What a glorious time my mom and I had at women’s retreat. We now know how to be a Warrior Princesses. This is the title and theme of the weekend. This was my first time in years I went to women’s retreat. I really didn’t know what to expect but was praying for God to speak to me from his word. Without fail he did. We were taught the tactics the enemy uses to destroy us. He may say to us, “Your not good enough!” Or “Your not worthy to be God’s servant!” Or, “Staying home with your kids, is not making a difference in their life.”
I was reminded as Christians we have three voice in our head; the first one is us, the second one is the Holy Spirit, and the third one is Satan. We need to learn to recognize who is speaking. You will know when it is satan when you hear something that is discouraging and a lie. When satan opens his mouth he lies! These things he whispers to you about not being good enough, recognize them! They are not from God.
I pray the Lord will help me to recognize his evil work and to resist him so he flees. In Ephesians 6:11-18 it says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 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 which with you 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; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”
We do not wrestle with flesh and blood (people)” we wrestle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. ” Wow, there is this unseen battle that is going on that is between God and Satan. How I needed to be reminded of this.
We are to know and practice God’s priorities. In 2 Corinthians 10:3 it says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds, casting down arguments and any high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s.”
What are God’s priorities for me, for you regarding spiritual warfare? First off, to read His word. How will I be able to do God’s priorities and will for my life if I am not reading His word? I can’t! I will dig into the word of God daily to search scripture to know His will for my life as a whole and each day. Secondly, we are to resist the devil. In 1 Peter 5: 8-9 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” In James 4:7 it says, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee.” One way to resist his tactics is to quote scripture and speak it out loud to satan. Remember satan can’t hear your thoughts, but he can hear you speak. Also, sing praise songs to Jesus out loud. Don’t forget to “not forsake the assembling of yourselves” (going to church) and also praying to Jesus that you would resist the devil.
I pray that you would all recognize the enemies tactics and “flee” from them. That you would be “steadfast in the faith” !