It can be shocking to learn just how some Believers fight a spiritual battle. People scream and shout and yell at the devil, demand that he come and stand in front of them, and then there’s the chanting and heavy breathing and rolling on the floor. And the devil loves these battles because he gets so much attention and so much glory. However, if we really are followers of Jesus, then we need to follow His example, do as He says and, give God all the glory. There is only one way to fight spiritual battles.
When Jesus walked this earth, He fought spiritual battles non-stop. His very first battle happened just after He was baptized in the River Jordon by his cousin John. Jesus was filled with God’s Spirit and God literally lived in Him. Then Jesus went into the mountains to be alone with God. At the end of 40 days, Jesus was hungry, and likely very weak from not eating. It was the perfect time in Satan’s eyes to tempt Jesus and get Him to fall just as he’d got Adam to fall.
The devil knew who Jesus was, but being that He lived in an earthly body, he was sure that he could get Jesus to cave. So, he presented three amazing opportunities to Jesus, but Jesus got the victory over each one. And He didn’t do it by shouting or cursing the devil, or by chanting or dancing around. In fact, Jesus was very calm and to the point. He didn’t need to do anything else.
Jesus fought those battles with the Word of God, “It is written”. You see, God lived inside Jesus’s body, and Jesus, who was then God in the flesh, knew the Scriptures because He’d spoken them in the first place. And so when he responded to each of Satan’s temptations by speaking the Word, the devil fled. Why? Because the devil knows God, knows the Scriptures and is terrified of both.
- Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
- Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
- Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
- Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
- Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.—Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus had become one with God so that throughout His ministry, it was God talking and God performing the miracles. Jesus knew the Scriptures in His heart, and this is where we have to get to. We need to study the Bible and get its truth deep into our heart so that we can become one with God, just as Jesus did.
- 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.—Ephesians 6:12
We were born into sin and live in this sinful world, and we don’t quite have the divine relationship with God that we should. So Jesus not only gave us life through His shed blood at the cross, but He also gave us the ability to put on the spiritual armor. Our battle is with an angry devil who could crush us in a second if we attempted to fight him without the armor.
We must daily put on the whole armor of God, just as Jesus did. We must daily study the Bible so we can know the Scriptures as Jesus knew them. We must spend time in prayer with our Heavenly Father as Jesus spent time with Him, and we must praise God and give Him glory, just as Jesus did. And when the Scriptures are sure in our heart, then and only then can we attempt to fight the battle.
- Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;—Ephesians 6:14-17
We don’t need deliverance ministries. We need to know God, to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and to have our hearts and minds renewed daily in the Scriptures. We should be the ones who are wearing the armor and who can and will fight and win! We are called by the Lord to preach the gospel and to show God’s love to everyone around us. So, let’s do as Jesus did and put on that armor and fulfill our calling, in Jesus’ name!
- The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.—Exodus 14:14
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