You know that feeling of excitement that comes with new opportunities? God gives you a vision of your ministry, the calling He intended for you, and at first thought you are beyond ecstatic. You desire to change the world, and you know that with God’s help you will. Then a few days pass and suddenly your ardor is waning. What happened? The Devil waltzed in and two-stepped trampled your elation. He reminded us of our past, our weaknesses, and our inadequacies. And suddenly we went from mighty David to a wee child cowering in the corner. When this happens to me (and let me tell you that it does), I have found a no-fail formula to battle with the Devil.
First of all, I challenge him with an infallible truth from the Bible. When the devil tells me that I cannot do what God has called me to do because I am unworthy, unfit, a filthy sinner who has done ______________, I step up and tell him I am redeemed. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12) I did what the Devil brought up, but through the grace of God, I am not defined by my sinful past.
When he realizes that my past will not stop me, the Devil tries to attack my presence. He reminds me of my weaknesses both physically and spiritually. To counter these deficiencies, I remind him that I am not alone and that I have an unmovable strength on my side. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10) I let the Creator of the universe rejuvenate me and carry me through.
Finally, the Devil attacks my future and says you don’t know how much this is going to cost or where you will be when the time comes. What do I say? You guessed it! “But my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:9) I release my fears and doubt and rest in His promise of salvation.
Three simple steps. Redemption. Rejuvenation. Release. Three unbeatable truths equals one victory over my opponent. What’s your battle plan? How do you fight the Devil? Where do you get your strength?