- God will fight for you
We don't have to fight! We just have to STAND against the enemy and he will FLEE!
(10) Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.
(11) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
(12)For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world's rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (13) Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.
(14) Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (Ephesians 6:10-14)
In the above warfare verse, you find the words "STAND" three times, and then the word: "WITHSTAND" The word "WITHSTAND" is the same word as the word “RESIST” that we find in James 4:7: “Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
I Love verse (12) that says that our struggles” are NOT being in the flesh! This means that your spouse, your coworker or boss, your family members or neighbors, even strangers are NOT the “ENEMY”! It also means that all of the other trials we have in live like health, our financial situation, and anything else that you would consider a ‘stressor' is NOT WON in the FLESH, they are not a flesh-solution but a SPIRIT one, as the Enemy, the REAL Enemy is spirit, and your only HELP, the only power on your side (God) is spirit.
we can't FIGHT these battles in the flesh but need the WHOLE armor of God, all that He has and is, all the resources of power available to us through the Holy Spirit that lives inside us and the covenant we made with God as heirs to the kingdom. To “stand”, on God, His word, Power and truth, is the way we're to “fight the enemy”.
A Warfare Strategy
/ Daily Guide :
Nehemiah 4 is one of my favorite old testament stories. I used to think the old testament was just “old stories’ until the Lord started telling me what to look up during my time in His presence and then revealing the truths found there. This one is such an awesome story of how to “stand” in all we do every day, and WHO REALLY fights the battle.
We see in Nehemiah 4 that the Jews were rebuilding the wall against the enemy , and they they basically had RUBBLE to build with (are you picturing this?) ...and when the enemy found out, they said "Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?"
(what “heap of rubble” are you
trying to bring back to life?)
The enemy ridiculed the Jews saying: “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!” (v.3) - puffing themselves up against what they obviously thought would be no problem at all.
Verse 4 has the Jews claiming to God that the enemy “despises the builders”, and asks that their insults be turned back upon the enemy’s head! Then they went back to building the wall "with all their heart" - but the enemy saw that the gaps were being closed and were outraged, plotting then to come together and fight Jerusalem...
(The enemy's angry just at the THOUGHT that
you might try to keep him out of your life!)
The people of Judah and posted a guard at day and one at night to meet the threat...but the people's strength was giving out, saying "there is so much rubble that we cannot build the wall!" (v.10)
(what is it that you think is beyond repair?
What resources look so feeble?)
The enemy said that "before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and kill them and put an end to their work"! (v.11)
The enemy wants you dead!
In verse 12, Other Jews who lived NEAR THE ENEMY told them 10 TIMES OVER that "wherever they turn, they will attack us"
(what well-meaning person in your life has sewn
a seed of doubt, fear or hopelessness in your life?)
SO...what did the Jews do? They stationed people behind the lowest points of the wall, at exposed places, by families... “With their swords, spears and bows” (v.13)
(Where is YOUR "low point in your wall" against the enemy? )
I am always evaluating this as it changes daily. Where are the weak places in your life? where does the enemy hit you easily,where your knees buckle under fear or doubt, strife or dissension? Take NOTE of this. Also remember that the warriors fought with weapons, and our weapon is God’s word and other resources we can ask for like strength, wisdom and knowledge that He will pour out in abundance if we only ASK.
The workers were told: “DO NOT BE AFRAID but REMEMBER THE LORD, who is GREAT AND AWESOME....and to "FIGHT FOR YOUR BROTHERS, your SONS and your DAUGHTERS, your WIVES and YOUR HOMES"
(WHO are you fighting for? What loved ones will you take a stand for, sacrifice for, and fight for?)
OK, get this: when the enemies HEARD that the Jews were AWARE OF THEIR PLOT and that "God had frustrated it", they all returned to the wall and each to his own work...THEY DID NOT HAVE TO FIGHT!!! (v.15)
This is HUGE! ALL they had to do was STAND!
And from then on, HALF of the men did their work and HALF held Spears, shields, bows and armor. There were stationed people to come along side the builders (v.16-17)
(WHAT are you trying to repair or build?
You cannot build without a foundation and sometimes, something
needs to be torn down and started over with a FIRMER FOUNDATION
...and that is through Christ Jesus)
With a brick in one hand and a spear in the other
I love what it says next in verse 17! Take a look: “From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor” The people worked side by side with some of them working to build the wall, others to aid and
someone alongside of us to be that good Samaritan and pick us up when we are beaten up and can’t go any further, to carry us to safety, through prayer and intercession. We need brothers and sisters who will work alongside us, encourage us and keep us focused on not only why we are building anything in the first place, but to keep our eyes on “the Prize”: JESUS!
God Fights for us!
At the end of Nehemiah, there is a huge truth that we need to hold onto every moment of our day. As the workers worked in verse 19 and the because “THE WORK IS SPREAD OUT” whenever they hear the trumpet (alarm of the enemy), they are just to “COME TOGETHER....and GOD WILL FIGHT FOR US!”
Whenever tempted, when failing at something, when an attack sneaks up on you, we just COME TOGETHER and stand as one ...stand against the enemy...and it is GOD WHO FIGHTS FOR US! I love the part where they sounds the trumpet, because we are supposed to reach out to one another and ADMIT that we need help! How little we really do that? Our pride says that we don’t want to bother anyone else or that we can pray alone and that is NOT God’s way;
Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:19)
May you find the weak part of your wall.
May you ask the Lord for builders to come along side you.
May you find the reasons you are building and keep loved ones in mind.
May the Lord pour out assurances in HIM that when you are surrendering your will to HIS Plan and will, that HE WILL DO ALL THAT IS NECESSARY to support, encourage and fight for you...in HIS strength, not your own
What a wonderful concept, a “warfare strategy” to hold onto in all we do! Our daily struggles are often wrapped around how to protect and care for our family, our village, our relationships, our jobs! We are to keep BUILDING the WALL AGAINST THE ENEMY every day, and at the same time, carry weapons to protect ourselves, watchful of the enemy that prowls like a lion waiting to devour us.
“He lurks in secret as a lion in his ambush. He lies in wait to catch the helpless. He catches the helpless, when he draws him in his net.” (Psalm 10:9)
Dear heart, Know that God will fight for you if you just COME:
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
We each have different callings, jobs, missions in our lives and concerning the lives around us and each man is responsible to hear from the Lord what THEIR “job” is. We are to be watchful against the enemy's tactics, stand firm in Christ and be ready to fight for our lives and the lives of others. The most IMPORTANT factor in all of this is that whatever fight is going on, that it is GOD WHO DOES THE WORK!
What do you want to fight for, or I should say remember WHO you are fighting for? What do you keep taking on that is not your burden to bear? What causes the greatest stress in your life? Even if you lack faith or assurances in Him “who sustains all things” (Hebrews 1), that also is ours for the asking!
Where is your low point in your wall of defense?
Which areas are you weak in, that you stumble continually? Is it Hidden pride and feeling sorry for yourself, being worried about what will come tomorrow? Is it coveting what your neighbor has? Is it the spirit of fear that overtakes every part of your being to the point where you feel you can not even breath? Call the blood of Jesus over that and walk though the “power tools” for healing throughout this site and claim the freedom that is rightfully yours as heirs in the kingdom! You are ROYALTY! Just STAND! Take the full armor of God and stand!
Yahweh will fulfill that which concerns me; your loving kindness, Yahweh, endures forever. Don't forsake the works of your own hands. (Psalm 138:8)
being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)
because you will not leave my soul in Hades, neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay. (Acts 2:27)
for Yahweh your God is a merciful God; he will not fail you, neither destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore to them. (Deuteronomy 4:31)
Yahweh, he it is who does go before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you, neither forsake you: don't be afraid, neither be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)