2 Cor 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
2 Cor 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.
Today I want to encourage you from a subject of extreme importance in these last days in which I believe affects each and every one of us as believers in Jesus Christ. For many months we have been dealing with this COVID-19 situation, and many of God’s leaders and people have discerned an increase in demonic activity in the earth.
As we watch the news, we can see that crime has increased, racism has increased, division has increased, the country is going through a serious transition in the economy, the unemployment rate has increased, great companies that have been around for many years are closing doors, and we find that even the people of God are getting discouraged, frustrated, impatient and even wavering in their faith.
I want you to know that the level of activity in the physical realm is equal or greater in the spiritual realm. When you see criminal activity, murder, immorality and destruction, increasing in the physical realm, you know that it is increasing in the spiritual realm as well.
The enemy is relentless, and he is constantly accusing, discouraging, deceiving, and attempting to hinder the plan of God and the purposes of God in your life. But Isa 59:19 states, When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.
In other words when the enemy comes against you like a flood to overtake you, to drown you in your sorrows, in sickness, in pain, discouragements, disappointments and despair. The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. That’s why Isaiah also said, “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper.” It may form, but it will not prosper in the end! (Isaiah 54:17)
And so the first thing we need to understand, “Who is the enemy ?” Its not your neighbor, its not your Christian brother or sister, its not your husband, its not your wife, its not that friend or family member who has been acting crazy. It’s your adversary Satan! The name Satan in Hebrew means enemy or adversary.
And so you have got to understand that Satan is the author of confusion, and he comes to steal, to kill and to destroy according to John 10: 10
The Bible says the following in 1 Peter 5: 8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. “
And so we have got to understand that even as the eyes of the Lord go to and fro throughout the earth to show himself strong on your behalf of those whose hearts are perfect towards him according to 2 Chron 16: 9. The enemy is doing the same thing, except he wants to destroy your testimony, your future, your family, your ministry, and the anointing this is upon your life.
I find that many Christians are going through for various reasons. Some of us are being tested, some of us are experiencing life, and some have gotten out of the will of God. But like Job we have got to stay focused. Job lost everything he had. His family members, his finances, his future, and his health. Its ironic that many of us are being attacked in those same areas. But I want you to know that greater is the Jesus that lives in you than he that is in the world.
But Job never wavered in his faith and he didn’t curse God. Even his wife told him, “Curse God and die.” (Job 2: 9). 1 Peter 5: 9 gives you the answer of how to deal with situations in your life when the enemy comes against you.
1Pe 5:9 “Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
Many times we think that our battle is against flesh and blood but it is a spiritual battle.
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
A spiritual battle must be fought in the spirit. And we must understand that in order to defeat the forces of darkness we must filled with the spirit of God, led by the spirit and always walking in the spirit. The scripture says:
2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
2Co 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
2Co 10:5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Jesus is our example in how to deal with the devil! 1 John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
Jesus Christ came into this world to restore the broken fellowship between God and man in which sin broke that fellowship. Jesus accomplished his mission and returned to the father. But he gave us authority and power in the earth over all the power of the enemy. And we are to exercise that power!
Luk 10:19 says, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
But what I am finding and observing in these last days especially with this COVID situation that many are worrying, when they should be warring in the spirt, worshipping the LORD, and working for the LORD!
It’s almost like that movie the lion King, where the young lion doesn’t realize the power and authority he had was his inheritance. And because he didn’t realize who he was, the powers of darkness overruled the Kingdom. But someone had to awaken the King in him, to get him to realize that he was more than a conqueror, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a chosen generation. One day he looked at his self in the water and he saw the reflection of greatness in his father and in his self.
In other words he came to his senses. I want to awaken the King in you! I’m talking to you now saints, you are a mighty man of valor, you are a virtuous woman in Christ. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You’ve been washed in his blood, sanctified by his saving grace. Jesus is the lion of the Tribe of Judah; you have his spirit on the inside of you, which gives you the power of the King.
Its time to walk in your authority. Its time to take back your joy, your strength, your finances, your future, your family, and everything that the enemy has stolen or is attempting to steal.
Yes, we know the Devil is busy, but we must be about our Fathers business. (Luke 2:49) The problem is that we have not completely submitted ourselves to God, but leaned on our own understanding. Satan then takes advantage of this and attempts to use our own ignorance to discourage, or hinder or hurt us.
In the natural an athlete must train daily to stay in top shape. As a Christian, you must train daily by staying strong in the Word, praying in the spirit, fasting, unifying with other believers, encouraging yourself in the Lord, and building yourself up on your most Holy faith!
Its time to fight in the spirit and get radical about spiritual things! The Word for today is get radical, refocused, and refreshed with spiritual fire to win in the spirit realm! When we do this, we will get the victory in Jesus Name!
May God Bless you,
Pastor Jamal E. Quinn