Be rooted. Be guarded. Be disciplined.
Have you ever wondered how to actually go about battling something spiritually? We’ve all heard people talk about being in battle or having something they struggle with that they’re trying to overcome. A battle is more than a struggle. A battle is a strategy to be victorious over the enemy.
Know truth. If you don’t know truth from falsehood, you’re going to be fighting in a fog with no solid sense of direction. Read your bible.
Psalm 119:105 (NASB)
Be consuming the Word of God. How often are you reading your bible? Has it been a couple of weeks or even a couple of months? This is your spiritual nutrition. Are you well-nourished in your bible study?
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NASB)
Pray. How often are you talking to God? Daily? Only when you need something? Like any relationship, no communication isn’t much of a relationship. Are you spending time with the Lord? Are you listening? Do you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you? Can you find a moment? If you’re too busy to pray, you’re too busy. Reorder your priorities. Even if your prayer time in the morning is turning off your radio on your drive to work and using that time to talk to God, you can make time for Jesus. Have a routine if you need to. In the moment that you’re struggling, you need to step aside from everything and start praying.
Colossians 4:2 (NASB)
Attend and connect to a truth preaching church. Going to church is necessary for spiritual maintenance. It nourishes us. It grows us. It guides us. And we need the fellowship.
Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)
Have ministers in your life. We all need people to guide us and teach us and pour wisdom into us. You need to have a pastor you can talk to. You need to find preachers that speak truth and life to your spirit. You need people that can show you the way.
Ephesians 4:11-15 (NIV)
Be of sound mind. Your mindset determines what and how you think. What kind of thoughts rule your mind? Is it fear? It is worry? Anxiety? Depression? Despair? Or is it trust, faith, victory, praise?
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
Train your mind to think on the things of God and speak faith. What are you focused on? It is natural to worry and fear and be negative. We have to train ourselves to think with faith. We have to redirect our thoughts to be focused on the things of God. Speaking faith is a habit that must be practiced.
Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Listen to testimonies. Know what God can do. Sometimes we overcome battles because we know if he did it for them he can do it for us too. If you have a testimony, share it because somebody out there needs it.
Revelation 12:11 (NASB)
Know that the devil prowls around like a predator looking for who he can devour. You are not exempt from temptation. Know that these temptations will come and we have a way to overcome.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)
Know what is sin. It is important that you’re paying attention when the bible calls something a sin and it is important that you choose a church that isn’t afraid to preach what is right and what is wrong.
2 Timothy 2:19 (NIV)
Also know your own weaknesses. We all have things that are a problem area for us. Be especially guarded against your own weaknesses. Use the scriptures on that topic as tools to keep your mind on the right track. Write down the verses that help you resist the temptation and stay strong in your conviction.
Psalm 119:133 (NIV)
Know what pulls you away. Addictions of all kinds are spiritually destructive. Idols pull you away from God. Maybe it’s simply being too tired to go to church. Maybe it’s a hurt. We each have our things that we know pull us away from God. What is that for you?
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
Know what is righteousness. Are you striving to live like Jesus? Are you striving to live in a holy manner?
Romans 6:11-23 (NIV)
Watch where you step. Don’t tempt yourself. Guard your thoughts against the temptations of the flesh. Stay away from the things of darkness.
Romans 13:12-14 (NASB)
Be diligent in filtering your entertainment. What you feed your mind with is powerful. Be very careful with the entertainment you consume. The media industry is highly influential over thoughts and lifestyles. Social media can be great, but it can always be unhealthy. If it’s a sin to do, it’s a sin to entertain yourself with it. Turn off that television. Go through what you subscribe to on social media. What are you feeding your mind with what you view?
2 Peter 1:3-6 (KJV)
Be connected to believers that will cover you in prayer. It is a powerful thing when brothers and sisters in Christ lift each other up in prayer. We can battle for each other too in intercessory prayer. A friend that prays for you is a good friend.
Galatians 6:1-2 (NIV)
Resist sin. You can’t overcome sin if you invite it in. Self-discipline is a big part of walking the narrow path. Refuse to indulge in what is destructive to your soul.
1 Thessalonians 5:22-24 (NIV)
Repentance is a necessary cleansing. None of us are perfect. If you refuse to let go of and turn from what you are battling to overcome, it will consume you.
1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)
Surrender the sinful desires of the flesh at the foot of the cross. Lay it down. If you’re hanging onto something that’s destroying your spirit, you’re going to stay in that battle because you’re gripping the poison that slays you.
1 Peter 1:14-16 (NASB)
Have your mind made up to live for the Lord. That means denying the sinful desires of the flesh. That means sacrificing what is pleasurable for a season if it’s harmful to you spiritually. That means boundaries and keeping yourself on the track of righteousness.
Romans 8:5-9 (NASB)
Surround yourself with people who keep you on the path of living for Jesus. Go to church. Fellowship with other believers. Iron sharpens iron. Be a student. Be a mentor. Be at the prayer meetings. If you have people you’ve been spending time with or talking to that are negatively impacting you spiritually, consider pruning your social circle if you need to. And if you’re tempted to fill your time with sin that decays, instead spend that time serving others and plant seeds to grow the kingdom.
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
Remember you are called to be set apart. We are God’s holy people. We are called to live holy. Discipline yourself to maintain your separateness from the world of sin.
2 Corinthians 6:17 (NASB)
Worship your way through the battle. When push comes to shove and the struggle gets bigger, worship the Lord. Live for Him. Praise Him. Sing to Him. Give testimony. Speak to his greatness. Build up your faith. Get to church. Get to a prayer meeting. Have a chain-breaking prayer session in the middle of the night. Get your mind fixed on Jesus. Grow your faith, starve the desires of your flesh. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. Speak faith. You are an overcomer.
Acts 16:25-26 (ASV)
Fast. Fasting is not optional. It is expected. It is needed.
Matthew 17:21 (KJV)
Abstain from distractions and dedicate time for God. We get so busy. We get distracted every few minutes from whatever we’re trying to do. We have our cell phones in our hand and a to-do list a mile long. Even when we intend to do bible study or have prayer time or look into that topic that’s been weighing on our mind, we get distracted. We need to be intentional with making time for God. Block off time for your spiritual wellbeing.
Luke 21:34 (NASB)
What is your battle strategy? Do you have one?
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NASB)
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