Let’s continue where we left off on Monday.
I hope I don’t over simplify your situation. My prayer is not to belittle your struggles.
My intent is to give you a starting place: something that may get you out of the pit and on the right path to complete healing.
Step one: Get out of isolationism. Seek help.
Help comes from two sources: Godly prayer support AND reading the Word in the Presence of His Spirit.
Pick up the phone right now and call a friend who is willing to meet together for prayer. Prayer is the only source of power to victory. Talking about the devils empowers them. Praying against them with the Word of God and the power of united prayer chokes the life right out of them.
I also suggest you name them. In other words, get specific. You need to know the driving force of the devil before you can know the verse that defeats it.
Ask the Spirit to give you a verse to counteract each of the devils. Write them down, post them around your house, memorize them, and then use them spoken ALOUD to pull the plug each time the devils raise their ugly heads.
(If you are desperate and can’t remember a verse, just shout the name of Jesus a few times and I promise you, those devils will flee!)
Help comes from the Word of God. Read it. Not just a few minutes but for hours each day. Yes, that will mean turning off the TV, The truth is TV and the things of this world are a great source of fuel for the devils. Therefore, you have to stop feeding them.
Your heart, soul, and mind needs replenished with the food of Christ. The more you take in, the fuller you become. Then when the attacks of life come, they never leave you drained and feeling empty. A life continuously filling up on the Word is always full to the brim with power and grace. The result being a joy filled life splashing the overflow to everyone in every situation.
I recommend you study and know all the truths in the book of Ephesians. Watchman Nee summarizes the book in three words: Sit, Walk, Stand. (That is also the title of his commentary on Ephesians. I highly recommend it.)
Is someone asking, “Why Ephesians?” I sure hope so because I really want to tell you. Acts 19 tells us about Paul’s visit to Ephesus which was a pagan capital for all sorts of idolatry.
A great revival erupted after Paul preached faithfully for years and God move mightily through miracles. Fear seized the people when a battle with evil spirits caused a few men to retreat naked and bleeding. You see they didn’t know God or His truth therefore they had no power.
Paul wrote the book of Ephesians to the people of Ephesus who had to daily battle the evil influences all around them. They were immersed in warfare. Ephesians is the perfect handbook for Spiritual Warfare. Once a person becomes a believer and burns his past life, it’s then the battle begins.
Paul gave them all they needed to know in this short book. His prayer in 1:17-21 sums it up beautifully. I suggest you pray this prayer daily until it is fulfilled in your life.
- Ask God to give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know HIM better.
- Pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the:
- Hope to which He has called you
- The riches of His glorious inheritance
- His incomparably great power for us who believe.
That’s it: Know God more AND know all you are and have been given in Christ.
Step two: Live it.
James 1:22-25 tells us that it isn’t enough to read the Word. We must do what it says. We must believe it will do what it says.
This is also evident in Ephesians. Paul writes the first three chapters encouraging the readers about who we are in Christ. He then writes chapters 4-6:9 about how to live like we believe it. He ends chapter six with the Armor of God. This armor encapsulates all the previous teaching and then commands that we Stand Firm in it.
Sit in high places with Jesus
Walk in His holiness
Stand firm in His truth.
This is the only strategy to victory over the devils of your mind and living a life of overflow. I choose overflow, how about you?