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May 21, 2017

KEYS TO VICTORY IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE

BY PS. HENRY PILLAI

‘There is an appointed time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:… a time for War and a time for Peace.’ That is promised to us! That’s a promise you don’t even have to claim. It will just happen. (Ecclesiastes 3)

When you came to Jesus, you gained a Saviour! You were born again on a Battlefield! That’s why you face problems.

God has promised you great blessings! But Satan and his forces want to rob you of your blessings and steal away your joy. If he can do that, he can hold you in poverty and weakness. Beyond that, he can keep the entire Human Race bound in harsh captivity! But God wants you to TRIUMPH over the enemy. 2 Corinthians 2:14, ‘Thanks be to God, who always leads us in TRIUMPH in Christ.’ God says, if you are following His lead, YOU CANNOT FAIL! But part of the process for victory is learning to understand your enemy!

Just as with the 12 spies sent out to spy on the Promised Land, the way we perceive the giants now facing us can either cause us to rise up with faith in God’s overcoming power, or shrink back and curse the blessing that awaits us.  David faced a similar choice when he confronted Goliath.  I am declaring that you will not give in to fear this month, but recognize the weapon the LORD has prepared for you to face off your giants. Do not listen to any voice trying to lure you back to “Egypt”, but trust the LORD for the revelation you need to cross over into your next place of freedom.

The prophet Habakkuk was one who was in touch with God. He heard of the turbulence that was coming. He was greatly disturbed in his spirit and he poured out his heart to God (Habakkuk 3:16). Habakkuk felt that God was silent and that shook him (Habakkuk 1:2). Often we also wonder where God is in the midst of suffering and pain. Well, we see something in Habakkuk that encourages us – he maintained a sense of calmness and quietness.

Habakkuk did two things: Firstly, he said that he will wait upon the Lord – ‘I will stand on my watch, and set myself on the tower, and will watch to see what He will say to me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved’ (Habakkuk 2:1). This is the quiet waiting that trusts in God’s faithfulness. In quietness we need to watch. Just watch!

Secondly, he said that he will quietly rejoice in the Lord (Habakkuk 3:18) for he knew that the Lord was his strength (Habakkuk 3:19).

So in the midst of all that is happening, beloved, move forward with God! He will always lead you in TRIUMPH!

In John 16:33, the Lord gives us two promises: 1) “In this world you will have trouble”, 2) “Be courageous! I have overcome the world!” Beloved, troubles, trials, challenges, difficulties are what the Lord has promised us. It is the language of God to help us remove the ways of Egypt from our thoughts, words and deeds. Let us ‘look up’ and fix our eyes on the Author and Finisher of our faith and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us through this month.