“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph.6:12).
You are a wrestler. With whom? the enemy of your soul. You are struggling against something in the spiritual realm. To win, maximum effort must be exerted. Each opponent must give all in order to pin down the other. . The devil is trying to pin us down to keep us from serving God, by bringing tribulation against us. He is trying to keep us from serving God wholeheartedly by distracting us with the worries and cares of this world.
In His mercy, God made a way out from under the dominion of the god of this world. That way is the way of the cross. Through the forgiveness of our sins and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome any pressure the enemy brings upon us.
God has given us victory over everything, even death. No Christian needs to fear death; for then our spirits will immediately be with the Lord, and at the return of Christ, we will receive our resurrected bodies.
We can escape much tribulation if we simply obey the Word. If we don’t lie, cheat or steal we can steer clear of numerous problems. God’s commandments are for our own good. . The old saying “garbage in, garbage out” is quite true in the spiritual realm. We can guage how much garbage we are taking into our lives by how we react under fire. Our response will reveal our maturity as Christians. It is not enough to feel victorious on Sunday morning, praising God and all smiles. How are we at home? Are we quickly provoked ? Do you pad the expense account? How do you act on your own in the little things? Are we honest in all financial matters? How do we treat other people? That’s where the real Christ is evidenced in our lives.
We face little irritating things to reveal the bigger things in us which need change. God changes us, and then brings even deeper changes. We are tempted to blame another for our reactions. Shifting the blame like Adam blamed Eve and she blamed the devil. The truth is we have authority over the enemy. He can’t make us do anything as Christians, unless we give him consent. We don’t have to agree with any of his lies.
Remember, we are in a wrestling match. Let’s apply pressure on him! Let’s apply the pressure of the Holy Spirit against the devil’s pressure. Only God can help us overcome the pressures of this world, the devil and our flesh.
Only Jesus can give us peace during the match. As we allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives, we walk in perfect peace.
”Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3) The devil is always trying to divert us to think carnal thoughts instead of keeping our thoughts in subjection to the Word of God.
How can we be free of worry and anxiety? We must deliberately change our thoughts. We must look to the Lord and ask Him to free us of our fears, and then we must think on things that bring peace. ”Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
Jesus said in Matthew 5:9, ”Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” The Lord not only wants us to know His peace, but also He wants us to distribute His peace. The body of Christ needs healing and needs those who sow seeds of peace instead of discord.
When Satan sends His biggest giants our way, we can like David, stand firm with peace in the fact that the God we serve is greater by far than anything else in the universe. Praise God!
We no longer have to base our confidence in ourselves! Instead, we can rely on Him, the Rock of our Salvation. On his own, David would have been completely destroyed. But David knew who was with him and he knew that he had overcome because ”greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4).
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we all can
- be victorious in our everyday lives.
- be ministers of peace and reconciliation on this earth,
- walk in perfect communion with God.
We can be free from pressure by learning to yield to the Lord and resisting the devil. (James 4:7) The Bible says that the devil will flee with his pressure.
How do we resist the devil? By speaking the word of the Lord over our situation. For example, if we are being pressured with fearful thoughts, we should quote scriptures that speak of victory over fear.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
As Christians, we have victory over pressure and tribulation because of God’s promises to us. Praise the Lord! Our Savior died for nothing less than that.
I take all back – devil you cannot have me