[b]ON THEIR FEET and READY[/b][i]by David Wilkerson[/i]"Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him" (1Sam 18:12).Satan envies and fears most those who have been with God inprayer and are determined to stand up and fight in faith. Satanfears even a small army of those who are girded up in faith for afight. He cowers before those who are up on their feet and readyto resist. And because he fears you, his design is to neutralizeyour fighting spirit.The devil does this by trying to flood your mind with defeating,distracting, hellish thoughts that breed mistrust and questionsabout God's power. He'll scream into your mind and spirit, "It's nouse fighting any more. You are too weak from your personalstruggles. You're never going to be an overcomer. The powers ofhell are just too big to overcome. So, you might as well relax.You don't need to be so intense about the battle anymore."This is all a distraction! Satan's entire strategy is to get you totake your eyes off the victory of the Cross. He wants to turn yourfocus onto your weaknesses, your sins, your shortcomings - andthat's why he turns up the heat of your present problems andsufferings. He wants to make you believe you aren't strong enoughto go on. But your strength is not the point: Jesus' strength is!The fact is, we're all going to be in a fight until we either die orJesus comes back. We may be given seasons of calm, times ofreprieve. But as long as we are on this earth, we are engaged inspiritual warfare. And there is simply no end to these battles.That's why Paul says Jesus has given us weapons that are mightyto the pulling down of strongholds. We have been equipped withweapons that Satan cannot withstand: prayer, fasting and faith.The time has come for us to get our focus unstuck from our currentafflictions. We must take our eyes off our trials and fix them onthe Captain of this war. Jesus holds the key to all victory and hehas promised us: "I have supplied you with every weapon neededfor battle. And I am ready and willing to give you strength in timesof weakness."
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