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When you pray hard and it hits the fan

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Each Monday, Donna Partow offers a prayer call as one of the great benefits of membership in her 90-Day Renewal program for 2014, The Ultimate Year, which I just joined and LOVE.

On today’s prayer call, one of the members has been praying and fasting for her husband, and when she began fasting, he began experiencing vision problems. Here was Donna’s wise response:

“A lot of times we’ll be really praying and praying and it gets worse, and the devil says you pray and it got worse! Actually God knew it’s about to hit the fan, it’s about to get much worse, and that is why you feel that urgency to pray. That is the moment you have to press on in faith. God is inviting you to bring about that change.”

Do you relate? This also seems to happen whenever you are about to step out to do something for God, or AFTER you have done something great for God. You experience more intense spiritual warfare, or backlash from the enemy Satan.

God is greater than the devil. Continue to pray (and fast if you’re fasting), and keep your eyes on Jesus. The battle belongs to God. When the Moabites and the Ammonites were coming against Jehoshaphat and Judah, he resolved to go to God to pray and proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel as he stood in the assembly and he encouraged them:

“This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”

Jehoshaphat and the people bowed to the ground and worshipped God and praised Him loudly. The next morning Jehoshaphat told them:

Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”

God set ambushes against the Moabites and the Ammonites and the men of Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The Ammonites and Moabites attacked the men of Mount Seir and destroyed them. Then they began to attack each other! By the time the people of Judah arrived, they found nothing but dead bodies. No one had escaped!

So Jehoshaphat and his men began to carry off the plunder – equipment, clothes, and other valuables. It was more than they could take away. It took them 3 days to carry away the plunder! On the 4th day, they gathered in the Valley of Berakah, where they praised the Lord. Berakah means blessing. When you begin to seek God’s face, pray and fast, you will experience His blessings!

Jehoshaphat and the army returned to Jerusalem with joy, because God had caused them to rejoice over their enemies. The fear of God fell on the other kingdoms surrounding them, because they heard how God had fought against Israel’s enemies. Jehoshaphat had peace, because God had given him rest on every side. (2 Chronicles 20)

God wants to give you peace and rest from your enemies, whatever they are – marriage problems, financial struggles, sickness, your business not succeeding as you’d like, conflicts at work, frustrations, etc. Keep praying and don’t give up.

Want to know effective strategies in spiritual warfare. Click here for my book The Hands of a Woman: Everyday Women in Everyday Battles.

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International Speaker, Author, and Life Coach Beth Jones
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Well Watered Woman Radio Show Replay: Women and Spiritual Warfare

International Speaker, Author, and Life Coach Beth Jones

International Speaker/Author Beth Jones

Tonight I spoke on Tony Robinson’s Well Watered Woman Talk Radio Show about women and spiritual warfare. This show will equip you to rise up and take your place in the spiritual battle surrounding you so that you can become victorious.

On this show, I shared 5 primary areas where women face the most frequent and the greatest spiritual battles.

If you missed the live show, you can hear the replay by clicking here.

You can purchase my book, The Hands of A Woman: Everyday Women In Everyday Battles, that I mentioned on the show for just $10 tonight (normally $20). To learn more, just click here.

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When you’re under spiritual attack

pensive womanToday one of my closest friends posted a status on Facebook that she was under attack today by the enemy, left and right. She was chewed out by one woman after she gave her some advice, someone had posted a very negative review of her book online, and another woman criticized my friend’s pic proudly showing her new tiny size after an amazing weight loss journey. She also got hit with a migraine which was making her throw up. (This list doesn’t include the other traumatic things which have happened throughout her life!)

What do you do when you’re under spiritual attack like this?

As created human beings, we have no power ourselves to fight Satan and his legion of demons. We can’t use earthly weapons to fight spirits. But as believers in Christ, we have powerful weapons of spiritual warfare that we can use against him to defeat him.

The Bible tells us in Cor. 10:3-5, “It is true, we live in a body of flesh. But we do not fight like people of the world.  We do not use those things to fight with that the world uses. We use the things God gives to fight with and they have power. Those things God gives to fight with destroy the strong-places of the devil. We break down every thought and proud thing that puts itself up against the wisdom of God. We take hold of every thought and make it obey Christ.”

The most powerful weapons we have are:

  • faith in Christ
  • The Word of God
  • Prayer
  • Worship of God
  • The blood of Jesus, our testimony, and denying self.
  • Satan can’t stand against your faith in Jesus when you are covered in the blood of Jesus. He may try to attack you, but no weapon formed against you will prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)

    When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, the weapon Jesus chose was the Word of God. (Mark 9:1-13)

    In the Garden of Gethsamane, Jesus prayed so he would be able to face his final hour of distress on earth at the Cross to fulfill God’s Divine purpose. (Mark 14:32-42)

    The army of Israel was led by the worshippers marching around Jericho before the walls fell down. (Joshua 5:13-6:27)

    You have all these weapons and more to defeat the enemy, no matter what battle you are facing. The battle belongs to the Lord! (2 Chronciles 20:15)

    You can learn more about women and spiritual warfare in my ebook, The Hands of a Woman: Everyday Women In Everyday Battles.

    On January 31 at 7 p.m. Central Time, I’ll be speaking about women and spiritual warfare on my friend Tony Robinson’s Well Watered Woman Talk Radio show. You can tune into the show at here. We’d love to see you in the chat room!

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