THE WARFARE TEST
"Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour," 1 Peter 5:8 (AMPC).
"Be cautious at all times." Sometimes we go through life and don't even realize there's an enemy trying to destroy us. There's an enemy who is trying to take our significance away and make us feel less than who we are. That's the warfare that we fight-- the battle is fought in our minds, in our thoughts.
We all go through a warfare test. The "roaring lion" (the devil) is always trying to keep us out of the Word of God. Every promise from God is in the Bible. Who we are is found in the pages of that Book. If you feel insignificant, if you feel overwhelmed, it's because of the lying thief-- the enemy who prowls like a roaring lion.
The warfare test demonstrates our ability to continue in God's vision while experiencing adversity and opposition. Have you ever faced adversity and opposition? When we face the enemy, do we give up, or stick with it? If you stick with it, taking up the sword of the Spirit [the Word of God], you overcome!
If you're feeling insignificant, if you're feeling low, if you're feeling down, you need to get into the Word. Find some promises and stand on them-- that's how you beat the warfare test!
"We can become excellent in our actions if we make a commitment to become excellent in our thoughts." -Joyce Meyer
You see? The war is in our brain. The enemy is trying to overwhelm us in our thoughts. He's trying to get you to feel insignificant and worthless. But it's a lie! You're special. You're precious. Don't just take my word for it, take God's word:
"For You shaped me, inside and out. You knitted me together in my mother’s womb long before I took my first breath. I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe. You have approached even the smallest details with excellence; Your works are wonderful; I carry this knowledge deep within my soul," Psalm 139:13-14 (VOICE).
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord," Psalm 19:14.
The way you come out of the war on top is to fill your thoughts and words with God's thoughts and words. That's why the enemy is working overtime to keep us out of the Bible. That's why it's easier to flip on the TV or Facebook and fill our minds for two+ hours a day. How much time to you spend building yourself up in the Word?
Be determined to maintain good thoughts because you say what's in your thoughts. (Matthew 15:18, Luke 6:45) If we're feeling overwhelmed or down we naturally try to find relief-- we entertain ourselves to feel good. But we need to push past our feelings and go for the gold found in the Word of God. Here's a promise for you:
"Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield," Psalm 5:12 (NIV).
You might not be feeling or seeing this verse at work in your own life, but you can change the environment of your thoughts and your life by taking ahold of this verse. Declare it. Don't go by what you see or or what you feel. The Word is truth- your feelings are not.
"...they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony," Revelation 12:11 (NKJV).
Our mouth is like a double-edged sword. There is death and life in what you say (Proverbs 18:21). Find a promise, begin to think on it, dwell on it -- and then begin to declare it. You can stand on the Word and win the warfare test!
Declare this out loud: I am blessed and surrounded by favor! I plead the blood of Jesus over what I do, think, and say. The blood purifies me from all sin. I have done wrong, thought wrong and spoke wrong, but right now I am forgiven! I'm the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. I submit myself to God and resist the devil. Enemy, you have to flee! I am blessed and surrounded by favor!
Pastor Ed Langeliers | New Life - Executive Pastor