Surviving Spiritual Warfare and, Coming Out With The Victory.
The mind is a battlefield.
There's a battle being fought in the universe. The negativity drains my soul
Non-spiritual eyes cannot detect the battle for lost souls
The flesh cannot fathom, only spiritual eyes can see
The spiritual war, against dark forces, and principalities
I'm a soldier in the army.
I've been prepared for the fight
My bible- the sword-
The truth- my shield-
And a breastplate with righteousness inscribed.
This battle is not about me. My companion has joined the fight.
For He knows this warfare is like no other for the enemy’s prize... Is my mind
The mind is a battlefield- spiritual warfare.
In church, I would often hear others give this testimony: “I thank God I woke up in my right mind and for the activity of my limbs." And I thought:
They can't find anything better to thank the Lord for than that!
It seemed crazy to me that people would thank the Lord for something so "common." As a person who woke up in her right mind and, the use of her limbs every day, I took for granted one of the simplistic blessings of life- freedom.
I visited a church one New Years Eve, and the guest speaker was inviting members, and visitors to come up to the podium and give a testimony, on one thing, they were grateful for that year.
As people began to go forth and give testimonies the speaker scanned the congregation for others who might want to join in.
I slouched down in my seat and prayed he wouldn't call me. That year I had lost my job and as a result, I had to move in with relatives. I was depressed and felt I had no reason to be grateful.
As the testimonies began to wrap up and the preacher began to preach, I breathed a sigh of relief I had been spared.
As the service ended and the congregation began leaving the sanctuary, one of the church mothers approached me and pierced me with her eyes.
"Sweetheart, why didn't you stand up and say something good about the Lord?" she asked.
"I didn't have anything good to say."
"Did you wake up in your right mind?"
"Were you able to walk in here on your own two feet?"
"Did you eat today?"
"I see you're dressed nicely. You could have thanked the Lord for all those things."
Then her wise old eyes studied me carefully and her voice softened. "No matter what you are going through, someone is always worse off. You always have a reason to be grateful to the Lord. And, don't ever miss the opportunity to thank Him."
Have you ever felt under spiritual attack?
Words spoken out of season will come to pass when their season comes.
Sometimes words spoken out of season won't hold weight until their season comes. As I entered into ministry work many words that were spoken to me years before became fruitful in my life.
I've been called to street ministry many of the people I deal with are very broken. It's a tough ministry having thick skin is essential, being strong in the word is essential, and compassion is essential.
I've been groomed and prepared for this battle. I am prepared to deal with hardened hearts, skepticism, and manipulation.
On the street, I have encountered people who have lost activity of their limbs, and others who are not in their right mind. It was then that those testimonies watered my soul. I began to fully understand what a blessing it is to have good health both physically and mentally and that alone is a reason to praise.
Now, thanking God for waking me up in my right mind has become my morning prayer. As I grow stronger in my faith I realized the mind is indeed a battlefield.
Hard times seem like they will last forever. The enemy will plant lies in our head to make us feel abandoned and alone. In fact, the enemy may come to us in the late night hours to taunt us "where is your God?" Or, he may even open our eyes to others who are prospering and then ask us "Where is your God?" and we began to wonder how are the wicked prospering when the bible clearly states the wicked are an abomination in the eyes of God.
Has someone ever spoken a word to you that didn't come to pass until months or even years later?
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What does it mean to be a soldier in the army?
Being a soldier in the army of God is the same as being in the army of the world. You enlist, sometimes are called, into the army.
Once there you go through extensive training. Some do not make it- everyone is not equipped to fight in the army.
Those who make it are given spiritual gifts. These spiritual gifts are used to work together with the other spiritual gifts in the body of Christ.
No gift is too big or too small, but all are necessary and work together so the will of God can be done on earth as it is in heaven.
As with any army, there is a commander and chief and others who hold different offices. There are:
- Elders, who are the overseers of the church.
- Pastors, who feed the flock.
- Church mothers, who nurture the flock, keeps the house in order and is not above chastising. Because the church is like a trauma center, the church mother’s eagle eye should be on the look-out for members that are hurting and need special attention.
- Deacons and Deaconess's, responsibilities varies depending on denomination. To ministering overseeing tithes, and other functions in the church.
- Apostles and prophets, ushers and many more.
These offices do more work inside of the church, keeping the house in order while the other members are out in the field. All members work separate but in unity creating a holy temple in which the Spirit works through.
How to discern a spiritual attack.
I began experiencing spiritual attacks once I grew deeper in my theologian studies. All followers of Jesus are called to be disciples; however, some are given specific gifts such as preachers, teachers, evangelists, prophecy and so forth. My spiritual gift is prophesy. This is why my writings can be seen as encouraging to some and convicting to others.
I had always been an encouraging person therefore, people have always sought me out to be their confidante. However, once I joined the "army" The spiritual attacks which started out small grew worse. I began noticing a difference in people’s behavior and a feeling that things weren't working out. As I grew stronger in understanding how my spiritual gifts would be used I became the recipient of serious attacks.
- Insomnia: When I first became saved I didn't notice many attacks but once I had become aware of my spiritual gift and, grew stronger in my new purpose I experienced insomnia. I couldn't sleep at night because I felt I was wrestling with something all night. I would wake up feeling drained and depressed every morning.
- Dreams: I began having nightmares. Two nightmares I would like to share. One dream I had lost my bible which I had remembered putting under a bed. When I went to retrieve it, it was gone. I had become frantic because I could not find it and had a serious meltdown. The next night I dreamed that I was walking with my bible in my hand and pages began to fall onto the ground. When I bent to pick them up the pages would crumble in my hand like dry leaves. Still I stuffed them back in my bible and more would fall and crumble until I was left with nothing but a binder.
Whether subconsciously I was struggling with my faith or, these thoughts were being planted by unseen forces I cannot discern. I do know they would only have power in the late night hours while I was sleeping. As the Holy Spirit began to use my natural gifts such as, poetry, songwriting, and writing plays for the church the spiritual attacks on my mind became unbearable.
What does exhortation mean?
The gift of exhortation: To uplift, encourage, motivate others in need. It is a spiritual gift and mainly used in the church to keep members motivated
How does exhortation play a role in the church.
Exhortation is a necessary gift in the church. The enemy's main attack is through faith. All religion is faith based. We do not see God in a literal sense. Nor, do we see spiritual attacks. We are led by a knowing in our spirit. As humans, we are emotional and visual creatures so this is where Satan attacks us. He uses our circumstances and our feelings to discount the bible.
Satan uses our emotions but God works in faith, so when our faith has been shaken the flesh and spirit began to war. Exhortation is a true enemy of the enemy who seeks to make the believer tired from the constant struggle and turn from belief.
How to fight spiritual warfare.
- When Satan comes to me and tries to condemn me with my past I say... "All things have passed away, and I am a new creature in Christ"
- When Satan attacks my finances, I say...
- "The lord is my shepherd I shall not lack. And my God will supply all my needs according to His riches."
- When Satan works through others to attack me I say...
- "When a man pleases God, He makes even his enemies have peace with him. And no weapons formed against me will prosper."
- When Satan asks me "Where is your God?" I say...
- "Greater is He that is in me, then in the world. And, I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
Blocked blessings- or, spiritual warfare? Can you tell the difference?
All spiritual fights are not the enemy. Sometimes as Christians we have a hard time surrendering to the will of God. We don't really mean or, intend to fight against God, but as free-willed, creations, it's easy to have the desire to want to do things our way and not God's. When this happens, the believer unknowingly makes themselves at odds with the Creator.
During this time, the believer can feel as though they are going through spiritual warfare as things they set out to accomplish fail. They may even find themselves praying against the forces that bind them, but of course, their prayers go unanswered because the problem is disobedience and not warfare.
A good way to discern between spiritual warfare and a blocked blessing is to search your heart and see if God has asked you to do something and you didn't do it. A better way is to pray and ask God if there is something you're not doing according to His will and ask Him to reveal it.
A prayer for strength through spiritual warfare.
God, I thank you for giving me the strength to fight this battle. For I know the battle is not mine but yours. Please help me to stay focused and always have the desire to do well.
For I know sin continuously crouches at my door and the enemy seeks to find an opening through my disobedience. Because I know that I walk blind to unseen forces. Thank you for being a shield for me.
And because I know that I walk in darkness, thank you for being a light for me. And thank you God for sending Jesus who has taken away the curse of death so that through Him I may have a new life.
As you have called me to be a soldier in the army I know that I must carry my sword (the bible) and my shield( the belt of truth) and my breastplate (righteousness- my faith) because these things will protect me from the unseen forces that continue to surround me.
I know that I can win this battle because you walk in front of me to guide me. You walk behind me to protect me. You walk beside me to encourage me, and you live in me to comfort me.
And I know I can do all things through you because your word says my weaknesses are made perfect through your strength. And I thank you now for giving me the victory because your word says that I do.
The battle in not yours it's the Lord's
The Saints have the Victory!
It is helpful for the believer to remember that we have the victory. According to (Corinthians 15:57) And (John 16:33), We are freed from the curse of death and the only thing the enemy can do is fill our head with lies. The mind is a battlefield and will continue to be until our mission on earth is completed. The word says the adversary roams the earth seeking who he can devour. So to all my fellow soldiers in the army never grow weary of doing good. Continue to wait in hope. Continue to be faithful in prayer and be of good courage. Remember we are covered in the blood so therefore, the victory is already ours.
If you have experienced spiritual warfare, please share your experience in the comments section. It will be helpful for those who are seeking information to know they are not alone.
One of the reasons warfare is so profound in the lives of believers is because they do not take it seriously. Because Satan works through unbelief, it is impor
© 2015 Dana Tate