Fighting Against the Enemy

Fighting against the enemy of our souls is a constant battle. The Apostle Peter describes the devil this way:

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are (1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT).

The Apostle Paul gives us instruction about fighting the enemy:

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere (Ephesians 6:10-18 NLT).

David gave us a powerful prayer that we can use for fighting against the enemy in Psalm 35. The key is not to read it, but instead, pray it!

Fighting Against the Enemy using Psalm 35

1 O Lord, oppose those who oppose me.
    Fight those who fight against me.

2 Put on your armor, and take up your shield.
    Prepare for battle, and come to my aid.

3 Lift up your spear and javelin
    against those who pursue me.
    Let me hear you say,
    “I will give you victory!”

4 Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me;
    turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me.

5 Blow them away like chaff in the wind—
    a wind sent by the angel of the Lord.

6 Make their path dark and slippery,
    with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

7 I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me.
    I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me.

8 So let sudden ruin come upon them!
    Let them be caught in the trap they set for me!
    Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me.

9 Then I will rejoice in the Lord.
    I will be glad because he rescues me.

10 With every bone in my body I will praise him:

     “Lord, who can compare with you?
     Who else rescues the helpless from the strong?
     Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”

11 Malicious witnesses testify against me.
       They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.

12 They repay me evil for good.
       I am sick with despair.

13 Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them.
       I denied myself by fasting for them,
      but my prayers returned unanswered.

14 I was sad, as though they were my friends or family,
       as if I were grieving for my own mother.

15 But they are glad now that I am in trouble;
       they gleefully join together against me.
       I am attacked by people I don’t even know;
       they slander me constantly.

16 They mock me and call me names;
       they snarl at me.

17 How long, O Lord, will you look on and do nothing?
       Rescue me from their fierce attacks.
       Protect my life from these lions!

18 Then I will thank you in front of the great assembly.
       I will praise you before all the people.

19 Don’t let my treacherous enemies rejoice over my defeat.
       Don’t let those who hate me without cause gloat over my sorrow.

20 They don’t talk of peace;
       they plot against innocent people who mind their own business.

21 They shout, “Aha! Aha!
       With our own eyes we saw him do it!”

22 O Lord, you know all about this.
       Do not stay silent.
       Do not abandon me now, O Lord.

23 Wake up! Rise to my defense!
       Take up my case, my God and my Lord.

24 Declare me not guilty, O Lord my God, for you give justice.
       Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles.

25 Don’t let them say, “Look, we got what we wanted!
       Now we will eat him alive!”

26 May those who rejoice at my troubles
       be humiliated and disgraced.
       May those who triumph over me
       be covered with shame and dishonor.

27 But give great joy to those who came to my defense.
       Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord,
       who delights in blessing his servant with peace!”

28 Then I will proclaim your justice,
       and I will praise you all day long.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Lord please fight against our enemies every day of our lives.

AMEN


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