Stand Firm, The Battle is On

main image

We have all heard about Satan or the devil, envisioning anything from the snake in the garden to the red-suited, pointed-eared, trident-toting, Halloween costume.

Satan in mentioned throughout the Bible and is referred to by many names including the evil one, the devil, our adversary, the wicked one, the prince of this world, and the tempter, to name a few.

We are warned about Satan and his deception. In I Peter 5:8-9 we are told, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of suffering”.

There is no doubt, there is a battle over our hearts and souls…all of us are under attack. We must be on guard, be aware, and know our enemy to insure we fight the right fight.

How do we defend against the tempter’s attacks?

Anyone who’s ever been involved in sports has heard that the best defense is the best offense. What does a "best defense" against Satan look like?

Believe The Battle Is On

We must acknowledge we are in a spiritual battle. Otherwise we have given Satan the winning hand. Ignorance is not bliss, it means the battle has been lost.

Stay Close to Jesus

In her book, Jesus Calling, Sarah Young says to renew our minds, “Train your mind to seek Me (Jesus) in every moment, every situation.” With Jesus this close we can overcome.

Understand The Enemy 

Know your enemy is the advice any military strategist would give as a key concept in battle. Being aware of Satan and his tactics is key to winning the war.

Seek the Light

Jesus is the light of the world. Satan loves the darkness and hides from the light. The light of Jesus protects and guides us when we remain in his light.

Stay Firm in Your Faith

Stay focused!! Showing Satan complete trust and confidence in God will repulse him. The devil may try to lead us astray, but ultimately he cannot defeat our God.

Support Each Other

At the last supper, Jesus had a heart-to-heart conversation with his disciples. In Luke 22:31-32b Jesus says to Simon Peter, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.”  If it was important for Jesus to pray for his disciples how much more do we need prayer?

The thought of a battle, spiritual warfare, taking place here and now on this earth can be quite disconcerting; even downright frightening. The good news is that in the end we know who wins. The Bible assures us that Christ has and will continue to overcome the evil of this world. Eventually he will do so once and for all. Until that day, be confident and stay strong resting on that promise.

Prayer Is The Way The Lost Get Found

Jeremiah 37

Father loves the lost, and prayer is the way the lost get found. 

When we pray, God does something in us and something through us! 
When we pray, we enter into the presence of God and if you go there often enough and you pray with all of your heart, and if you do not give up, you will be changed through prayer! 

Cold can't come into the presence of hot and not become warm. You cannot bring your life, with all of its pain, into the presence of healing without being healed! You cannot bring hopelessness into the presence of immeasurable hope without hope alighting in your life!

Physical battles are fought in physical ways that require knowledge and insight. 

Spiritual battles are fought in ways that require even more knowledge and insight and the truth is that in the battle of the ages between heaven and hell, between lost and saved, we know the enemy's battle plan! 

We know how Satan keeps people lost. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says,  "The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

They don't understand the message about the glory of Christ who is the exact likeness of God and so in a world where God has come, people say "where is God?" In a world in which love has demonstrated itself in the most sacrificial, selfless way imaginable we say "where is love?"

Why? Because Satan has blinded them. 

So now we know the enemy's battle plan but if we will start regularly and faithfully specifically praying for lost people - they will be saved! I believe we will see a supernatural wave of faith rising in the salvation of hundreds of men and women and boys and girls because no one is unreachable -no one!  

You know, it's not a coincidence that God chose Saul (the Apostle Paul) to be the twelfth replacement disciple! It's not a coincidence that God chose the hardest head. The furthest out, most radical opponent of Christianity in the day and said, "I'm going to show you the power of the Gospel. I'm going to take the person that you would say would never bear my name and he's going to bear my name most beautifully and brilliantly over all!" (Paraphrased)   That wasn't for no reason that God did that. And so I just want to say to you that no one is unreachable! 

Jeremiah 32:27 says, "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind, is anything too hard for me?" And the answer is no! 

When we pray God works in us and changes us and then when we pray, God changes external reality as well. Prayer is the way the lost get found and when we become a house of prayer and we pray for lost people, we will begin to see many men and women and boys and girls come to know Jesus in ways that we have not seen before and it will be the power of God's Spirit doing this -because we prayed! -Dr. Drew Shofner 

Read Severn Run Stories, be inspired, and stay up to date with what's happening here!