Day 1 of A Winning Warrior // Introduction

So.

The debates have started but the conversation still seems to be going nowhere. We have so many unanswered questions about who we are as a nation, who we are as God’s people, who we are as women.

What do we do - what can we do as women in the Wiregrass area?

We can put our armor on.

We are wringing our hands when we can be suiting up. We are worrying about the future and letting the enemy try to steal what God has already promised us - victory.

This study is designed to help us grasp the realities of spiritual warfare. There is a battle raging against God and His children. The enemy plays dirty y’all. Though victory is ours, we must be willing to do battle! Spiritual warfare is the invisible conflict that is being waged in the invisible, spiritual realm – the heavenlies. Though its origin is in the unseen, the battle is being fleshed out in the visible, physical realm on earth. We must be aware of this battle in our daily lives.

Our natural tendency to emphasize our own struggles will begin to change when we focus on the spiritual origin that is clearly laid out for us in Ephesians 6:12: “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

To fight this battle of spiritual warfare, we must begin to see ourselves as a winning warrior. God has declared you to be a winning warrior when you received Him as your Lord and Savior. My sister, this is your God-given identity and position in Christ! Through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ - victory in every battle has been provided for us. You and I must grasp this truth: we are fighting not for victory but from victory.

We are, therefore, a winning warrior!

I understand that this is easier said than done. I’m a person who likes visuals and when I was reading about how God’s people would fight spiritual warfare in their visible, physical realms, I came across an object called a shofar.

A shofar or ram's horn.

A shofar or ram's horn.

The shofar (ram’s horn) was often used as an instrument of spiritual warfare in the Bible. Numbers 10:9 describes it by saying, “When you go to war in your land against an adversary who is oppressing you, you are to sound an alarm with trumpets; then you will be remembered before the LORD your God and you will be saved from your enemies.”

For the believer, the blast of the shofar represents the shout of God’s victory. When we feel oppressed, we have the ability to blast the sound of God’s word out loud.

Want to give it a go?

Shout out the verses below (c’mon, don’t be afraid!).

Romans 8:37: “I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me.”  

I John 4:4: “The one who is in me is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Our battle is against powers that seek to rob us of all that God has stored up for us in the heavenly places. Conversations, decisions, and battles that occur in the spiritual realm unilaterally impact what takes place in our physical lives. Unless you and I realize this, we will continually be looking for physical solutions to solve spiritual problems that are manifesting themselves in our physical lives.

Whom is the battle not against?

Flesh and blood - not our real enemies – which could be our mate, neighbor, child, our old natural tendencies, or any other form of flesh. Because this flesh is before our eyes and often in our face, we assume they are our enemies and we therefore take up arms against them.

God is reminding me constantly that the seeable flesh is merely a CONDUIT in the hand of the enemy. Satan wants to divert our attention away from God who has given us victory. He will use people, problems, or things that we can taste, touch, hear or smell (the seeable) to keep us from living a daily life of victory. Our real enemy is first described in Genesis 3:1 as a snake, the craftiest animal God has created. His strategy was to deceive Eve as he attempted to twist the Word and Character of God.

Why?

Because he hates God and hates those whom God loves.

That’s you and me, sister, and that is why we have to do spiritual warfare. You see, his strategy has not changed. Trickery, scheming, and lying to you is still his method of deception. Satan’s goal in your life and mine is stated plainly in John 10:10: “The enemy does not come except to kill, steal and destroy.” He has a method to his madness. Though he cannot know our heart, he is continually observing our behavior. He has noted the “conduits” he can best use in his attempt to kill, steal, and destroy you.

I have two prayers for us this week:

We will become increasingly aware that we are in a spiritual battle that is being fought in the heavenly realm but lived out in the physical realms of our life.

We will learn how to maintain our protective position in this battle at all times.

(A Warning Word: the only power Satan and his demons have is the power you and I give them by consent and cooperation. Let us learn to “sound the alarm” – shout the battle cry, blast the shofar, refuse to consent and cooperate when the enemy comes near!)

Stand firm, sister.

MY WAR ZONE:  

Each time we are together, I am going to lay myself bare becoming for you a personal word picture as God has revealed His truth to me.

The enemy was able to deceive Eve because he drew her into a conversation with him. Because he has observed that I often internalize deeply, struggle to make sense of a situation, and consequently end up “leaning on my own understanding” for answers,  this is a method he attempts to use with me.

A few weeks ago, I found myself distracted in my thoughts over a personal friend issue that I wanted “fixed.” In my devotion, I read, “Anything that we think about more than we think about the Lord would be an idol in our lives.” I froze! I had allowed the enemy to draw me into conversation over this issue and consequently I had responded by leaning on my own understanding and being consumed with the ways I could fix it.

I repented. Deciding to trust in the Lord with all my heart I prayed, “Lord, get my heart into such a condition that it has no will of its own in this matter.”

My battle cry went out once again with Proverbs 3:5–6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

I was able to pray, “Thy will be done!”(By the way, when I followed this pattern, God worked out the issue His way and set me free from the distraction.)

YOUR TURN:

My hope is that you will feel free to share with others by commenting on our post or Facebook page or in your small group on our post with the same freedom using the questions below.

  • How has keeping the proper perspective of the origin of our battles helped you?
  • Have you recognized the recurring “conduits” in your life that the enemy may be using in your life to divert your attention?
  • In addition to the two battle cries we have adopted for this study, do you have one of your own that you shout out?
  • How will recognizing that you are fighting FROM victory not FOR victory affect your battle?

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// Margaret