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The devil has a different plan… by Elaine Davenport (Saturday, October 6, 2007)

October 3, 2007

Some years ago, I met a young woman at prayer who was called to wage Spiritual Warfare. At that time, it was all very interesting. She had experienced a rough childhood and explained that she had fought in the world and therefore felt comfortable fighting in the kingdom.

“That’s good, I thought; but I won’t be doing that. However the devil had another plan.

I remember when I was in grade school. The bullies were always in a fight. Or kids who were bigger than everybody else. I remember these two girls who always wanted to fight in the 3rd grade. They looked like they were six feet tall! Nobody would mess with them. I had a friend who was a bully. One day she pushed a girl all the way home from school. I walked along watching asking her to stop and apologizing to the girl that she was pushing. She went home and thought about it and not too long afterwards came looking for me. I guess I blocked it out. All I could do was pray. God spared me, Jesus backed me. I could not have done it on my own and I was smart enough to know it.

As adults, we believers think that we can do things on our own. We pay bills, manage households, balance budgets, hold responsible positions; yet when many of us get in a jam it takes us a while to regroup and this should not be so. Being born again is not a separate life; it is our life! Jesus backs us in warfare!

Let’s clear up the misunderstanding. You don’t “get” to choose warfare. It happens to you, it’s all around you. You need to be consciously aware of it so that you have the best possible advantage. I like the way the Amplified Bible describes it:

Ephesians 6:10-18 (Amplified Bible)

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

10In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

11Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

12For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

13Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].

14Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,

15And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the [a]firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness [b]produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.(A)

16Lift up over all the [covering] shield of [c]saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].

17And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit [d]wields, which is the Word of God.

18Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

Look at verse 10 again; it says: In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

It’s not telling you to be strong…it’s telling you to be strong in the Lord. See too many people who engage in warfare forget that without God you can’t win.

“Apart from me, you can do nothing!” John 14:27-

“Not by power nor by might, but by my Spirit,” . Zech 4:6

And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons 4 and to heal diseases. Luke 9:1.

Know who you are in Christ, know the power and authority given to you.

That’s the biggest mistake made in Spiritual Warfare. Now you have this information; what will you do with it.

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