Sometimes the enemy attacks us in a pretty direct way. He doesn’t walk into our house in physical form and punch us in the face, but there is no doubt that whatever is going on is Satan is trying to bring us down. It is still a battle, no doubt about that, but at least we know we are in it, we know it’s a battle against the enemy right away, so we immediately shoot him down. We immediately declare VICTORY OVER THE ENEMY.
Unfortunately, it seems that more often than not, the enemy attacks us in a less direct manner & with such manipulation that, initially, we don’t even realize we are under attack. I’ve recently discovered that such attacks can even come in the form of a text message. It was a backhanded message from someone who hasn’t really known me in years, that was received at the worst possible time, and had been signed “with the love of Jesus”. Talk about indirect, throwing me for a loop, and very briefly making me question my worthiness to co-lead a small group this upcoming semester, to serve at all in church, to forgive even. I briefly questioned my worthiness to Christ. Not to mention that I was spittin’ mad & ready to give someone a piece of my mind, but that’s exactly what the enemy wanted. But a glance down at my “Pray First” bracelet reminded me: DECLARE VICTORY OVER THE ENEMY.
Satan will NOT use the opinions of others to bring me down.
Not today, Satan. Not today.
Had my faith in Christ been any less strong, I might have handed Satan a victory for a battle that Christ has already won. I could have stumbled, decided that I wasn’t good enough, and walked away from all the opportunities the Lord has given me to serve Him. Had I not been so strong in my faith, I might have abandoned my challenge to myself to live as a child of light (Ephesians 5:8) & speak life-giving words…and, instead, opened my mouth in a way that would have given people an actual reason to question my faith. The message may have been of the enemy, but the person on the other end of it was just his vehicle for the moment. No good would have come from battling the sender and giving Satan that victory. No way. I DECLARE VICTORY OVER THE ENEMY.
One of our five biblical declarations during this 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting is just that, Declaring Victory Over The Enemy. This crazy world we live in today desperately needs us to do this. The best news is, as I’ve been reminded many times by my sisters in Christ, we are not fighting for victory, we are fighting from victory. The battle has already been won. We’ve just got to declare it. Believe it.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
We are given authority over the enemy, to overcome his power. That is a gift that I thank God for daily. ~ Lacey
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Your Turn: Jesus gave us authority to declare victory over the enemy. When we speak The Word, he has to flee in Jesus Name. The victory has been won. We must remember to walk in it. ~ Breath on Paper