It’s been almost a year since God released the first Fight Lesson in my heart – I knew at that time that I was getting ready to step into a whole new part of my journey. He was showing me some things in His Word very clearly & tying them to my life. He was telling me over and over again to put ON MY ARMOR that I was going to need it. I had NO idea at the time how intense it was going to be, couldn’t possibly be more intense than what I’ve already been through .. right? Hmmm… not the same, doesn’t mean not as intense. But there is always good news: He does not EVER show us something to leave us there; He wants us healed and FREE.
There is NO adventure in this world like walking with Jesus daily; (by the second actually) BUT, It cannot be done without the Holy Spirits help. If you are busy looking real closely at someone else’s stuff KNOW that the enemy is using it to distract you from what God has for you and it will most certainly keep you from bearing all the fruit that God wants you to bear (love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – Galatians 5:22).
Also know that no matter how bad it hurts your feelings.. He loves them too and wants them free! So if you are praying “God use me to further Your kingdom” you don’t get to decide how he does that. If you are bound by judgement, put it down – if you are bound by legalism, put it down. This journey requires wisdom,perseverance & courage that only He can give. It can’t be done without the help of the Holy Spirit. Looks like we are Revisiting Fight Lessons!
Fight Lesson #1: Know your opponent. The devil IS REAL; he IS A LIAR … His purpose is to keep you from what GOD has for you. (1 Peter 5:8) #FightLesson1
Fight Lesson #2: This is NOT a fair fight. Your opponent knows you; he’s been watching for a VERY long time. He is aware of your strengths & your weaknesses; Regardless of your reason; or how the world justifies it your OFFENSE/Anger/Bitterness/UNForgiveness WILL be used to cut off your hearing & blind your vision. LET IT GO. (Matthew 6:15, NIV among MANY others)
Fight Lesson #3: Guilt, Shame & Condemnation have NO place in this battle … You have been Redeemed & Forgiven, your debt has been PAID IN FULL. You are human, you will stumble, repent & Keep Going ~ IT IS FINISHED. (John 19:28-30, NIV)
Fight Lesson #4: SURRENDER. Yes, you read it right. Surrender. Not to your opponent; to the One who goes before you & stands behind. Surrender because He loves you SO much that He died for you, He has your back & He SEES the whole picture & you are not capable of seeing the whole picture. (James 4:7, Romans 12:12, NIV)
Fight Lesson #5: UNITY. Stand UNITED with His Beloved; you know, the ones fighting beside you!?! STOP warring WITHIN your army & stand UNITED. Does that mean we must agree on every single topic; it does not. But, Do we serve the same Master? I don’t care about the fact that you do OR don’t bleh, bleh whatever. We are ALL at different places in our walk with Him. We MUST remember: “It IS NOT against flesh & blood that we battle but against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12, NIV)
“Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. “(Ephesians 4:3-6, ESV)
Fight Lesson #6: IN this World NOT “OF” this World. You are called to a different path. This fight may include parts and pieces that don’t look the way the world thinks they should ~ if your path is baffling to people that are not yet walking closely with the Lord you are probably headed in the right direction. (Still remember Lessons 1 – 5, He is no respecter of persons.)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2, NIV)
14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:14, NIV)
Fight Lesson #7: Know Who You Are. You are more than your bad choices; you are more than mistakes you’ve made. You are MORE than the degree you carry, the job you hold, the social status you carry, the house you live in, the car you drive. You are ACCEPTED, You are SECURE, You are SIGNIFICANT. You are DEEPLY LOVED.
I am accepted…
John 1:12 I am God’s child.
John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body.
Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:9-10 I am complete in Christ.
Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.
I am secure…
Romans 8:1-2 I am free from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
Romans 8:31-39 I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:1-4 I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
I am significant…
John 15:5 I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
(Taken from Freedom In Christ Ministries, Who I Am In Christ)
Fight Lesson #8: Isolation. If your opponent can isolate you; his chances of taking you down increase considerably. If, on the other hand you have an army (big OR small) standing around you speaking truth that is a little more difficult! You were created for relationship … GOD created you to be in relationship with HIM first and foremost but with other people too. There will be times when HE pulls you out to a quiet place so that HE can Speak Life back into you; but if you feel cut off from everyone including Him your oppressor is gaining ground. DON’T believe the LIE that you are supposed to do it alone & understand that even when (imperfect) people fail you; GOD NEVER WILL. Don’t ISOLATE, reach out.
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. (Genesis 2:18, NIV)
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV)
Fight Lesson #9: Secrets/Silence. The secrets you keep buried deep inside you, the things you refuse to acknowledge or speak out loud will hold you hostage as long as you allow it. Secrets come at a price. But GOD! If you have Him within you there is NO need to sit in an unlocked prison cell, You are FREE. Tell on it. See ‘Fight Lesson #2, remember ‘Fight Lesson #3.
“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.” (Psalm 32:3, NIV)
Fight Lesson #10: A Garment of Praise. When it feels so heavy that you can barely catch your breath; when the battle has gotten intense and you feel defeated, the enemy is surrounding you … pounding on your doors, walls, ceiling & floor .. Coming at you from every angle possible, you feel like a failure & heaviness is closing in ~ CHOOSE TO OFFER A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE TO GOD. Sing praises to Him that made You, ADORE Him, thank Him. His promise is “The Garment of Praise for the Spirit of Despair” (Isaiah 61:3) it’s not just “a garment” that covers, it’s THE spiritual ‘Garment’; it is the thing that drives out heaviness. The promise is real. Sound Crazy? Try it on. Go before the Lord in adoration & crush the enemy with your Praise.
Fight Lesson #11: BE Intentional, Invite Him IN. What part of this battle are you leaving Him out of? Do you understand that “it is IN HIM that we live and move and have our being?” (Acts 17:28) He has pursued YOU because He wants in it all! He has pursued You, He is invested in YOU; He wants to be IN EVERY decision. That is how much He loves you! You can do NOTHING without Him, but IN Him ~ IN Him, ALL things are possible! (Phil 4:13) Don’t allow the free will that HE gave to You render Your greatest weapon (Him) useless in Your life. He is a Gentleman; He wants an invitation.
“it is IN HIM that we live and move and have our being?” (Acts 17:28)
“I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13, NKJV)
3 Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
4 Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore! (Psalm 105:3-4, NKJV)
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Fight Lesson #12: Obedience. What is dried up & hopeless in your life? What looks DEAD, slain? Is there a hopeless place that seems like it should be buried? Are there bones on the floor of your Valley? Is there no denying that life has left them? The next question I am going to ask you Beloved is WHO gets the say on whether or not that is truth?
I am here to tell you that if you are His; it shouldn’t be you! It should always be ‘the Commander of your life.’ Then the Lord said to me; “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, DRY BONES HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will COME TO LIFE. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” The next sentence is of utmost importance: SO I PROPHESIED AS I WAS COMMANDED. (As I was commanded. As I was commanded. As I was commanded……) And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, (as He commanded me, as He commanded me, as He commanded me!) And breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
AND BREATH ENTERED THEM AND THEY STOOD UP ON THEIR FEET~A VAST ARMY. Ezekiel could have ignored the command to Prophesy ~ but he chose obedience. Be obedient to the command of the Lord Beloved, He is the One who decides! He gets the last word. (Ezekiel 37, NIV ~ emphasis & additions mine)
‘It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ – eternal & glorious plans they are – will have you put together & on your feet for good. HE gets the last word; Yes He does. (1 Peter 5:10-11, MSG)
The Valley of Dry Bones
37 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.