me and continue to walk in all that I have taught you. What you learned of My Word in the small battles will have tremendous power when applied to larger battles. Even more, you will act as a rallying point for others as they see how easily you are able to move through strongholds when clothed with My might. You know where your power comes from and it comes as you rest in Me and stand upon My Word.
Therefore, I say, lead My charge. Follow in My footsteps. Let your feet be as My feet and your hands be as My hands and let us operate as one to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Through you, I will forge new pathways for young warriors to follow in, and we will take new territory in the promised inheritance of My people. Beloved, rise to this new challenge with a confidence that is well rooted in Me. Allow this new aspect of your calling to be the vehicle that will cultivate a deeper connection between you and I.
Deuteronomy 20:1-4 (VOICE) Moses: This is how you should act during wartime: When you go to battle against your enemies, if you see their army is larger than yours and they have horses and chariots, don’t be afraid of them! The Eternal your God is with you—the same God who defeated Pharaoh and brought you out of Egypt. As you are approaching the battlefield, your priest will come over to you and address you: “Listen, Israel! Today you’re going to fight a battle against your enemies. Don’t be intimidated by them! Don’t be afraid! Don’t run away! Don’t let them terrify you! The Eternal, your True God, has come out here with you, and He’ll fight for you against your enemies and save you.”
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (ESV) For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.