“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to
associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay
anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of
everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace
with everyone” – (Romans 12:16-18).
Spiritual warfare is part of the Christian life. Psalm 144:1 says,
“Praise be to the Lord, my Rock. Who trains my hands for war, my fingers
Exodus 15:3 says, “The Lord is a mighty warrior; the Lord is his name.”
We are living on earth in enemy territory, and, therefore, we experience
spiritual warfare. We must always be on the alert. The enemy comes in
like a flood, trying to fill us with doubt, fear, and discouragement. He
tries to bring division in our relationships. But our God always has
victory when we trust in Him and walk in His peace.
If we want to be healers and helpers in battle, we must be clad in His
armor. We must have a strategy to rescue those taken hostage or left
wounded on the battlefield. We must understand the seriousness of war.
How can we walk in victory and maintain peace right in the midst of
personal, and sometimes unrelenting, spiritual warfare? How can we be
joyful in war?
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then
peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit,
impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of
righteousness” – (James 3:17-18).
It is possible to walk in a level of joy and peace even when things on
earth seem to be getting worse. We can bring peace wherever we go. Here
are some ways:
1. We must be a lover of God first and then a warrior.
Jesus must be our all in all. We must concentrate on our relationship
with Him, and abide in that intimacy always. The busier we are, the more
we must cultivate our relationship with Him. Many unintentionally lose
their intimate relationship with God. It happens little by little, if we
are not alert to the enemy’s devices. The enemy is crafty, and he knows
where your power lies.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
2. We must develop a life of praise and worship.
Worship is powerful warfare. When I go to the nations, I bring my
worship music. I play it and pray it over countries. I find that this to
be of my greatest strategies in seeing breakthrough in the nations.
Prayer and worship open the way for everything else. God opens the door
for His grace to come pouring into the nations.
“The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior” (Psalm 18:46).
3. We must persevere and resist the devil.The enemy is intent to
stop us as we move forward. We need perseverance. Nothing good happens
without it. We are all living in enemy territory. We are called to
destroy the works of the devil. Jesus destroyed the works of the devil
at the cross (1 John 3:8). To take our stand against the enemy means
that we refuse to give him ground and that we will not retreat. We
settle that in our hearts. We resist the enemy and draw near to God.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee
from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you” (James 4:7-8).
4. We are not going to retreat or depart because of enemy pressure, but we are going to go on from glory to glory to victory. God’s
grace is sufficient. We resist the enemy, stand firm in the Lord, and
do not give way. We carefully maintain peace in our relationships. We
worship and praise God right in the middle of the difficulty. Satan will
not give us territory without a fight. We are taking ground in heavenly
places, even if we do not see it. We must not relax our vigilance. It
doesn’t mean that we are frantic, nervous and anxious. We walk in that
supernatural peace and joy that is possible only as we abide in Him.
This is the amazing truth of the Christian life as we enter into the
harvest in the nations. We are living a life that is not of our own
strength. Let’s get comfortable with a life of dependence on God; loving
Him totally, standing firmly on His Word, and walking in His peace.
5. You may be in a time of testing.
The devil will always try to steal your hope. But God gives us hope when
we spend time with Him. He would give me hope again and again at sea;
hope that He would finally break through, hope that the seas would one
day be calm again, and hope that God would turn my very trial into
something supernatural and good.
6. When we are in the midst of a difficulty, we can handle it God’s way and with His peace. The
enemy brings in discouraging thoughts, false reasoning, doubts and
disappointments. He tries to steal our peace. But if we choose to
worship Him and grow intimate with Jesus, then the clouds will begin to
lift as we persevere. The perseverance is all part of the testing time.
We are being stretched. It’s part of the package of how God plans to
train and work through us, bringing maturity and victory.
7. Let’s thank God for every day that He has to stretch us. He is
developing spiritual muscles that we would never have had before, and
it is so worth it. It is all part of love even when we don’t feel it at
the time. God loves you. This is why He is permitting whatever trial you
may be facing. It is for your good (Romans 8:28). He is making you a
worker of great stature and purpose, and you shall not be disappointed.
See your circumstances from His perspective, and let His peace rule in
your heart. It will all be worth it!
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one
body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
[written by Debbie Przybylski]