Finding Fulfillment in Following God

Want to start winning your spiritual battles?

We know there’s a war going on, but we aren’t always sure what to do in the fight.  Besides never surrendering, what is my responsibility? How can I make sure I choose the right side? Maybe your adversary is cunning and you are tired and beat down. Instead of giving up, why don’t you try these 8 tips for success:

8 steps to win all your spiritual battles

1) Choose to Fight

Sometimes we can be professional pacifists and live in denial that there is a war, or that we need to fight.  Unfortunately, life doesn’t work like that and we have to choose a side.  We can choose comfort and let the enemy win with the lie that you can have it all, that the way isn’t really all that narrow.

Or you can accept that the battle is real, put on your armor, and step out boldly into the danger zone in search of the greatest prize.

Put on the ARMOR OF GOD so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the ARMOR OF GOD, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.  Stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplateand your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of PEACE. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:11-18

2) Hit Rock Bottom

Once we are in the fray, we feel righteous and invincible.  Often, we think we can do it all and that the dragons will somehow magically fall at our feet or that we will be given super human strength if we are tasked with super-human callings…. but alas, we are still the same fallen creatures we were when we stepped onto the battlefield. We fight and we grow tired. We are wounded and we fail.

But, this is a good thing.

The goal is to arrive at the point where we know we cannot win alone – Where we recognize our weakness and admit that we need help.

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Read Also:  Human Weakness – The Secret to Super-Human Strength

3) Pray

This means talk to Him.

Communicate. Listen. Spend time in silence.

What use is a soldier who does not know His orders?

Learn what it means to hear Him speak to you, start to recognize His voice – so that you can know what to do.

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4) Stop fighting against God

and save your energy for the battles that really matter.

We might not understand what God is doing in the battle and we might think our way is better…. but, speaking from experience, its a futile waste of energy. All will be as it should be, and if you actually want to win, you will let God lead, whether you understand or not.

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Read also: Fighting God out of Fear – A Mother’s Testimony

5) Do your best

Stop thinking about what goes wrong, who’s unhappy, all the excuses we have not to make progress (ie. lack of time, money, abilities, etc).

Do what He is asking you to do – nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.

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Read also: How to Do God’s Will (Even if you don’t Know What It Is)

6) Fast

We have no idea of the power of fasting anymore in this world. So many times we reduce fasting to a couple days a year and do it only out of obligation. We spend this time complaining about how hard it is and how much we don’t like it. Sometimes, we try to make it positive and talk about it’s health benefits and how it helps us lose weights. But none of those things help us to really capture the value of fasting.

Fasting has the power to cast out DEMONS (Mark 9:29, Matthew 17:21)!

Tell me that wouldn’t be valuable in Spiritual Warfare!

If you are still struggling with the concept of how giving up food could possibly have anything to do with any of the hopeless situations, or instances where you feel powerless in your life, try thinking of it in this way:

Sometimes, fasting is just to make us question how much we really want what we are praying for.  How serious are we about it? If we could do something, would we really? If not eating this second helping, or that cookie could help, would I do it?

It doesn’t matter if it makes sense to us. Fasting is a test to see what kind of metal we are made of. This is where we find out how serious we are about our prayer.

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7) Wait

God may seem like he is moving slow, but He is just waiting for all the pieces to fall into place. He is working with a lot of stubborn souls.

It’s a little bit like picking a lock. He has to work with one “tumbler” at a time. The lock remains just as locked until the very last tumbler has clicked into place.  You are only one of those tumblers.  Maybe your lock has 17!

But, when the lock finally pops, everything opens quickly.

So, if you feel like you are having to wait a long time for your lock to burst open, just think, maybe there are more tumblers…. it is delicate, painstaking, and precise work, but once it clicks, it will be amazing!

Make sure you are ready.  Use your waiting time wisely. Be grateful for this opportunity to make sure you are prepared for what the future has in store.

Read also: Matthew 25 – Parable of the 10 Virgins, Parable of the Talents, Judgement of the Nations

8) Trust

Maybe He is giving you this opportunity to realize He is trustworthy. Maybe you need to see that He is able.

Maybe you need a rest from feeling like you have to do it all.

Sometimes it is sweet to just sit back and watch.

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