I'm back. I've blown off the dust from my laptop and I have a few words to share.
Since my last post, there's been some sifting, settling, and spiritual warfare. In my years of walking with the Lord, I've learned that being in the center of God's will royally ticks the enemy off. Saying yes to God will always be a thorn in the enemy's side. He isn't exactly all for us "living the abundant life" according to John 10:10.
I didn't realize when God moved us to Franklin that we would be moving to the center of a historic battlefield. Like every battle fought, there was blood shed, wounded men, and even more casualties of war. Per Google, the Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864, as part of the Franklin–Nashville Campaign of the American Civil War. It was one of the worst disasters of the war for the Confederate States Army.
While I won't go into all the details, I recognize the schemes of the enemy around this battlefield and I have no problem calling his bluff. In times like these, it's vital that we are clothed with the full armor of God--daily bathing in the Truth--because when the enemy comes roaring, you will get swallowed up or even open yourself up to sin if you aren't ready for the fight. He isn't sniffing out the lost; he is after those who are found. He doesn't need to bother himself with those who are already sliding down the slippery slope. He's after those who are on the straight and narrow. If he can't prevent us from entering Heaven, than he most certainly will spend his days shooting his fiery darts at us here on Earth, leaving us wounded and defeated. It's his J-O-B. It's his attempt to get back at God.
We each enter into our own battlefields every morning whether we recognize it or not. Can I just encourage you to acknowledge your battlefield and as 1 Peter 5:8 says, "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." The enemy is relentless, on our heels, in constant pursuit of those who chase after Jesus. He isn't wanting us to advance in the kingdom or live in a place of abundance. We know the victory is ours, but we still have to fight the battle. The battle is what strengthens us, causing us to rely and depend on the blood of Jesus. Thankfully, our General is excellent, full of wisdom and knowledge and altogether faithful. He has prepared and equipped his army for everything they need to put their stake in the ground and wave the flag of victory.
We may not be fighting with real weapons of war, but we are daily fighting spiritual warfare. According to 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 NKJV, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of the flesh) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled."
The enemy has come to wage war in every area of our lives. He has come to steal our joy and peace and would love nothing more than to see us forfeit our purpose.
In God's goodness, He has walked with me and been ever so faithful to surround me, and I will forever fight through means of prayer, worship, and fasting. My last post was deep, raw, and personal and boy has the season shifted for the better. This battle has been won. The enemy has backed off a bit, but I know he hides in the shadows only to carry out his next battle plan.
Please hear me when I say, you must know who you are in Christ; your worship and understanding of the Word is your weapon and "greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the World" 1 John 4:4.
You may be in a season where you are under attack, but rest assured you are surrounded by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and He is for you!
I'd encourage you to take a few minutes, turn up the volume, and wage war with your words. Speak the blood of Jesus over your situation and worship with your words for "they triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony" Revelation 12:11.
Until next time, this is how I fight...