If you normally read my blogs or articles, you know that I am a fan of writing from my own experiences and lessons learned in my journey with God. I will never pretend to know it all, but there are indeed some things that I have experienced that I know He wants to use as Heavenly blueprints for others who are walking similar paths. That’s actually one of my favorite things about the Body of Christ; I love how we all work together to hold each other up and help one another, as a whole, function in the way that God intended.
But how do you function in wholeness when you feel like you’re the target of an onslaught? How do you stand firm when you feel as if an entire army has risen up against you? What do you do when the warfare is so great that you feel like you can barely stand for yourself, much less for others?
Ephesians 6:13, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand firm.”
Most mature believers know the scripture in Ephesians 6 regarding the armor of God. We know that Romans 8:37 calls us “more than conquerors.” We understand that God calls Himself our “rear guard” in Isaiah 52:12. There are so many beautiful scriptures that we can feast upon that describes us as warriors, being in war, and having God fight for us. We know that victory is ALWAYS ours in Christ.
But what about when we are just plain tired of the war? We are called to do “all” to stand, but what does that look like when our knees are wobbly and our feet (and hearts) hurt?
This is the season that I am walking out of. It isn’t always easy and I haven’t always done it super well – but it has always been worth it.
God showed me in this last season that when I feel the most tired, the most worn-out, the weariest, then that is when I must respond with my own ACTS OF WAR. Here’s a few from my personal life that I know will help you as you navigate your own battlefields.
1. First of all, I have learned to stop swinging the sword and just REST. God told me years ago that I am a daughter BEFORE I am a warrior. He said to run to Him first, and find my strength in Him (Proverbs 18:10).
2. Secondly, I “raise a hallelujah!” Your praise is a weapon. Praise is not a language that the enemy can speak, so raise it high and loud. I promise it will break off the heaviness (Isaiah 61:3).
3. I also take communion. Either alone or with my husband, but it’s always a very powerful moment. We like to visualize ourselves heaping everything upon the bread (since Jesus took all of our iniquities, guilt, shame and disease upon Himself on the cross) and we Praise God for our victory as we drink His blood (Isaiah 53:4).
4. One thing that I am actually growing in is intercession. The Lord spoke to me a few years ago and said that every criticism is actually an invitation into intercession.
WOW. I’ve started to live that way in my daily life and in how I see every situation, especially the heavy ones. Prayer moves mountains, and praying until we see breakthrough changes us as much as the situations we pray about. Included in this is spending 10 minutes a day praying in the Spirit and stirring up my inner man (Mark 11:23; 1 Corinthians 14:4).
5. Another major act of war for me is just sharing Jesus with someone. Whether in person, with a stranger, on Facebook or with a relative, just talking about Jesus gets my eyes looking up, my hope is restored and it helps me just remember…remember who I am, Who He is and the lengths that the Lord has gone to for us to walk in freedom and abundance. It’s also a nice, big kick in the devil’s face *grin* (Mark 4:15).
The truth is that if we have done everything to stand, then we have truly done everything, including the harder things like lifting up praise even in battle. Standing in warfare is not easy, even when we are fully clothed in the armor given us by Heaven itself. The Lord says that He will fight for us to give us the victory (Deuteronomy 20:4), but doing these ACTS OF WAR actually increases your faith and builds your spiritual muscles.
Let these things be your battle cry as you continue to stand! Jesus is our victory, the lifter of our heads and our confidence.
“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident” (Psalm 27:3).
~ Mandy Woodhouse