Pushing Back Strongholds

15th September

Only by Your power can we push back our enemies; only in Your Name can we trample our foes. I do not trust in my bow; I do not count on my sword to save me. You are the One who gives us victory over our enemies….”

Psalm 44:5-6b

As Christians, we are equipped with the power to not only stand up to the enemy’s advances, clothed with the armour of Christ, but we are also called to push back the enemy’s territory. We often can settle for a ‘self defence’ mentality as believers. We think, yes in Jesus’ Name ‘we have the power to stand firm against the enemy’s advances’ and then draw the line there. But we are not just called to be defenders but we are called to shine Jesus’ light and take back what the enemy has stolen. We are soldiers for Christ, fighting in His army. Jesus says of a believer that we are the “light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Jesus encouraged the believers to shine their light so bright that it would light up everything around it. Where bright light shines, darkness has to recede.

The Psalmist also alludes to the victory that is found in God. The power of God not only gains victories, but ‘pushes back the enemy…and tramples our foe!’ This was most probably written for a physical context but the same principal can be applied spiritually. We are not called to stand and watch the enemy destroy our nation but we are called to actively stand in warfare and push back the enemy’s strongholds.

How do we do this…. Through prayer. Our prayers through faith in the victory of Jesus, breaks down strongholds, and pushes back the enemy’s hold on peoples lives, on families, on governments, on schools and even in our communities. Take heart. Be strong and courageous in Christ. Victory is ours through the blood of the LAMB.

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