3 Signs Spiritual Warfare is a Distraction

There is a certain type of spiritual warfare that is aimed at taking you off course and distracting you from what God has called you to do. The greatest temptation in those times is to divert valuable time and resources to deal with it.

This is one reason why discernment, oversight and wisdom are so important when it comes to spiritual warfare.

This is what happened to Nehemiah. God gave Nehemiah a responsibility—to govern Jerusalem and lead the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls.

Throughout the book of Nehemiah, the Jews’ enemies used a number of strategies to stop them completing the project.


Here are 3 signs that spiritual warfare is a distraction, from Nehemiah’s story:

1. The Enemy is using Discouragement and Intimidation

The Jews’ enemy, Sanballat, is angry about Nehemiah’s plans to rebuild the wall. And his first response is ridicule. He mocks the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, says, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?” (Neh 4:1b-2)

The aim of these insults and questions seems to be twofold:

  • Gaining support for their negative opinions
  • Getting Nehemiah and the Jews to doubt their capability of whether they can do what God has called them to do

This is a reminder that one of the enemy’s chief strategies is intimidation and discouragement.

Now look at Nehemiah’s response:

  • He doesn’t let it aggravate him
  • He refuses to let it affect his progress
  • His first response is to take it to prayer

2. The Enemy Issues Threats

When the walls are halfway to completion, the enemies of Judah are becoming agitated. Now they issue a direct threat. They are plotting a physical attack. Notice that Nehemiah doesn’t minimize the threats—he takes them seriously—but he doesn’t stop the work, either.

Nehemiah keeps in mind that the enemy’s real purpose is to get the people to stop the work of completing the walls

So now, Nehemiah puts a strategy in place. He continues the building, but he also sets up a guard as well.


3. There is Blatant Distraction

Nehemiah’s enemies try another tactic, after the above two have failed. They send an invitation to Nehemiah to meet with them, to discuss various ‘issues’. And Nehemiah responds:

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (Neh 6:3)

All of these threats escalate, but by the end of chapter 6, Nehemiah and his people have persevered and the wall is built.

Here’s the bottom line: In spite of the many distractions and threats, that wall was built without Nehemiah once having to directly engage in battle!

To sum up, there are going to be times when the enemy is threatening and his aim is to get you to draw aside and engage in spiritual warfare.

In this case, a threat is not directly in front of you, it is off to one side—and its chief aim is to distract and hinder you from finishing what God has called you to do. You have a choice as to whether or not to engage.

Be like Nehemiah, who determined to keep on going and did not allow his enemies to sway him from his purpose.


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I have just launched first new online course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ and I warmly invite you to join me!

This course includes around 30 mini lectures on video, and is full of Biblical wisdom and strategies to help you overcome in time of battle. There is also a downloadable full transcript in PDF version.

And once you’re in, there is no expiry date, so you can continue to journey with me through upgrades and increased course content in the future.

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The Bible has great news. You do not have to be weighed down by spiritual oppression or put up with pressure and attack! Find out more about the course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ here.


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Spiritual Warfare: 7 Reasons to Learn More About It

This week I have launched first new online course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ and I warmly invite you to join me!

This course includes around 30 mini lectures on video, and is full of Biblical wisdom and strategies to help you overcome in time of battle. There is also a downloadable full transcript in PDF version.

And once you’re in, there is no expiry date, so you can continue to journey with me through upgrades and increased course content in the future.

  • To thank you for joining me at our launch, I have a 25% discount between now and the end of March only. The startup price is $29 USD and the full price will be $39 USD.
  • Plus, I will add two bonus eBooks into the course content. ‘Unlocking the Gift of Discernment’ (2nd Edition) will only be available inside the course until 31 March.

The Bible has great news. You do not have to be weighed down by spiritual oppression or put up with pressure and attack! Find out more about the course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ here.


Why would you learn about spiritual warfare? Here are 7 reasons why learning about spiritual warfare and how God has given you the power to overcome, is a great thing to do:

1. You Grow in Biblical Wisdom

Spiritual warfare is a major theme of the Bible—from the third chapter of Genesis when the serpent enters the garden, to the twentieth chapter of Revelation when the devil is once and for all thrown into the lake of fire.

And the Bible tells us: ‘The reason [Jesus] the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.’ (1 John 3:8b)
So if this topic plays such a significant part in Scripture, then it should be something we pay attention to.


2. You Get a Balanced Perspective

There are two errors Christians can fall into when it comes to spiritual warfare – one is, to make too much of it, and at the other extreme, is to ignore it altogether. And the remedy for both of these is to find out what the Bible says about the topic.

Jesus addresses this in Luke 10, when He sends 70 disciples out on a ministry trip. And right there in that story, we have:

  • The reality-check, that when we follow Jesus and do His work, we will engage the enemy
  • Assurance of our authority to deal with warfare when it comes up
  • A reminder of our protection
  • And a call to balance

As Jesus said to His rejoicing disciples, “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)


3. It Leads You to Worship Jesus

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Col 2:15)
Our first point of reference in spiritual warfare is in the past. It’s back to the cross where the victory was won by Jesus once and for all! And when you meditate on what He’s done through His suffering, and think about Jesus’ greatness and His supremacy, you can’t help but be amazed and worship Him.


4. You Find out More About Who You are

‘You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.’ (1 John 4:4)
You are an overcomer in Christ. That’s your DNA—it’s your heritage, your legacy. It is the nature of the Holy Spirit within you. He is a Spirit of boldness and conquest. And a great way to discover your spiritual authority is in the context of learning about spiritual warfare.


5. It Breaks the Power of Intimidation

The Bible says, ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’ (2 Tim 1:7). Fear has to do with deception—which is always broken by the truth of God’s Word.


6. You are Prepared for Spiritual Attack

‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.'(1 Peter 5:8)
The Bible tells us to be alert and to resist the devil—and we can only do that when we’re properly equipped and prepared, and have the faith that arises from knowing God and His Word.


7. You can Pursue God’s Plan for Your life

Our goal in spiritual warfare is not to draw attention to what the devil is doing. Our goal is to focus on our Heavenly Father and pay attention to what He is doing—and to not put up with less than His best. To not allow pressures, obstacles, hindrances or battles to stand in our way, but to honour Jesus and His purpose for our lives.


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How to Receive Strategies and Blueprints from the Holy Spirit

In 2001, the mission agency my husband and I was involved with was in transition and we found ourselves in a financial crisis. I wrote in my diary, ‘we’re in one of the most difficult seasons ever.’

One night when my husband was out at a meeting and my children were asleep in bed, I got down on my knees. I was crying out to God about what was happening in our missions ministry. Suddenly, while on my knees praying, I saw in my mind’s eye some diagrams. They clearly explained the changes affecting our organisation.

I got up off my knees, found some paper, drew the pictures that I’d seen and sat up late writing notes from them.

Those diagrams described a paradigm shift taking place in the way local churches approached missions, and they helped turn our ministry around. Wherever my husband Malcolm and I went, and we showed the diagrams to pastors and leaders, their response was electrified. ‘That’s it! That’s what’s on our hearts!’

That insight—described in pictures and given by the Holy Spirit—contributed to the turn-around of our New Zealand ministry, and was instrumental in moving us here to Australia—into God’s new season for our lives! [1]


Supernatural Strategies and Blueprints

We often pray and ask God for guidance; for direction. For where to go. But there are times when He wants to add to that. He has made available strategies and blueprints that describe not only our destination, but also how to get where we’re going. We simply need to ask.

One definition of a blueprint is, ‘a guide for making something — a design or pattern that can be followed.’ [2]

Our Father is saying, ‘Will you believe and ask Me to give you supernatural strategies, and blueprints—patterns and designs? Will you seek Me for wisdom? I long to give you so much more than you’ve received up until now.’


The Power of an Anointed Strategy

In Genesis 41, Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s prophetic dream—that seven years of plenty in the land are going to be followed by seven years of famine.

Joseph doesn’t stop with the interpretation—he boldly follows it with an anointed strategy for how Pharaoh can manage the situation and save the nation.

And Pharaoh asks, ‘Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the Spirit of God?’ (Gen 41:38). He then puts Joseph in charge of the project!

One anointed strategy from God is powerful; it can even save nations.


God’s Wisdom may not Make Earthly Sense

In 2 Kings 4, a widow cries out to the Prophet Elisha because she is in debt. He doesn’t give her money—he gives her an anointed strategy from the Holy Spirit that uses a resource she already has on hand. ‘Go get as many empty jars as you can, pour your oil and keep on pouring—sell the oil.’

Here’s the thing about strategies from Heaven. Sometimes God’s wisdom may not make earthly sense. And maybe no one has articulated it this way before—but God is giving you a strategy that’s a ‘now’ blueprint for the new thing He’s doing.

  • It’s supernatural wisdom
  • It’s a Heavenly solution to your earthly problem

Now is the time to believe God and be open to receive a strategy that will bring glory to God because Jesus is the only explanation for what people see taking place.

How do you receive a strategy from God? Simply believe, ask, listen, and record.

The strategy may come in a dream, in a prophetic word, in a picture, or in a moment of practical but God-breathed wisdom insight—so be open to the many ways God can speak to you.

Right now the Holy Spirit is stirring us, and He’s saying, ‘Will you believe and ask Me not only for direction, but also the strategy, the ‘how’ of getting there?’

Be encouraged by these words of James:

‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.'(James 1:5)


Notes:
[1] My husband Malcolm was National Director of a mission organisation called Asian Outreach from 1995 – 2002 in New Zealand and 2002 – 2004 in Australia. We also served for seven years prior to that, in a voluntary capacity.
[2] Source: https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/blueprint


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3 Powerful Outcomes of Throne Conscious Prayer and Worship

In the book of Revelation, God opens a window for us into the throne room and we catch a glimpse of what is taking place there. There, we see two significant activities—praise and worship, and prayer—both of which we can be involved with right now. What a privilege!

The reality is, however, we can live our whole lives; we can pray, worship, go to church, do everything without ever being conscious of the throne room. But if we never turn our focus towards God’s throne, and towards Heaven—are we missing out on something?


3 Powerful Outcomes of Throne-Aware Prayer and Worship

‘Since, you’ve been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.’ (Col 3:1-3 )

God commands us in Scripture, to fix our attention on Heavenly things—and to live focused on Heaven’s priorities.



Here are just three of the benefits of being conscious of Heaven and the throne room in our worship and prayer:

1. You Encounter God in His Glory

‘I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.’ (Is 6:1)

When you are aware of God’s throne, you have the opportunity to perceive God as He really is. You encounter His glory.

Worship—as in flat on our face reverence and awe—can only be our natural response to this kind of encounter with God.

What is completely astounding is that we get to call this glorious, eternal, Sovereign, ruling God ‘Father’.

He’s the King of the universe and He is also our Abba, our Daddy. What does that say about who we are?


2. You Gain a Full Appreciation of What Jesus has Done

‘He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.’ (1 Sam 2:8)

Our presence in the throne room, where we get to call God Father, tells us more than anything else, the power of the salvation we have in Jesus Christ.

Right here is the key to freedom from shame.

‘Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.’ (Rom 6:11)

The Bible tells us Jesus has taken away our shame and seated us with Him, upon His throne of honour. What good news! You don’t have to keep on dying over and over to sin. You are already crucified, buried, raised and ascended with Christ.

It’s time to honour and place the highest value on what Jesus has done—He paid the price of His life, and you honour Him by simply believing.

The cycle of shame has been broken.

The Bible doesn’t say your position is one of grovelling or begging before God’s throne, but of striding in boldly as a son or daughter.

Hebrews 4:16 says, ‘Let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ Because of what Jesus’ shed blood on the cross, there is nothing that can hold you back.


3. An Increased Awareness of Your Spiritual Authority

You have freedom of access to the throne room. But there is more! According to Scripture, you are seated with Jesus on His throne, upon His seat of authority. There, you can hear the whispers of what is on His heart, and pray in His Name. 

Jesus taught us to pray ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’. (Matt 6: 9-10)

Jesus is saying, ‘Always begin your prayer with an awareness of your Father’s location. And with your Father’s Kingship in view, you can pray for the outcome He has already initiated.’

The throne room is the position from which you access Heaven’s resources.

Psalm 103 says, ‘The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word’ (Ps 103:19-20)

All of Heaven’s resources are released by God’s decree, from His throne. And by praying in awareness of that, you can discern your Father’s will, partner in intimacy with God, and access the resources of Heaven!

Today I pray that as you turn your attention towards the throne of God, you’ll encounter Him like you never have before, live free from shame, and step into the fullness of the authority that is yours in Christ.


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One Thing You Can Do Before Your Prophecy is Fulfilled

(What to do when you're going down a waterfall)

One year ago, I was faced with a challenging opportunity. I asked one of my prayer partners, ‘Could you pray over the next few days and see if you get any prophetic insights for me personally?’

She replied with some prophetic encouragement and added a photo, saying, ‘I felt to send you this photo that I took yesterday.’

It was of Maruia Falls; a waterfall in southern New Zealand.

Having lived in and travelled throughout New Zealand, I was surprised that I had never heard of this place before—and so I Googled it. At the top of the search results was a YouTube clip of a canoeist going vertically down the 10-metre-high waterfall.

I was amazed as I watched the canoeist aimed his canoe directly at the drop. The canoe went over the waterfall and disappeared into the foam. Moments later, he popped up in the river just past the base of the waterfall—unscathed and still afloat, perfectly positioned to continue his journey downriver.

When I saw that, I cried ‘YES! Father, that is exactly how I feel right now about what I am facing and what You are doing in my life!’

One hour later, I was working at my computer, when looked up and noticed my wall calendar was still set to the previous month, January. So I took it down and turned the page to February. It was a photo of a canoeist going vertically down a waterfall.

Surprisingly, the opportunity I was praying about at that time did not eventuate. But one year to the date of that calendar picture—on the first of this month—my husband and I found ourselves in an unforeseen situation.

Both of us were cut off from secure income at the same time. Mine was due to launching a brand new ministry—and my husband’s situation was due to a work contract unexpectedly being cut short.

I remembered the canoeist and the waterfall.


What to do before your prophecy is fulfilled and prayer answered

Have you ever been in a place where following the will of God has led you past a point of no return? You cannot turn back, and you find yourself in a situation where you need a miracle.

As you lead a life of faith, you will come to ‘the drop.’ It’s the place where there is a GAP between your own resources, your own ability, and what lies ahead.

It’s a waterfall moment.

Like the canoeist, you are committed, and cannot turn back.

Think of Moses and the Israelites, pursued by the Egyptians, with an impassable Red Sea in front of them. Imagine David, standing in front of Goliath, slingshot in hand. Paul and Silas, facing imprisonment in Philippi—the very place God had called them to. [1]

As it has often been said, faith could be spelled R-I-S-K.


You will never have this opportunity again

In the midst of the trial, before the prophecy is fulfilled and your prayers for deliverance are answered—on your way down the waterfall—you have a unique opportunity.

  • You can praise God before the miracle is manifested
  • You can worship in the midst of the mystery.

And you can proclaim—my God, you are my Deliverer! You are my Healer, my Provider. You are Faithful and True!

There is another day, another side

We knew there was a brief window of time before our own miracle came into view. It was an opportunity that we could have no other time—to praise God with no answer in sight!

And now, we are just beginning to see our miracle unfold.

From our waterfall to yours…

P.S. Never think that your prophetic insight is too simple to share, or hold back because you don’t fully understand what you are seeing or sensing. Offer it humbly, but willingly—it could be the very message God will use as He brings a miracle to pass.


Notes:
[1] Scripture references: Exodus 14, 1 Sam 17, Acts 16


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