Make no mistake. When you declare that God is your God and make the decision to follow after Him and to love and serve Him with your ALL, you are going to get the attention of the enemy. He does not want you honoring God or glorifying God. He will do whatever he can to discourage and isolate you and make you feel as though you're the only sinner on the planet.
We are going to focus on how to stand firm and fight and hide ourselves in the shadow of our Lord's almighty wing. Read Ephesians 6:10-18a.
Engaging the Enemy
Position: Remember your position-You are in Christ! Therefore, you know that the enemy has no claim on you.
Prepare: Don't go onto the battlefield unarmed! You have an entire suit of armor provided by your Lord. Put it on. Bring the appropriate ammunition.
Study the Word ahead of time.
- Know your areas of vulnerability by continually praying Psalm 139:23-24.
Find Scriptures that speak to the areas of vulnerability the Lord reveals to you. Go to the YouVersion search bar, type in a key word, and locate Scriptures to hit the target. For example, if you sin when you speak, type "speak" as your key word. James 1:19 might be your "Sword" to carry with you: "Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger" (ESV).
Memorize and keep the Scriptures handy. Write them on cards and place them around the house. Store them in your cell phone.
Pray continually: When you get up and throughout the day and in the onset of an attack, immediately stop and pray- out loud if necessary-and call upon your covenant Lord for help. He is with you always! He is your defense and your shield!
Plunge: Have your Scriptures ready so you can plunge the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, in to the heart of the enemy. Assault his lies with the truth!
Praise: Humbly worship God for His grace, His power, and His protection.
Proceed: Go forward in Christ, fixing your eyes on Him.
The Lord has equipped you and will equip you to be a mighty warrior as you hide yourself in the shadow of His almighty wings.