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Spiritual Warfare & Trials

I Am More Than a Conqueror – Effective Spiritual Warfare

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Most of us who are believers know at least a little bit about spiritual warfare and we have all experienced it for sure. But for those who don’t yet know God they don’t fully understand what spiritual warfare really is. They may hear us say “I am more than a conqueror…” but to them, we use faith as a crutch.

However, effective spiritual warfare and being a conqueror requires a battle! So let’s look at what this battle entails and how to truly be more than a conqueror in Yeshua!

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I am More Than a Conqueror – There’s No Crutches in My Armor

Some people view faith in God as a crutch; they think that it is escapism. They believe we want a nice trouble-free life, floating on clouds all day with the Hallelujah chorus playing in the background.

They think we are weak so we choose faith. However, the reality is quite different.

The moment you are saved it is like enlisting in an army; God’s army!

In joining the army of God you immediately enter the heat of battle. It is an age-old battle in a war that has been waging on for several millennia. The battle between good and evil, between right and wrong.

You see, before I was saved I made plenty of mistakes. I had to suffer the consequences of those mistakes, as we all must.

But that was it. I only had to deal with ME and the dumb mistakes I made. I posed no threat to this enemy who, at the time, I wasn’t even aware of.

Once I was saved it all changed. I now had a very real enemy. I had an enemy who wanted me to run back headlong into the life I knew before because it was easier.

I had an enemy who wanted me to flee and run at the first sign of trouble.

One who thought if he just turned the heat up high enough I would hightail it for the hills. An enemy who wanted me dead, quite honestly. He wanted me to say…

THIS IS TOO HARD!

I CAN’T FACE THESE ATTACKS!

I WAS BETTER OFF BEFORE I GOT SAVED!

Let’s face it. He didn’t care about me before I was saved! I was irrelevant to him. I was no threat. In fact, sometimes it probably seemed like I was an ally by avoiding the Lord at all costs. But now….oh NOW he cares…

Effective Spiritual Warfare – Having Spiritual Strength 

So, does me having faith in the Lord make me weak? No!

Weak would be doing whatever I want!

Weakness would be giving in to the lusts of the flesh. It would be thinking if I call the shots and make the rules then I don’t have to answer to anyone but myself.

Weak would be refusing to admit that I wasn’t my own god! Wow, imagine that!

I will say it once more; weakness is refusing to admit that there is a God who has a standard of righteousness and that you might just need to give up some things YOU want to hold onto because they give you a sense of power and authority.

Weakness would be not wanting to give up ALL my vices and face ALL my inadequacies and give my life over to God and face all these battles and attacks head on (although not alone).

No! That is not weakness. That is strength!

A strength that can only come from Adonai Tzva’ot (Lord of Heaven’s Armies)

A strength that comes from having the honesty to admit I am NOT all that and I do NOT control everything!

Strength that makes me admit that although the world DOES in fact revolve, it just isn’t around me!

You see, we are at war, and warriors don’t run! Warriors stand and they fight! Warriors follow their commander! I am more than a conqueror because I follow the One who goes before me into battle!

Some people love to just sing songs about how Jesus loves us and how we have the victory in Jesus but ignore the fact that there is a battle raging!

I Am More Than a Conqueror – Victory in Yeshua!

Yes! We have victory! But victory over what?

Victory is defined as “an act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition.”

Defeating an enemy or opponent.

We have victory in Yeshua but it is victory in battle!

We have victory over sin and death!

We have victory IN Him and THROUGH Him but to have victory requires opposition. You cannot have victory unless there is something to overcome!

Romans 8:37 says:

“But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” TLV

Being a conqueror requires a battle! Being a conqueror requires a war! Being a conqueror requires an enemy to conquer!

Crutch?

If you believe that then you have never faced the devil head-on. You have never experienced a dark night of the soul. You have never felt an evil so thick it was palpable.

It is a war!

No, there is no cloud hopping here!

Effective Spiritual Warfare Requires The Armor of God

If Yeshua didn’t expect me to do battle then why did He arm me?

Ephesians 6:11-18

Put on the full armor of God, so that you are able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the worldly forces of this darkness, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist when the times are evil, and after you have done everything, to stand firm.

Stand firm then! Buckle the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.

Strap up your feet in readiness with the Good News of shalom.

Above all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish 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.

Pray in the Ruach (Holy Spirit) on every occasion, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, keep alert with perseverance and supplication for all the kedoshim (holy ones). TLV (Parentheses mine)

Is Faith in God a Crutch?

I don’t see a crutch anywhere on that list!

There’s no crutch in my arsenal.

I have armor. I have weapons. I have a Messiah. I have a Commander and King. I have the Word of God!

2 Corinthians 10:4:

“For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but powerful through God for the tearing down of strongholds.We are tearing down false arguments” TLV

Adonai is Lord of Heaven’s Armies and THROUGH him I have the victory! I am more than a conqueror in him!

We Are More Than Conquerors

Let me make this clear, it says WE are more than conquerors!

In other words, He doesn’t surround us in a spiritual bubble and keep everything bad out. We do go through bad things and we go through attacks!

People have free will, evil does exist in this world and we do have a real enemy.

God never said weapons wouldn’t be formed. He said none would prosper!

Isaiah 54:17

No weapon made will prevail against you.
In court you will refute every accusation.
The servants of Adonai inherit all this;
the reward for their righteousness is from me…” (CJB)

There WILL be attacks against the people of God, just as in every battle!

But he does make sure we are armed and equipped for when the battles rages at our doors!

He DOES ensure we have the ultimate victory! We can overcome these attacks when they do come and we do it THROUGH Him if we put on the armor of God and…

“Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the adversary, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 CJB

Victory IS ours!

I am more than a conqueror and so are you!

CJB – Taken from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. www.messianicjewish.net

Tree of Life (TLV) – Scripture taken from the Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version*. Copyright © 2014,2016 by the Tree of Life Bible Society.  Used by permission of the Tree of Life Bible Society.

18 Comments

  1. I needed that. I am definitely going through a time of battle spiritually. I was just thinking about what I needed to do battle against all the things coming against me.

    1. I am sorry you are going through that Julie…I will keep you in prayer! I am glad you found it helpful!

  2. I really enjoyed reading your post! The Bible is very clear about the spiritual warfare going on around us and the challenges of following Christ instead of giving in. Temptation is everywhere and we need to rely on God for our strength and to carry us through the tough times. His strength and love are beyond compare and his team is triumphant! Great post!

  3. Very good post on Spiritual warfare. I hear far too often that Christians do not think about this anymore. That is the most dangerous spot to be in. So important to put on the full armour of God every day, and keep focused on the task at hand with Him.

    1. Absolutely!! It IS a dangerous spot to be in. And you are right…it is often something Christians don’t think much about. Thank you!

  4. Diane,
    Thanks for this awesome battle manifesto for those who are in Christ Jesus. There are no “crutches” in God’s armor and what strength-giving reminders that “no weapon formed against us shall prosper” and after we are suited up in God’s armor, He calls us to “stand” because the battle belongs to Him. Excellent post! Read it over a few times!!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  5. We do tend to blind ourselves to the battle behid powerful songs like ‘Victory in Jesus’ and truths like ‘more than a conquerer in Jesus’ but you are absolutely right. Becoming a Christian is enlisting in God’s army during war time!!

  6. Diane,

    I love this…”There’s no crutch in my arsenal. I have armor. I have weapons. I have a Savior. I have a Commander and King. I have the Word of God!” Such a powerful, encouraging post. I really needed this reminder today.

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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