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How To Stand Victorious In The Midst Of Spiritual Warfare

To stand firm against the Enemy, we have to engage with truth, not just know the truth. We must put into practice the power and privileges we have as children of God. Many Christians can quote Scripture but do not live it. We must do both if we are going to stand firm in victory.

1. Remember… The Battle is the Lord’s! 
"Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15

When a vast army surrounded God's people, the Lord told King Jehoshaphat, “The battle is not yours, but God’s.” Likewise, when we face spiritual warfare, we must remember that we do not engage the enemy in our strength or power, but we stand in the victory that Jesus already accomplished. Knowing that we fight from a place of victory is the first key to standing firm. This mental starting point is imperative to victory.

I’m going to shoot straight with you: we live in a war zone. This world is not neutral. We have a spiritual Enemy who seeks to “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). But the good news is rooted in the gospel. Jesus triumphed over Satan at the cross. He “rescued us from the dominion of darkness” (Col. 1:13) and transferred us to the kingdom of God. We are now seated victoriously with Christ. We don’t fight for victory but rather from a place of victory. Knowing the difference is a game changer.

2. Remember… To Plant Your Feet on the Solid Rock 
One of the primary ways the enemy attacks Christ followers is with shame. The enemy begins with a temptation to lead us away from Christ then turns on us with condemnation just as soon as we’ve fallen. Therefore, the surest way to overcome Satan’s fiery darts of condemnation is to actively plant our feet firmly on the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ.

But what does it mean to plant our feet on the Solid Rock? Jesus teaches us:

Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. Them the rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. (Matt. 7:24-27)

To plant our feet on the Solid Rock means two things: First, we hope in Christ alone for salvation. We recognize that we are fully dependent upon Him for our righteousness. Therefore the enemy has no basis to accuse or condemn us. When we plant our feet firmly on Christ, then we can stand firm against these accusations.

Second of all, to plant our feet on the Solid Rock means we obey Christ’s teachings. Jesus warns us to not only “hear” His words but to also “put them into practice.Obedience to God’s commands is not only right and beneficial, but it also proves to be a supernatural shield against the enemy. Scripture teaches us that when we willfully choose to disobey God that we open ourselves up to the enemy’s attacks.” Practicing righteousness proves a powerful protection against Satan’s schemes. Likewise, in Ephesians 4:22-27, the Apostle Paul teaches us to “put off” our old sinful nature because those things create an “opportunity” for the devil.

3. Remember… To Put on the full Armor of God 
In my book, Stand, I take several chapters to explain the Armor of God, which is the supernatural protection we’ve been given to resist the enemy. Each piece represents an aspect of our identity and inheritance in Christ. The armor of God is not meant to be just words we memorize, but actual truths that we clothe ourselves in that empower us to resist the schemes strategies of the evil one. The book of Ephesians teaches us that “when the day of evil comes,” we are to stand our ground and “put on the full armor of God.” Do you hear the call to action? There is an engagement that takes place when we utilize the weapons the Lord has given us for victory. We are not passive but active in standing firm!

4. Resist! 
Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. 1 Peter 5:8-9

Speaking of resisting, this may be one of the most overlooked and underutilized strategies when it comes to standing firm against spiritual warfare. Many Christ-followers live in unnecessary fear of the enemy or take a posture of defeat when the exact opposite should be true. The more we come to comprehend the victory of Jesus accomplished for us, the more we can stand boldly against the forces that oppose us. We are not victims; we are victorious in Christ. We are not defeated, we are more than conquerors in Jesus. Standing firm in this truth is what enables us to resist when the enemy hurls fiery darts of temptation, accession, or condemnation.

Friends, as one who was defeated more times that I care to admit, I am here to testify that Jesus wins! When we take God at His Word and apply it to our lives, we can experience real victory. We can stand firm against the darkness. Whether you are in a battle today with temptation, condemnation, or any form of darkness, I pray you experience the fullness of God’s power working for you and in you as you stand in Christ.

[written by Marian Jordan Ellis]