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During A Spiritual Attack Avoid Distractions

boxerpunchedinfaceHave you heard the boxing expression, “The punch that you don’t see is the one that knocks you out?”

You can’t afford to be distracted by anything when under a spiritual attack. The most important reason is you need to be all ears to the directives of the Holy Spirit. One thing is to avoid paying too much attention to one specific thing, and another is purposely not wanting to take your eyes away from the one who’s trying to take you out. The moment the enemy declares war against you, the Holy Spirit will engage him right away. You are not alone when fighting a spiritual battle. Jesus said,

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever” -John 14:16

“…Because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” -Hebrews 13:5

I know it feels like you are all alone when you are at the center of a spiritual attack. But the truth is you are not. Would you leave your child alone in a cave of wolves? I don’t think so. Here is a very important tip you need to know when under siege.

The Lord is going to send you help. It may come in different forms. Hence, you need to keep your spiritual eyes and ears wide open to receive it when He sends it.

Let me give you an example. The story of Elisha and his servant recorded in 2 Kings, chapter 6. It goes like this.

Israel and the Aramean army are at war. The Prophet Elisha is receiving detailed information about the military moves of the king of Arameans, and he is relating it to the king of Israel. Obviously, the Aramean king is enraged and wants to know the location of Elisha. Word comes back to the king that the Prophet is in the city of Dotham. He then proceeds to send a strong force of men to capture him.

When the servant of the Prophet gets up the next morning, he goes outside and sees the city surrounded by a numerous army of chariots and soldiers.

 “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”-2Kings 6:15-16

Remember what I said in the previous paragraphs; never be afraid of the enemy. Now, you need to keep your focus on the battle. Avoid unnecessary distractions. Help will always come, keep looking for it. This is how you will encourage yourself during the spiritual attack.

Notice the servant is so afraid he’s is not realizing God had already engaged the enemy and had it surrounded. So Elisha has to pray for him.

 “And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” -2Kings 6:17

Fear will always paralyze your faith. It is a distraction.

I hope you find refuge in this story. The enemy will try to get your focus away from the situation so he can take the upper hand. Do not allow this to happen to you during your spiritual attack. Always be conscious of the reality that you are not alone. Help is already on the way. Remain alert and discern where your help is coming from.

Be of good cheer, the Holy Spirit in the inside of you engages the enemy as soon as he launches his attack against you.

Carlos H. Lopez
Your Apostolic Coach.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Mentoring Winners

 

Lessons on Spiritual Warfare

KAIROS_1000x562_INVISIBLEWAR copyI am of the opinion that many believers either ignore or don’t have a good understanding on the topic of spiritual warfare. ScrIpture says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” -Hosea 4:6

In today’s world, we can’t afford to ignore the plain fact that we are under siege. We are having a battle on all fronts of our lives; our families, our belief system, our marriages, our faith is being challenged every day when it comes to our spiritual well-being. We need to be properly trained on how to use our spiritual skills. We need to know how to protect our minds and hearts to overcome all the schemes of the enemy. Paul said in Ephesians chapter 6 that it was going to be like having a hand to hand combat with the enemy.

What You Need to Know

  1. Read the New Testament and become very familiar with the trials, persecution and spiritual battle confronted by the men and women given a godly assignment.
  2. The enemy is not creative. He can only repeat what he has been doing for more than 3,000 years. Therefore if you go over his schemes in the past, you will know where he is coming from.
  3. He doesn’t know the future for he is not God. He can only go by what he sees happening in the spiritual Therefore he does a lot of guessing about how things will happen. He ignores the fact that Jesus said, “I will be with you daily till the end of times…” If He is with us, then who shall be against us? We are already WINNERS! The Lord will outsmart him every time!
  4. Study very closely the life of the apostle Paul. He is perhaps outside of our Lord the most anointed individual given personal insight about how we should conduct ourselves during times of “spiritual warfare.”
  5. Know this fact. He will hide behind something natural to cause spiritual havoc. Remember, first the natural then the spiritual. “However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.” -1 Corinthians 15:26

Let me give you an example. 2 weeks ago I had to be taken to the E.R. prior to a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico to carry out a spiritual assignment. I had been feeling sick, and my doctor did not know the cause. He prescribed a pill for the pain in my stomach. Unfortunately, I took one too soon and ended up in the Emergency Room. After the fact, I realized this had been the problem. He looks for points of entry. Watch your step when undergoing a spiritual warfare battle.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” -Ephesians 6:10-11.

Carlos H. Lopez

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Mentoring Winners