“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” 1 John 4:4 (NLT)
There is more to this world and life than we can see, feel and experience. There is more than the natural world, flesh and blood. In the unseen world, what I would call the spiritual realm (or the supernatural) there is a war being waged.
In the Christian faith, we know that the battle will end and Jesus will be victorious. However, the battle for human souls rages on here on earth in the meantime. Jesus calls our enemy, a “thief,” out there looking only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He wants you dead and every good part of your life destroyed. He will even cause you to turn on other people who you think have caused the issues. It is one of his schemes. Don’t take the bait! (Ephesians 6:11-12)
As a Christian, when you recognize the work of the enemy in your life, stealing from you, killing your dreams, ruining important things in your life, and causing general destruction, you need to fight back.
Fighting back includes using God’s Word to refute his lies, spending time alone in prayer and bible study to get God’s heart for this situation and what He is doing behind the scenes, and then taking an active part in what God wants you to do in response. Just like the Israelites who marched around Jericho for seven days, He might tell you to do something unconventional.
Worship through singing to God is a powerful weapon we have to fight against the enemy. If I am going through a trial, that is when I change my music and listen only to praise and worship music. It makes a big difference. It focuses my thinking on God and away from anything that might distract me from Him. He will honor your praise and bless it in the supernatural.
When I am going through trials, I always find much solace from reading the Psalms, songs and poetry written by King David and others, usually in the midst of life-threatening circumstances.
Don’t know which to start with? Try Psalm 34, written when David had to pretend to be insane to avoid being put to death by his enemy. Worship takes the focus off of the challenging situation and the negative emotions surrounding it and turns the focus instead to the Almighty God who can overcome it.
Take it from me, whatever He is leading you to do, do it!
He is faithful!
You can trust Him!
He is more powerful than the spirit who is in the world.