So I'm not sure if I'm the only one, but recently I've been experiencing a great deal of attack and have therefor have begun taking a crash course in spiritual warfare from God. Naturally, that's what I've been getting a lot from Him about, so if this is just for me, I am sorry, but I still hope you read it :)
First, I want you to answer one question for yourself and use the most immediate response you come up with.
What is the first thing you do when you get upset? For some, maybe it's cry or scream, for others maybe it's drown the pain or anger out with music or TV. For others, it may be painting-out or writing-out your emotions, getting the pain out and immortalizing it in a written or depicted eternity. For another group of you, it may even be to mute the pain with drugs, alcohol, cutting, or some other form of addictive mechanism to keep the unbearable thoughts away and life manageable. Are any of these really healthy? No, they are not. Because in every situation listed above, the pain is being avoided, drown out, shut up, or kept as a memory and therefore allowed to continue to operate in your life.
While you may guess my response would be to "Just Deal With it", as is the solution many preachers provide, I do not believe that such an answer is the proper solution at all. God NEVER intended us to have to "Just Deal" with pain in our lives. He never intended us to just deal with the pain of a broken family...to just deal with the abuse we receive...to just deal with the fact that the enemy is tearing us down at every chance he gets and smile at the end of the day and say "I'll Just Deal". NO! Paul said in Romans chapter 8 that "We are MORE than conquerors" because "If God is for us, who can be against us?"
I don't think conquerors accept defeat.
So what is the proper response? It's a pretty simple answer. The Word of God. In Ephesians 6, Paul tells us of the armor of God, and how we are to gird ourselves in order to fight the principalities and powers that war against us in this spiritual battlefield that we march upon every day. At the end of these assembly instructions Paul says:
"Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (v.17)
Do you realize that the sword of the spirit is the only weapon mentioned in this whole passage? Don't believe me, check it out. There are helmets, shields, breastplates, belts, and shoes but the WORD OF GOD stands alone as the weapon by which we wage war. So, clearly, we need to utilize it, not use our solutions and our own weapons that we tend to think work better like "talking the situation over" and never do anything, stay silent and "take it" like a "real" Christian (which NO real Christian would do who gets in the word and knows there authority, by the way), or just deny it's an attack altogether.
I know this seems pretty simple, but it's not. Reading your Bible is usually the last thing you want to do when you're upset, be it sad or angry, and your alternate solutions are so much easier to understand and handle. Why do you think that is? It is because the Devil is afraid of what might happen if we all actually read the word, God directed us to the passage we needed, we understood it, and USED it to pierce and slice open the attack of the enemy, killing it before it had a chance to injure us or weaken our armor.
So what am I saying?
Get out your Bible! Read it out loud! Proclaim God's truth to drown out the lies of the enemy! Let His infallible love letter to His children (that's us) ring through your home, school, or work place and change the atmosphere from defeat to victory as each word, chapter, and verse rips veils and tears down strongholds placed around us by the enemy. Slice up the arrows of attack before they reach you!
After all, a sword is sharper than an arrow.
If we do this, than we will be victorious, for God says in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5:
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ"
If we would only draw the sword and unleash the word, we could even bring our thoughts into alignment with Him!
So I say DRAW YOUR WEAPON and fight for the cause of Christ!
Defeat is not an option,
Because He ALREADY WON!