ARMED AND DANGEROUS by Elaine Tavolacci
ARMED AND DANGEROUS
In Psalms 18 David began by giving thanks, praise adoration, and telling the Lord that he loves Him. He said that death surrounded him and he was afraid. He went on to say that he called upon the Lord, and He heard him. Then the earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook as God became angry at the enemy for attacking David. The scripture then describes how the Lord parted the heavens and came down; He shot His arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them. He reached down from on high and took hold of him.
David said that the Lord has recompensed him according to his righteousness and clean hands. Then David began declaring the authority that the Lord has given him. He said that he could run against a troop, and by God he could leap over a wall.
The Holy Spirit has been showing me for the past few weeks that many of you feel defeated and discouraged because the warfare has been fierce and the battles have been intense. Many of you are also sensing the darkness in the atmosphere, but Jesus wants you to know that He has equipped you to be armed and dangerous for such a time as this. He has given you authority to quench every fiery dart that the enemy sends against you. Although the attacks have been unrelenting, you have to recognize that it is because you are a threat to the enemies camp. The apostle Paul said in Ephesians 6:10-11 to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. If there wasn’t a battle, then the Lord wouldn’t have given us the armor.
We are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. The only way to win the battle is spiritually. As you simply yield to the Holy Spirit, pray and read His word daily, you will overcome every obstacle that comes against you. The enemy is trying to steal, kill, and destroy but Jesus wants to give you life more abundantly. The enemy is trying to derail you from what God has created you to do, but you have authority over all the power of the enemy and by no means shall anything harm you says the Lord.
It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;Your right hand has held me up,Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip. I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. I have wounded them, so that they could not rise; they have fallen under my feet.
For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. You have also given me the necks of my enemies, so that I destroyed those who hated me.They cried out, but there was none to save; even to the Lord, but He did not answer them. Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets.
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Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6: 14-20
Armor of God
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