Prayer To Understand The Enemy’s Strategy
Applying the Power of Targeted Prayer
Michael L. Hennen
“If you want to be challenged to a more intentional and purposeful prayer life, read and digest this book! Strategic Prayer applies warfare principles to the spiritual war in which we are engaged and provides practical keys for more effective intercession whether applied to an individual person or an entire people. An excellent resource to add to your prayer arsenal!”
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We dedicate this book to people of prayer, God's intercessors, who
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His purposes in the earth continues to challenge us.
EDDIE SMITH, the cofounder and president of the U.S. Prayer Center, is a cross-denominational prayer leader and teacher, an internationally known conference speaker, and an author. Before founding the U.S. Prayer Center in 1990, Eddie and his wife, Alice, served sixteen years in itinerant evangelism and fourteen years in local churches. Eddie and Alice make their home in Houston, Texas.
MICHAEL HENNEN has served as a missionary pastor and church planter to diverse cultures and people. Michael has focused particular attention on building and strengthening discipleship programs in overseas churches. He continues to serve in international missions through media ministry. He and his wife, Aimee, make their home in Missouri.
Without question, prayer is the most important—and potentially the most powerful—tool in a Christian's arsenal. And do I need to inform or remind you that all of us were born into a war and live on a battlefield?
The conflict between the forces of good and evil, of God and Satan, has been raging since the day sin was found in Satan's heart (see Isaiah 14). We're in the fight, and prayer is our primary weapon.
Strategic prayer, in connection with the above definition of strategic, is essential prayer that is necessary to conduct war, accomplish an objective, and destroy the enemy and his devices.The problem is, much of our praying is pointless, passionless, and powerless. It's poorly formed, thoughtlessly presented, and we wonder why it's largely ineffective.
I'm such a pragmatist that I'm irritated at the way many of us pray without preparation and, worst of all, without expectation! We keep looking for problems to fire off in prayer for God's attention but then pay no attention at all to His response. We can list ten prayer requests but couldn't begin to report ten things God has done in reply. We're actually ignoring God in our prayers.
Its time we learn to pray practical, specific, result-oriented prayers. After all, the earth is our Lord's, the fullness of it, and everyone who lives on it. He's filling it with the knowledge of His glory! (Psalm 24:1; Habakkuk 2:14). And He's invited us into a joint-venture partnership with Him to complete it.
My wife, Alice, is one who was called at an early age to pray for the nations. I've watched her develop in her calling. I've learned from her. She is passionate about the King and His kingdom, radical in her allegiance to Him.
But un so many dedicated intercessors, she is realistic and sensible about her intercessory ministry. She refuses to move presumptuously. She never hesitates to admit when she's missed the target. She holds herself and any team with whom she prays to the highest standards.
I gladly admit that much of what I share in this book is a result of her intercessory labor.
Michael Hennen, my coauthor, is amazing. Young enough to be my son and wise enough to be my father, Michael is an anointed genius.
The perceptions he shares in this book are invaluable to those seriously involved in praying for territory and to those wanting useful teaching and instruction. He's not a theorist, he's a practitioner. He proves his theories.He and his wife, Aimee, are serving the Lord in some of the hardest and most dangerous places on earth. It's my privilege to partner with him in this work.
I pray that Father God will open your eyes to the immense potential of your smallest prayer.
The enemy is real, and his designs are carefully planned. If we want to be more effective against him, we need to understand the strategies he uses and the objectives on which those strategies are focused.
There are concrete reasons for every form of demonic oppression, whether personal, communal, or national.
Our prayer-effectiveness in these realms will be severely limited until we discover the enemy's goals. The world today suffers from extensive demonic terrorism.
Until we clearly comprehend the devil's motives, strategies, and goals, the question of how to combat that terrorism will remain a mystery.
This book addresses the practical need to identify and prioritize prayer targets. Its principles reflect a theology born more life experience than the classroom.
While living in the former Soviet Union, I became aware of certain strategies the government utilized to aid the spread and entrenchment of communism.This commune-ism yielded widespread social oppression and carried out an effective global assault on peoples and cultures.
Isms are generally spirit-inspired strategies formulated to overrun and control society. Behind each ism is a ruling spirit. By identifying the principles employed by these spirits, we can identify demonic priorities. These priorities reflect front-line areas where the spiritual battle rages most fiercely. It is here that the devil risks the most and stands most to gain or to lose.
METHODS AND PRINCIPLES
Methods don't always work, but principles do. The effectiveness of spiritual methods depends largely on the conditions of the spiritual environment and the experience of those employing them. Attention to spiritual principles, regardless of environment or experience, always brings positive results.
Part One, Warring in Spiritual Realms, is principles employed by the Soviet Union to launch an effective military coup. We use this analogy because the devil has deployed his forces to launch a spiritual coup against God. Though we already know the outcome of this attempt, knowledge of the devil's goals and strategies will help us to vanquish him more quickly.
Part Two, Spiritual Strategy, identifies specific spiritual strategies that the forces of good or evil may employ to launch a successful offensive.
Part Three, The Battleground of the Mind, focuses on how to prepare the mind for victory.
Part Four, Proactive Prayer, suggests how we may pray proactively by taking an active, offensive stance against enemy strongholds. The gates of hell (defensive) shall not prevail against the church (offensive), and the body of Christ will plunder the treasures of darkness (Matthew 16:18; Isaiah 45:1-3).
Finally, as its title implies, the overriding purpose of Strategic Prayer is to equip you to pray more strategically. Accordingly, at the end of each section, we've placed questions that will focus your attention on the corporate and personal application of each principle.
PROCESS VERSUS PERSONThere is no power in prayer! This shocking revelation, first expressed to me by my wife, is one most of us have yet to discover. Our faith is not in a process—it's in a Person. The power of our prayers is resident in the person of God, and our effectiveness as intercessors is wholly dependent on the quality of our relationship with Him. That quality is best expressed through faith.
What do we believe about God's power and character? Our faith is an expression of our intimacy with Him. If we truly know Him, we pray according to His will and are fully convinced of the integ‑rity of His character that always accomplishes His Word.
The only power of prayer is in our understanding of and submission to God's authority. Effective prayer is faithfully aligning oneself under His authority to speak and to do His Word and will. It is not the process that wields power in prayer but the Person who empowers prayer for His own purposes.
We have written this book to magnify a Person. Our desire is to direct those with a pure heart for God toward greater discernment and greater understanding of truly effective intercession. Strategic Prayer is not a replacement for the intimacy with God that will make you a truly effective intercessor. It is a prayer reconnaissance manual.
To pray more strategically, it's always helpful to take a spiritual survey of your circumstances. Answering the questions that follow each section will help you draw a spiritual map of circumstances and will focus your attention on the personal and corporate application of each strategic prayer principle.
Don't hurry. Completing the survey is not the objective. But don't skip over it. Our goal is to help you discover the truth about your circumstances that will give you the fullest perspective and equip you most powerfully to change them. The only wrong answers are those contrived to impress others. The only right answers are those led by the Spirit of Truth.
When you and others in your group have finished your surveys, compare notes to see if there's a consensus. Perhaps such comparison will illuminate strongholds and priorities that deserve more corporate or personal attention.
If you're the group leader, submit your observations to your pastor for consideration. Wait for the Spirit's leading, through those who cover you, before proceeding with any strategic and corporate prayer initiatives.Even if you take the survey more for personal than for corporate reasons, it's still a good idea to pray with others regarding the life issues you're facing. For prayer, seek those who know you well and whose lives exhibit Christ's compassion and character.
They may be family members, home-group or cell-group leaders, or other friends or leaders in the church.
As you pray together in agreement, we trust and pray that increased freedom and authority in prayer will emerge and that you'll discover a greater intimacy with the Lord.
Table of Contents
PART 1 WARRING IN SPIRITUAL REALMS
STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL PRAYER
TARGETING THE POWER GRID
TARGETING DEMONIC CONVEYANCES
PRAYING FOR LEADERSHIP
TARGETING STRATEGIC POSITIONS
PART 2 SPIRITUAL STRATEGY
THE PREEMPTIVE STRIKE
THE LAWS OFTHE LAND
THE PRIORITY QUADRANT
PART3THE BATTLEGROUND OF THE MIND
THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH
COMPLAINING AND DISCONTENT
PART 4 PROACTIVE PRAYER
PRAYING THE PROMISES OF GOD
PRAYING THE PROPHECIES OF GOD
PRAYING FOR THE GIFTS OF GOD
PRAYING FOR THE POWER OF GOD
PRAYING FOR THE PRESENCE OF GOD
PRAYING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
PART 1 WARRING IN SPIRITUAL REALMS
PRAYER MUST PROCEED SIMULTANEOUSLY ON
BOTH A STRATEGIC AND A TACTICAL TRACK
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Understanding the Lord’s Prayer , Sample of Essays
Understanding the Lord’s Prayer “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13).
Most people, religious or not, are familiar with this prayer. Some call it a prayer, some call it a chant, and some call it a meaningless set of words. No matter what the opinion is regarding the prayer, breaking it down can be thought provoking and difficult to fully understand.
On the surface it is very simple, but below the surface the words have very deep theological implications.
According to the New International Version Bible, Jesus said in Matthew 6:9, “This, then, is how you should pray. ” However, a problem arises this interpretation.
The actual Greek to English translation is “Make your prayers go this. ” In other words, the prayer is actually a template of how prayers should go (Rhodes).
Often, the prayer is mistaken for something that should be recited word for word.It is not wrong to recite the prayer verbatim, however, God did not intend for people to recite the words as a meaningless ritual.
Praying using Jesus’ template shows the following way to form prayers: To acknowledge who God is, to pray for his work to be done on earth, to ask for what is needed, to ask for forgiveness, and lastly, to ask for a way to deal with temptation and opposition (Rhodes).
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The words “Our Father,” in Matthew 6:9 are two of the most powerful words in the prayer. The definition of the word “Our” is: “Belonging to or associated with more than one person” (www. oogle. com).
The body of Christ is a group of believers that are brothers and sisters in Christ. The first word “Our” suggests being a part of this body of Christ (Ruffin).
The second word “Father” is the one whom is being addressed. A prayer should always start by recognizing that the Lord our God is the one being prayed to, but God also wants to be approached as a child approaches their loving father (Pastor Mike) because God desires intimacy (AllDeaf. com).
God wants to be addressed as “Father” love and humility (Pastor Mike).
The child needs to recognize their position as so, and God’s position as Father. “Hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9).This portion is acknowledging God’s worthiness and greatness (Ruffin) because “Hallowed” literally means: “To make holy” or “To demonstrate as holy. ” When praying the words “Hallowed be your name,” it is praising His holy and worthy name. God is not a buddy or friend whom should be carelessly addressed, but neither is He distant (Pastor Mike).
This concept is loosely related to why God is addressed as Father. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
This section of the template is praying for God’s work on earth (Rhodes)
The word’s “Your kingdom come,” is praying for the Lord’s guidance (Ruffin) on behalf of God’s kingdom (AllDeaf. com) to do everything unto the Lord.
“Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” is declaring that God is really in charge of everything.
The word “Will” means the same as “Desire,” so praying for God’s will to be done is also praying for all the God desires to be done (Pastor Mike).
These words are also asking the Lord to take over so that His children can operate by His answers and not their own because the key words is “Your will be done,” not “Our will be done” (Ruffin).
“Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).
These words are asking for God to provide what is needed in order to sustain spiritual and daily needs (Ruffin).
God may not give everything that is wanted, but he gives everything that is truly needed because God cares for His children. This line also points back to when God was leading His people Egypt and every morning He gave them enough manna to last through the day.
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God did not give them more than one day’s worth of manna, however, so that they would continue to rely on Him to provide (Pastor Mike).
That is why the prayer is not, “Give us this week our weekly bread. ” The prayer is “Give us today our daily bread,” so that God is continually relied on to provide. “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).Forgiveness is surrender (AllDeaf. com); God does not want His children to carry their own weight. That is why He created prayer. God created His children in His image, so as a forgiving God, His children must also be forgiving.
In doing so, it shows love to one another and Christ. On the surface, it cannot get more straight forward than asking God to forgive sins, but below the surface something that is not so straight forward is the concept of fairness. Nowhere else in the bible does God talk about fairness.
Looking at the verse the words, “Forgive us our debts,” is not the only thing that is said. It is phrased as a condition. It says, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. ” Meaning God will forgive the sins of His children, if His children forgive each other.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).
This is the section of the template asking for a way to deal with temptation and opposition (Rhodes).
This is asking the Lord to carry away the evil, and anything that represents evil. God wants His children to pray this, so they won’t succumb to the evil temptations of the world.
Some people believe as though sin is the cause of the fall, but really sin is just the victim of temptation. Temptation is the true culprit, because that is what leads God’s children into sin.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13).
Some call it a prayer, some call it a chant, and some call it a meaningless set of words. Most people, religious or not, are familiar with this prayer, but the body of Christ lives and breathes this prayer. Repeat it and it becomes a meaningless ritual (Rhodes), pray the words and it becomes the foundation to the relationship shared with Christ.
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5 Prayers to Pray against Satanic Attack
It’s true. You have an adversary who wants to attack your desires, your thoughts, even how you see and treat your body. So you and I need to be on guard against evil and Satan’s schemes.
According to 1 Peter 5:8, “Your adversary, the devil, prowls around a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (NASB).
But God’s Word also gives us a strategy against those attacks by telling us to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…” (Ephesians 6:11-18).
I find it interesting that every piece of “armor” described in that passage refers to the character of Christ. In other words, put on Christ-ness – abide in Christ – and you will fend off the attacks of the enemy.
We abide in Christ through surrender and constant communion with Him. As you suit up with the armor of God, here are five prayers to pray against evil and Satan’s attacks on your heart, mind, emotions, mouth, and body.
1. A Prayer to Guard Your Heart
Lord God, Captain of my heart, Satan knows if I follow Your Greatest Commandment – to love You with all my heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37) – he is powerless over me. Guard my heart, Lord Jesus, so that it beats for You alone.
Don’t let me grow complacent toward You or be lured to love anyone or anything more than You.
Remove the idols from my heart so that You alone command my allegiance and utmost affections Help me to love and forgive others as You have forgiven me so the enemy can get no foothold through hate or bitterness on my part.
Cultivate in my heart Your love that “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7, NASB). Finally, Lord, set my heart on things above, not on earthly things. Help me to remember that You died for me and my life is now hidden which Christ in God (Colossians 3:1-2). Increase my longing for heaven so this world holds no power over me.
2. A Prayer to Defend Your Mind
Almighty God, cover my mind with the helmet of Your salvation, reminding me constantly that I am Your child and the enemy can’t mess with me. Fix my thoughts, Lord Jesus, on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.
Help me to think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise so Your peace will guard my mind (Philippians 4:8-9). Don’t let me copy the behavior and customs of this world, but transform me into a new person by changing the way I think. Then I will learn to recognize Your will for me which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2, NLT).
Saturate my mind with Your truth so I am convinced that the answers are found in Your Word, not out in the world.
3. A Prayer to Calm Your Emotions
Lord, keep the enemy at bay by calming my emotions with the peace of Your presence.
Help me to follow Your command and not worry about anything, but pray about everything, with a thankful heart offering up prayers and requests to you so that You can give me that peace that no one can completely understand – a peace that will control the way I think and feel (Phil. 4:6-7, CEV).Remind me, daily, that You are the Only One who can meet my emotional needs so I don’t look to any person for my identity, validation, or for my love tank to be filled.
Thank You that You are the God of peace, the God of order, the God who heals my wounds and helps me sort through and make sense of life. You are not the God of chaos or confusion. Fill me with Your Spirit so I may express to others only love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
4. A Prayer to Cover Your Mouth
Lord, Jesus, guard my mouth so that my words will be few. Help me to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19). Don’t let me speak reckless words that can pierce swords. Instead, give me a tongue that brings healing (Proverbs 12:18).
Don’t let me give in to gossip or speak careless critical words that will wound others. Keep the enemy far from me so that no unwholesome talk comes my mouth but only what is helpful for building others up, according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Don’t let me grieve the Holy Spirit through my words (Ephesians 4:29-30).
Lord, I give my body to You. Let it be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind You will find acceptable (Romans 12:1, NLT). I know from Your Word that Satan can not sift me wheat or even lay a hand on me without Your permission.
So place Your hedge around me so that my body – Your temple – can be preserved, pure, holy, and healthy for You (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Block Satan’s attempts to make me doubt that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) and don’t let me listen to his taunts to harm my body through neglect, contempt, addiction or abuse.
I am Yours, Lord Jesus, and I want to glorify You in my body so keep me from Satan’s attempts and the temptations in this world and in my flesh to make me impure, to dress immodestly, to make my body a showcase or advertisement for evil or self glorification.
As you pray that God will develop the fruits of His Holy Spirit in every area of your life, you will be invincible through prayer to the one who seeks to tear you down and make you less Christ.
Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and best-selling author who helps women and couples find strength for the soul.She is the author of 15 books, including When Women Walk Alone (more than 125,000 copies sold), When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts, When Couples Walk Together, (co-authored with her husband, Hugh), and her newest, 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom.
For more on her books, ministry, or free resources to strengthen your soul or marriage, see her website: StrengthForTheSoul.com.
Publication date: September 7, 2016
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How to Write a Prayer Strategy For Your War Room
Recently someone commented on my article “5 Strategic Ways to Recreate Your War Room” and asked the following question:
Could you explain one thing to me, though? What is meant by writing out your prayer strategy (#3)? I see people say that all the time, but I’m not clear on how to do that.
This is such a good question, because it is recommended by many great teachers on prayer and is a valuable part of our prayer life.
I to think of this as a war general preparing for battle, or even as a football coach preparing for the Superbowl.
Both need to understand how to develop a good strategy because both have two things in common:
- A goal to win
- An opponent with the same goal
The thing is this, it isn’t enough to have a goal!
It isn’t even enough to have a great plan for winning.
And here’s the reason: When your opponent has the same goal, he is strategizing ways to keep you from accomplishing your goal.
If victory were as simple as going out there and walking a clear, unhindered path to victory, 99% of Christians would live victorious lives.
But it’s not that easy, because we have an enemy who is cunning. Crafty.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;” John 10:10
He has a strategy. Not just a plan, but a strategy….an outline of ways he can carry out that plan and keep you from carrying out yours.
So, if you want to be victorious, you need to have your own strategy
But here’s the thing: We serve a God who is omniscient, all-powerful, and able to give us wisdom to strategize amazing strategies that will defeat our enemy at every turn!
It is simply up to us to labor in prayer until we receive that divine strategy, and then we need to daily tap into God’s grace to walk it out.
Here is how to write out your prayer strategy
1. Understand your opponent. A good general studies his opponent, he knows what his opponent is about, and how his opponent operates. Please understand, I am not telling you to go out and study Wicca or the occult. I’m not saying go buy satanic material and study Satan. You don’t study a deceiver by reading what a deceiver has written!
The Word of God has given us everything we need to know to understand our enemy and how he operates. The verse I gave you above is a great start. Just a word of caution here, don’t allow this step to become your focus. Read what the word says about our enemy and move on, because getting stuck here can be counter-productive! Jesus Christ should be our focus, not Satan.
2. Know your battleground. This is crucial.
What are your weaknesses? Where do you struggle most in your life? Write these battles down and then narrow them down the biggest battle you’re facing right now.
Then ask yourself some key questions about the battle: how long have you battling this thing? Are you making progress or are your regressing? Are you really fighting this battle, or have you been passive in this area?
Then study it. To successfully win a battle, you must know the lay the battleground. Are there hidden corners in which the enemy can hide and ambush you? Are there potholes or hidden inclines? What is the terrain of this battlefield?
Again, the place to turn to is God’s Word: our ultimate guide for battle. Search out scriptures that have to do with your battlefield and study them. Dig down deep. Read trusted commentaries on them and get to know your battleground.
3. Determine your opponent’s strategy against you. A good place to start with this is to talk with a trusted friend. They can often see behavioral patterns that you miss. If your struggle is with anxiety, ask them what they feel the enemy’s strategy is against you to keep you in a cycle of worry and defeat.
Write down what you feel his strategy is against you. For example, “Every time I experience a spiritual victory, the next day I begin second-guessing what God did for me. The more I second-guess it, the more the enemy plays mind-games with me until he drags me down into defeat, worry, anxiety, and depression.”
4. Get a plan of action. This will happen in prayer. Ask your friend to pray with you that the Lord will give you a clear plan of action for victory. Perhaps its learning to control your thoughts.
Well, how will you do this? What steps will you take to do this? How will you know when the enemy is advancing toward you in battle so you can grab your offensive and defensive weapons to defeat him? What verses will you use to defeat him with and how will you know to have them ready at a moment’s notice (because he will attack when you least expect him)?
5. Write out your strategy. Gather all of the information you have collected in steps 1-4 and write out your strategy of advancement and defeat of your enemy.
- List the characteristics you have learned about your enemy
- Clearly describe the lay your battlefield and any hidden traps or stumbling blocks that exist
- Describe the strategy he has planned against you
- Detail your plan to victory, using both offensive and defensive tactics and describing possible attacks by the enemy and your plan to thwart his plan and win the battle.
6. Worship. In the Old Testament, when the Israelites would go to battle, they’d send the worshipers ahead of the army. Worship is a powerful tool in defeating the enemy. In battle, it would sometimes confuse the enemy so that the opposing army would turn on itself and defeat itself without the Israelites having to lift a finger. (Judges 7)
Now you have your strategy, it is time to worship the Lord because your victory will not be won by your own hand. Only God can defeat the enemy. In and of ourselves we are powerless, but by the power of the Holy Spirit we can do all things!
In writing out a prayer strategy, it is vital that we get to the sixth step. If you never go beyond step five you will never walk in victory.
Because, Peter, your eyes will be on your opponent, his strategy against you, your battlefield, or your strategy against him.
Your eyes will not be on Christ, where they should be!“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth” Psalm 121:1-2
As you make Jesus Christ your focus, He will alert you to those times when you need to be ready to engage in spiritual warfare and He will give you the power by His Holy Spirit to walk in victory.
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Prayer Directive: Ask God to Expose the Strategy of the Enemy
On my way to work yesterday, I was praying about some things that had been troubling me. Suddenly, in a very ordinary moment, sitting in the car between two stoplights, I had a flash of inspiration that might have just changed my life. God exposed the strategy of the enemy.
In that one moment of Spirit-inspired revelation, the Lord showed me all at once what the enemy was trying to do to me through some hard things I’ve been through lately. And it wasn’t about the enemy trying to make my life miserable. No; it was far more sinister than that.
In that one flash of revelation, the Lord showed me that the enemy had been using specific circumstances to try to drive a wedge between me and everything necessary for me to walk in my calling
It wasn’t about the enemy just harassing me. It was about trying to get me so hurt by the circumstances that I would react in a certain way that would kill my ministry.
As soon as I saw it, I gasped and laughed at the same time. My mouth gaped open, and I shook my head in both indignation and holy joy. I started talking to myself, saying, “That is SO evil and diabolical!” And it was.
But this revelation gave me joy, too. You know why? Because suddenly I knew EXACTLY how to fight this attack from the enemy
I hadn’t seen how to defeat the enemy before, because I hadn’t seen the fullness of his ugly strategy. But God sent me that revelation for a reason. We’re in a war, beloveds. And the same way earthly armies have their intelligence networks that bring them secret information, GOD has His own intelligence system to bring US key information when we need it, too.
And God’s intelligence network is called the Holy Spirit.
And so as soon as the Holy Spirit gave me this revelation that exposed the enemy’s strategy, I knew how to fight it.
How do you fight any enemy strategy?
You come in the opposite spirit. This secret of winning at warfare applies to you and me in any situation. For example:
- If the enemy attacks with heaviness, you fight back by putting on your garment of praise and just praising God until God becomes so much bigger in your eyesight than the enemy’s attack … and the heaviness will leave (Isaiah 61:1-3).
- If the enemy is tempting you with lust, you fight back by focusing on Jesus and His Word crazy, because Jesus is Purity Incarnate and His words are pure words. And the purity and power of Jesus and His Word will help you become so obsessed with Jesus that your focus on Jesus leaves no room for lust.
- If the enemy attacks you with anxiety, you fight back by going to God in prayer and praying about every. single. littlest. thing. that’s bothering you. I mean praying about the minutest details. And as you do, God’s peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
And in my situation, I saw what I needed to do in order to defeat the enemy attack with the opposite spirit. I saw it in one instant, and it instantly relieved so much agony from my spirit.
The Holy Spirit did that with one flash of divine, spiritual-warfare intelligence about what the enemy was trying to do.
So what’s going on in your life? Do you need a flash of divine intelligence too? Ask God to expose the strategy of the enemy
If you’re walking through any kind of battle:
- Ask the Lord to show you what the enemy camp is doing.
- Ask Him to expose the enemy’s wicked tricks and schemes.
- Ask God to show you what the REAL battle is for behind the scenes–the battle BEHIND the diversions called “hurts” and “emotions” and “right now” and “appearances.” What’s the grand prize the enemy is really after?
- And most importantly, ask Him to show you exactly how to come in the opposite spirit and defeat that thing.
Will you ask the Lord to expose the strategy of the enemy today?
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