The Bible is clear. There is an enemy, and he has his mind set on destroying your ability to be who God created you to be. He whispers lies, distorts the truth, and attempts to steal your joy and peace any chance he can get. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that we’re never NOT at war with the enemy. But truth be told, some battles are more difficult than others. I say this from personal experience… some battles are rough.
As children of God, we are called to abide in God’s peace no matter what the circumstance. But how do we abide in peace in the middle of a war?
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Here are 3 keys to abiding in God’s peace in the midst of a spiritual war…
- Remember that the battle is already won. Jesus was victorious at the cross. He conquered the power of sin. He defeated death. And He disarmed the enemy. In other words, your war with the enemy is not a fair fight. In fact, he has already lost the war as well as all of his weapons. And you’ve been armed with the most powerful weapon of all… the truth of Jesus’ victory at the cross and the victory you now have in Him.
When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. – Colossians 2:15
- Your job is to stand firm in God’s truth. So if the enemy has already been defeated, what is our role in the battle? Our job is to stand firm and to resist the enemy’s lies. He will try to convince you that somehow the battle isn’t won. He will try to steal your joy and keep you from your God-given mission here on this earth. But as the Bible tells us, he no longer has any power or weaponry at his disposal. All he can do is hope you will believe his lies. So your job as a believer is to stand firm in God’s truth at all times. In fact, when speaking of our spiritual armor in Ephesians 6, Paul used the phrase “stand firm” three times!
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. – Ephesians 6:11
- Never forget who you are. You are a child of God who has been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. You are alive in Christ! Not only that, but you are armed and extremely dangerous! You have the sword of truth, and you have been equipped with divine weaponry that has the power to demolish spiritual strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
If you could see your spiritual self for even a moment, you would never again question your ability to stand firm against the enemy!
Knowing and understanding God’s truth is essential to abiding in His peace when at war with the enemy.
God did not call us to battle alone. He created us to be strong in Him. He armed us with weaponry that can’t possibly lose. And He filled us with His Holy Spirit.
In Him, we are not only unstoppable… we are unbeatable.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
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