On my way to work yesterday, I was praying about some things that had been troubling me. Suddenly, in a very ordinary moment, sitting in the car between two stoplights, I had a flash of inspiration that might have just changed my life. God exposed the strategy of the enemy.
In that one moment of Spirit-inspired revelation, the Lord showed me all at once what the enemy was trying to do to me through some hard things I’ve been through lately. And it wasn’t about the enemy trying to make my life miserable. No; it was far more sinister than that.
In that one flash of revelation, the Lord showed me that the enemy had been using specific circumstances to try to drive a wedge between me and everything necessary for me to walk in my calling.
It wasn’t about the enemy just harassing me. It was about trying to get me so hurt by the circumstances that I would react in a certain way that would kill my ministry.
As soon as I saw it, I gasped and laughed at the same time. My mouth gaped open, and I shook my head in both indignation and holy joy. I started talking to myself, saying, “That is SO evil and diabolical!” And it was.
But this revelation gave me joy, too. You know why? Because suddenly I knew EXACTLY how to fight this attack from the enemy.
I hadn’t seen how to defeat the enemy before, because I hadn’t seen the fullness of his ugly strategy. But God sent me that revelation for a reason. We’re in a war, beloveds. And the same way earthly armies have their intelligence networks that bring them secret information, GOD has His own intelligence system to bring US key information when we need it, too.
And God’s intelligence network is called the Holy Spirit.
And so as soon as the Holy Spirit gave me this revelation that exposed the enemy’s strategy, I knew how to fight it.
How do you fight any enemy strategy?
You come in the opposite spirit. This secret of winning at warfare applies to you and me in any situation. For example:
- If the enemy attacks with heaviness, you fight back by putting on your garment of praise and just praising God until God becomes so much bigger in your eyesight than the enemy’s attack … and the heaviness will leave (Isaiah 61:1-3).
- If the enemy is tempting you with lust, you fight back by focusing on Jesus and His Word like crazy, because Jesus is Purity Incarnate and His words are pure words. And the purity and power of Jesus and His Word will help you become so obsessed with Jesus that your focus on Jesus leaves no room for lust.
- If the enemy attacks you with anxiety, you fight back by going to God in prayer and praying about every. single. littlest. thing. that’s bothering you. I mean praying about the minutest details. And as you do, God’s peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
And in my situation, I saw what I needed to do in order to defeat the enemy attack with the opposite spirit. I saw it in one instant, and it instantly relieved so much agony from my spirit.
The Holy Spirit did that with one flash of divine, spiritual-warfare intelligence about what the enemy was trying to do.
So what’s going on in your life? Do you need a flash of divine intelligence too? Ask God to expose the strategy of the enemy.
If you’re walking through any kind of battle:
- Ask the Lord to show you what the enemy camp is doing.
- Ask Him to expose the enemy’s wicked tricks and schemes.
- Ask God to show you what the REAL battle is for behind the scenes–the battle BEHIND the diversions called “hurts” and “emotions” and “right now” and “appearances.” What’s the grand prize the enemy is really after?
- And most importantly, ask Him to show you exactly how to come in the opposite spirit and defeat that thing.
Will you ask the Lord to expose the strategy of the enemy today?