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Winning Your Battles

Just as there is a physical world that we see with our natural eyes, the Bible teaches us that there is an unseen spiritual world surrounding us.  This world is populated with spiritual forces.  There are angels that serve God’s purposes in people’s lives.  There are also evil beings that oppose God’s purposes.  And there are significant spiritual battles going on in this invisible realm.

Take a look at what the Apostle Paul said about this spiritual warfare:

“For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.”  –  Ephesians 6:12

At times, we find ourselves in the throes of spiritual attacks.  We feel the pressure of unseen evil forces assaulting and oppressing us.  We sense that we are in the bullseye of a battle, targeted by the enemies’ artillery.  Dark spirits are trying to bring us down and take us out.

How do we win battles like this?

The psalmist learned something about winning in spiritual warfare.  He discovered that victory came from God.  He experienced God stepping in to help him win battles he could not win on his own.

King David made this declaration:

“Only by your power can we push back our enemies; only in your name can we trample our foes.”  –  Psalm 44:5

It is important to remember that God is the source of our victory.  There are battles that only God can win.  While we must aggressively fight against the attacks of these invisible, but very real spiritual enemies, only God can grant the power that overcomes these adversaries.  While we must march out in battle against our spiritual foes, only God’s power, released through the authority of His name can and will trample and defeat them.

Are you in a spiritual battle today?  God is coming to your rescue!  Stand firm against the dark enemies of your soul, calling on His name, and trust God’s power to help you.  Remember, God has never lost a battle.  If you draw near to Him, you can be sure that your situation will not end in defeat!

Pastor Dale