Prepare yourself for every spiritual battle with these powerful Bible verses to shut the mouth of the enemy!
Lately, spiritual battles have been more and more common, as the enemy constantly tries to keep us afar from God, distressed, hopeless, without faith and in despair. But thankfully, God prepared for such a time as this by giving us His powerful Word which withholds the power to defeat any and every enemy that we come up against.
So let's expose the common tactics of the enemy and receive new ammunition for each attack:
Firstly, in any battle, make sure you're protected by putting on and knowing of the armour of God which we read about in Ephesians 6:11-17. This passage tells us clearly that it is not against flesh and blood that we fight, but against the powers of the enemy:
"Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
Here are common tactics of the enemy in the middle of battle, the thoughts that usually come, the doubts that hit as those fiery arrows:
This prayer isn’t working.
The blood of Jesus means nothing.
You’re not strong enough to do this.
Who do you think you are?
Remember all your own personal issues and battles?
I am bigger than you and I will harm you: look at me compared to you.
When those lies come and hit, remember that using the Word of God to defend yourself is the only way to truly defeat the enemy and end the battle in victory (just like Jesus did in Matthew 4, when satan tempted him in the wilderness and He only spoke back with the Word). So let's look at how we should respond with the Word also:
God is the one working, not me. I cannot do anything without Him, He is my defender and I know that when I call upon the Lord, He will answer. I know Psalm 94:16-18 says “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the Lord had been my help, my sore would soon have settled in silence. If I say “My foot slips,” your mercy, oh Lord will hold me up.”
No matter what I hear or think, the truth is that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. That can never be denied. In fact, Hebrews 4:12-13 says that “the word of God, is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
It is not in my own strength that I put my trust, but in the Lord, in the one who Philippians 4:13 says "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
I am no one, but merely a child of God. A child of the almighty King, who told me I can come before Him as a child comes before his father, as a Prince comes before the King. And that is what I am doing, merely obeying the authority my God has given me. Hebrews 4:16 states that we should “therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
I may not be perfect, but that's okay, because I know from Romans 8:26 that “the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered”. I know very well that I am a work in progress, but the Spirit is not giving up on me, so I know God is for me. So, as Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
It doesn't matter how great the enemy may seem, Isaiah 44:8 tell me “Do not fear, nor be afraid: have I not told you from that time and declared it? You are my witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.” When I am on God's side and He is on mine, I have nothing to fear. I stand on the shoulder of the Almighty and Undefeated. I am not the one who is to tremble in fear here, for I stand on the side of the one and only God. Just as Isaiah 45:14 states, “Surely God is in you, and there is no other; there is no other God”.
You can certainly take these verses, write them down in your journal, put them on your wall, and even paraphrase them as direct prayers and declaration for you or your particular situation. This way you will truly be ready and prepared for any arrows of the enemy.
And remember the one thing that should always be present in every spiritual battle you undertake, BEFORE and AFTER battle is: Worship. When we worship, we raises the name of Jesus and ensure that nothing and no one else is praised but the King Almighty. He is then magnified and everything else falls to the ground in comparison. It also ensures that we do not stand in pride and take the victory as our own, but always remember that it is His power in us that make us victorious. None of this is done alone.
“Oh Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with Honor and majesty, who cover yourself with light as with a garment who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.” (Psalm 104:1-2)
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(Episode "Ammunition for Every Spiritual Battle" is available on all podcast platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts).