Spiritual Warfare: 7 Bible Declarations to Overcome in the Trial

When trials arise and we are experiencing spiritual warfare, what God has said in His Word can be a constant reassurance to us. Regardless of what is taking place, we can have security in our Father’s faithfulness. We know God our identity is in Christ.

Not only that, God’s Word is a powerful weapon of warfare!

In Luke 4, we read that when Jesus was tested by the devil in the wilderness, He countered the enemy’s words of temptation with Scripture, declaring ‘It is written!’ (Luke 4:4)

Here are some Scripture verses that have encouraged me during times of spiritual battle, along with corresponding declarations. I pray boldness and faith is released in you today:


1. God is Moving on My Behalf

‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’ (Deut 33:27 NIV)

Confession:
‘The eternal God is my refuge, and His everlasting arms are underneath me. He is driving out my enemies before me, saying, ‘Destroy them!’

2. Strongholds are Coming Down

‘For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’ (2 Cor 10:3-5 NIV)

Confession:
‘The weapons I fight with are not the weapons of the world. My weapons (in Christ) have divine power to demolish strongholds. In Jesus Name, I demolish arguments! I demolish every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. I take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ!’

3. Fear Must go!

‘For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.’ (2 Tim 1:7 NIV)
‘And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them…There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.’ (1 John 4:16, 18 NIV)

Confession:
‘The Spirit God gave me does not make me fearful. The Holy Spirit gives me power, love and self-discipline. He gives me a sound mind! [1] God is love. He lives in me, in all His fullness of love, and I live in him! God’s perfect love is driving out all fear. Fear must go now in Jesus’ Name!’

4. God is My Rescuer

‘He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.’ (Psalm 18:17-19 NIV)

Confession:
‘God is rescuing me from my enemy. What is too strong for me, is not too strong for my God. My God is greater! The Lord is my support. He is bringing me out into a spacious place; he rescues me because he delights in me.’

5. The Enemy is Fleeing

‘The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.’ (Deut 28:7 NIV)
‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ (James 4:7 NIV)
Confession:
‘I am submitting to God and the enemy must flee. [2] That enemy has come at me in one direction, but in Jesus’ Name he is fleeing from me seven ways! Demonic forces are leaving me; they are weakened and divided, in Jesus’ Name.’

6. The Enemy is Defeated

‘I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.’ (Psalm 18:37-38 NIV)
Jesus said to His disciples: ‘I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.’ (Luke 10:19 NIV, also Psalm 91:13)

Confession:
‘I am pursuing my enemy [name it] and it is on the run. I will not turn back until that enemy is destroyed, in Jesus’ Name. I see my enemy crushed! It cannot rise, it is under my feet. Jesus has given me authority in his Name to overcome all the power of the enemy. It cannot harm me. Nothing shall harm me!’

7. I am More than a Conqueror in Christ

‘No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8:37-39 NIV)

Confession:
‘In all these things [no matter what is going on] I am more than a conqueror through him who loves me. I am convinced, and I declare, that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, can separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord. I am more than a conqueror through Christ!’


Notes
[1] Translated in the NKJV: ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ (2 Tim 1:7, NKJV)
[2] For some Biblical ways to submit to God, see point two of the article, ‘The Way You See Spiritual Warfare Matters’


Spiritual Warfare Online Course:

This week, I have added these Bible verses and confessions as a downloadable PDF on my online course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’

This course includes around 30 mini lectures on video, and is full of Biblical wisdom and faith-filled strategies to help you overcome in time of battle. I give you clear guidelines and step by step points on how to recognize and combat spiritual attack. There is also a downloadable full transcript in PDF version.

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

Find out more about the course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ here.


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How to Overcome the Battle in Your Mind


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

How to Overcome the Battle in Your Mind

Do your thoughts, mindset, perspective and beliefs come under siege at times, or do you struggle with emotions such as anxiety or stress? This week I am sharing some important keys to overcoming the battle in your mind, along with a prayer to help you break free.

It has often been said that the mind is the primary battlefield when it comes to spiritual warfare. The Apostle Paul teaches about this, saying:

‘For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’ (2 Cor 10:3-5, NIV)


1. Know the Importance of Your Thought Life

Your mind is like valuable real estate and the enemy is constantly haggling to gain a slice of that ground.

Why is your mind so valuable? The truth is, whatever is taking place in your thought life, even subconsciously, is controlling your whole life. By extension, it is influencing the lives of others that you are connected to.

The enemy wants that ground because he knows the ramifications of your thought life.

Satan knows that if you wake up to who you are and Whose you are, you will be unstoppable!


2. Identify the Source of Your Thoughts

‘…letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.’ (Rom 8:6, NLT)

What we are thinking, what is playing in our head, reveals the source; the voice we are listening to.

If our thought life is not in alignment with God’s Word, and with the Holy Spirit, something is wrong. We need to ask, ‘what am I thinking, and what is the source of what I am thinking?’

We either have the mind of Christ, or we are being influenced by another source—the kingdom of darkness.

We see this contrast clearly in Matthew 16, where in one moment, Jesus commends Peter for having a revelation direct from the Father. And in the next paragraph, He is rebuking Satan for operating through Peter’s mind and words, adding, “You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (see Matt 16:16-23)

There is no such thing as neutral ground when it comes to your thought life. Your every thought, belief and attitude is either in agreement with God’s Word—or it is under contention.


3. Realize Dominant Emotions are a Clue

If you are experiencing overwhelming emotions—such as anxiety—a key to breakthrough is to recognize that underlying those feelings may be a belief about what is true.

The Holy Spirit wants to reveal what God declares to be true in Scripture, and the perspective of what your Father is seeing. ‘For the kingdom of God is…righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’. (Rom 14:17)


4. Choose to Agree with the Spirit and God’s Word

‘The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 2:15)

Once you have identified any message, any ‘tape’ that is playing in your mind that is not in alignment with the Holy Spirit, God’s Word, and His promises, you are armed for battle. You can combat those messages and lies of the enemy. You can reject them—refuse to give the enemy that ground.

You can also choose to receive and believe what God says concerning you, and the situation you are thinking about.


A Prayer to Help Overcome the Battle in the Mind

Jesus paid the price of His own blood to purchase you, body, soul and spirit, so that He could redeem you to the Father. (1 Thess 5:23)

Your thought life, your mind is valuable to God.

It can be helpful, as you identify particular lies and ungodly messages, to renounce them. I encourage you to be intentional about replacing ungodly thinking and negative messages with the truth of God’s Word. Read again the opening Scripture (2 Cor 10:3-5) and pray the following:

‘Father, I recognize that there have been ways of thinking, and thoughts that have been playing in my mind that are not from you…Thoughts that have been sourced in human interests, and in the kingdom of darkness.
I repent of these thoughts (take time to identify and name them)
I reject and renounce them, in Jesus Name. I tear down every stronghold in my life and cancel every strategy and assignment of the enemy related to those messages and thoughts, in Jesus’ Name.
My Lord and my God, I choose to believe what You have said, and in particular, what You say about me. I choose to align my thinking with Your Spirit, Your Word and Your promises to me.
I receive Your peace as a guard over my heart and mind right now, in Jesus’ Name.’


Spiritual Warfare Online Course

Would you like more tools to overcome spiritual pressure and the battle in your mind?

The above article is an excerpt from my online course, ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’.

To enroll or find out more, visit the course page here: ‘Spiritual Warfare 101: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’.


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family