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 HOW to STAND UP and FIGHT! by David Wilkerson


With all the talk going on in the church about spiritual warfare,
Christians still have not learned how to stand up to the enemy.
We are pushovers for the devil!

I don’t believe every misfortune that befalls a Christian comes from
the devil. We wrongly blame him for a lot of our own carelessness,
disobedience and laziness.

It’s easy to blame the devil for our foolishness. That way, we don’t
have to deal with it. But there is a real devil present in the world
today—and he is busy at work!

Let me tell you something of Satan’s strategy. If he cannot pull the
Almighty out of his throne, he will try to tear God’s image out of
you! He wants to turn worshippers into murmurers and blasphemers.

Satan cannot attack you at will. God has put a wall of fire around
each of his children, and Satan cannot go beyond that wall without
God’s permission.

Satan cannot read a Christian’s mind. Some people are afraid to pray
because they think the devil eavesdrops on them! Others think the
devil can read their every thought. Not so! Only God is omnipresent
and omniscient.

Scripture commands us to stand up, be strong and do battle against
the flesh and the devil: “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you
like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13). “Brethren, be strong in
the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10).

You have to become fed up with being held down by the devil—
living low, depressed, joyless, empty, harassed!

The book of Judges tells us, “And the children of Israel did evil in
the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of
Midian seven years. And the hand of Midian prevailed against
Israel” (Judges 6:1–2).

The Israelites were at their lowest point ever. They were driven to
living in dark caves and damp dens, starving, scared and helpless.
Then something happened. It started with Gideon, and it spread
throughout the whole camp: Israel got sick and tired of hiding in
those dark caves!

Gideon said to himself, “How long should we put up with this?
They go through our land with no opposition. Nobody stands up
and does anything about it! We’re told we have a God who moved
for our fathers. But look at us now—we are stripped, helpless.
We live in constant fear!”

Something rose up within Gideon. And he said just what God was
waiting to hear: “This has gone far enough! We serve a mighty,
victorious God. Why do we go on, day after day, taking this abuse?”

God will not do anything until you are thoroughly disgusted—until
you are sick and tired of being sick and tired.

You have to do as Gideon did—cry out to the Lord! We serve the
same God that Israel did. If he heard Israel’s cry in their idolatry,
he will hear you—in your sincerity.


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 2010/9/23 9:03Profile
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 Re: HOW to STAND UP and FIGHT! by David Wilkerson

Excellent article.

The following paragraph does give me pause - perhaps it needs rephrasing or a better explanation? What say?

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Satan cannot attack you at will. God has put a wall of fire around each of his children, and Satan cannot go beyond that wall without God’s permission.



It seems to me the devil works to tempt me whenever he feels like it. He usually allows me a rest period and then WHAM! He works to catch me when I am relaxed and not as vigelant.

And that wall of fire? Is Wilkerson speaking metaphorically or what does he have in mind?


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Sandra Miller

 2010/9/23 9:26Profile
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 Re:

ginnyrose,

He is probably thinking of this verse

'For I,' declares the LORD, 'will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.'" Zechariah 2:5.

God himself is the wall of fire and Satan cannot come through unless God allows it. God will not allow his children to be tempted beyond what they can bear. There is always a way to overcome and that way is Christ.

For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. (Hebrews 2:18) For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)


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Travis

 2010/9/23 9:52Profile
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Travis,

Thank-you for sharing this verse. I was not aware of it. I am not as familar with Zechariah like I want to be....one of these days it may change...

Blessings,
ginnyrose


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Sandra Miller

 2010/9/23 9:58Profile
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 Re:

May God bless you richly in Christ ginnyrose


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Travis

 2010/9/23 10:05Profile
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 Re:

ginnyrose

Job 1:10 also comes to mind:
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?...

God put a hedge around Job, and Satan could not enter it without God's permission.


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Benjamin A.

 2010/9/23 10:49Profile





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