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Faith Strategies

Prepare for Battle
Deuteronomy 20:1-4, The Message Bible
When you go to war against your enemy and see horses and chariots and soldiers far outnumbering you, do not recoil in fear of them; God, your God, who brought you up out of Egypt is with you. When the battle is about to begin, let the priest come forward and speak to the troops. He’ll say, “Attention, Israel. In a few minutes you’re going to do battle with your enemies. Don’t waver in resolve. Don’t fear. Don’t hesitate. Don’t panic. God, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win.

Find Peace in the War
God’s strategies for war are based on His wisdom, and they are designed for you to apply them in your life. Remember that faith strategies are only revealed to those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (The Amplified Bible) says, “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

Another strategy Christians can use for war is the peace of God. When you think peace, images of serenity and calm come to mind. Most people would not link peace with war, but that is exactly what the Father wants you to do. Remember His ways are not the world’s ways, so in the midst of a battle (spiritual, physical or emotional), you should be at peace. You experiencing the peace of God confirms that you have put your complete trust in Him. Peace in war is possible because Jesus said so. In John 16:33 (The Amplified Bible) Jesus said that, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] John 16:33 (The Amplified Bible).

Previously, we talked about practical war strategies which were based on our character and relationships. We also discussed spiritual strategies that included: consistently studying the Word, walking in faith, making godly confessions daily, as well as being mindful of who/what you listen to and watch. So, the peace of God could be considered a spiritual strategy because it can only be experienced through total trust in Him. He will instruct you on what to do or say. His words are true and will lead you to a place of harmony that is beyond human explanation.

Be Calm in the Battle
You can experience what I like to call “Jesus Peace”. The peace of God is the ultimate blockage strategy. You have to meditate on the Word of God not the problem. The problem is merely a distraction to get your focus off of the Lord. But when you study His Word, you will always have the correct response and reaction for the devil.

97Oh, how love I Your law! It is my meditation all the day. 98You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies, for [Your words] are ever before me. 99I have better understanding and deeper insight than all my teachers, because Your testimonies are my meditation. 100I understand more than the aged, because I keep Your precepts [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]. (Psalm 119:97-100, The Amplified Bible).

Below is a comprehensive list of more spiritual war strategies that you can apply to your life. Remember that the enemy is coming and when he does, you won’t have time to do anything but act (or speak). Your objective is to respond based off of the Word of God and nothing else. Remember Deuteronomy 20:1-4. You can completely trust the Lord, experience His peace and win the battle. It’s all according to your faith.

Secret Entail Strategy
This is a secret word from God. When you make time to sit down to pray and hear His Word, He will speak to you (Mark 1:35).

Strategy Development
You will worry less if you get insight on what you are going through. When you are facing a challenge, don’t make up your mind first then ask God about it. Seek godly spiritual counsel.

Capture & Arrest
Never accept thoughts outside of the will of God. Reject thoughts of sickness, death, defeat, and debt. Instead, only let what God has said about the situation fill your mind and heart. Remember that we tend to speak what we have filled our minds with (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Verify the Message
In the midst of a war (spiritual, physical or emotional), you need to check every message you hear with the Word of God. If that message does not line up, replace it with a scripture on that particular situation.

Do Not Harbor
Don’t allow negative emotions to say too long in your life. God’s will is not for you to live in grief or other ill feelings.

Control Communication
Be mindful of everything you say and listen too. Words are seeds. Whatever you (and the people around you say) will eventually grow into a harvest.

Enlist New Recruits
Make it a habit of reaching people for Christ. People who are unsaved are fighting a losing battle because they may not even know they have an enemy nor how to fight him (Matthew 5:16).

Secure Communications
Be sure to establish a prayer life. Prayer is open conversation with the Lord. Both of you talk and listen to one another. When you pray, the Lord will reveal secrets to you.

Remember the Chain of Command
Life can get busy with family, work, and relationships. Know that God has a divine order for everything, and your life should line up with it.
1. God
2. Mate
3. Children
4. Work
5. Family
6. Friends
7. Recreation

Release Prisoners of War
Forgive your enemies. Un-forgiveness binds you and them. Free yourself, and let them go.

Remain Focused on the Assignment
Don’t get entangled in other people’s drama; it’s a distraction.

Know Your Purpose
Stay committed to fulfilling your purpose because the Lord is going to judge how well you completed it.

Obtain the General Mission
People are waiting on your obedience. When you obey the Lord, it blesses other people around you (Jeremiah 1:5).

Remain with the Platoon
Don’t let any offense pull you out of church. Sometimes, you may have to be on the front line of war. Don’t be afraid because you have been selected. Remember Deuteronomy 20:1-4. Don’t ever forget who your God is, remember what He said He would do, and know that His Word never changes.

Dr. Joyce Oliver

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