Spiritual battle implies a strong opposition against spiritual progress. Spiritual battle implies vicious ambushes by the enemy. Spiritual battle implies fiery darts flying at times in every direction. Have you every felt, like life can’t get worse than it is right now? Have you ever felt like you have been hit by multiple fiery darts from the Wicked One? Fiery darts ignite doubts that God is not good or that God does not care. Fiery darts ignite discouragement, despair, fear , grief, horror, anger, and even bitterness. Sometimes the believer can feel like they are being overwhelmed by an onslaught of storms that are simply too much.
Psalm 55:5 (KJV)
5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
Psalm 124:4 (KJV)
4 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:
Psalm 142:3 (KJV)
3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
These verses reveal the fact that at times, we get overwhelmed. The psalmist did not say if you get overwhelmed, but “when my spirit was overwhelmed”.
Isaiah 59:19 (KJV)
19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
Notice here in Isaiah 59, that the fear of the Lord is vital to God’s protection when the enemy comes in like flood. It is wise during spiritual battle to be aware daily of the names of the Lord. This is critical to having the proper confidence in the Lord in times of battle, to having the proper focus on the Lord in times of battle, and having the proper dependence upon the Lord in battle. If you will pick up the tool of fearing God’s name, and claiming God’s Promise, it is a tool that will lift your spirit in the intense times of battle.
There is a wonderful promise, that God is alert to the actions and intentions of the enemy. God is aware of when the enemy comes in like a flood. God is not only alert, but he is active. Notice the promise – “the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” This is a promise. The Spirit of God demonstrates power to put the enemy in retreat mode. John Butler wrote in his commentary, “God has a reputation for doing His work when the enemy is putting forth its very best and utmost.”
Today, are you overwhelmed? Pick up the tool from Isaiah 59:19. Be aware of the names of God today, and fear his name and claim His promise. God is alert, active and armed to put the enemy in your life in retreat mode. Thank God that He is greater than our enemies!
Note: The quote by Butler is taken from the Analytical Bible Expositor – Isaiah to Ezekiel.