The Battle is Shifting

The ministry of Tommy Hays has meant so much to Denalyn and me.  He touches hearts through healing prayer and preaching. The following segment is especially strong.  Thanks, Tommy for writing it! — Max

July 26, 2019 – Morning by Morning Daily Prayer with Tommy Hays

Good morning, Lord Jesus. I seek You with all my heart — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of God — and wait expectantly for Your leading. …

“Likewise all the men of Israel who had hidden in the mountains of Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, they also followed hard after them in battle. So the Lord saved Israel that day, and the battle shifted…” (1 Samuel 14:22-23 NKJV).

We’re in a war ever day. Every believer is in battle. But our true enemies are not human flesh and blood, even though human flesh and blood in their weaknesses and sinfulness may be used by our enemies. “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” (Ephesians 6:12).

And in this war, as we fight every battle in the strength of the Lord and the power of the Spirit, we’re not to run and hide in the mountains of fear or passivity or appeasement. We’re to charge “hard after them in battle.” We’re to “take up the whole armor of God” and withstand them, as we enforce the victory of the cross in the mighty name of Jesus” (Ephesians 6:13). We’re to run to the sound of the battle! (Nehemiah 4:20) “And the God of peace will crush Satan under (our) feet!” (Romans 16:20)

The battle is shifting! Our enemies are on the run! There’s still a war to be waged and battles to fight, but the victory is won! Through the Sacrifice of Your Blood at the victory of Your cross, You forever defeated the enemy of our souls, “having disarmed principalities and powers, (You) made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it!” (Colossians 2:15)

As we agree with Your victory and come into alignment with Your truth, Your truth is marching on! Glory, glory, hallelujah! The Battle Hymn of the Republic is the Battle Hymn of Heaven!

Every time we humble ourselves to be desperately dependent on You alone, the battle shifts. Every time we repent of our sins and receive the grace of Your mercy and love, the battle shifts. Every time we embrace the truth and come out of agreement with the lies, the battle shifts. Every time we let go of the past and press on toward the goal of the prize of the heavenly calling of God in Christ, the battle shifts. Every time we enter Your gates with thanksgiving and come into Your courts with praise, the battle shifts. Every time we come boldly before Your throne of grace, forgiven of our sins and filled with Your Spirit, the battle shifts. Every time we go into the secret place and shut the door to hear what You’re saying and see what You’re doing so we can go out to obey Your word in the power of Your love, the battle shifts. And every time we pray and proclaim from the place of victory in Christ for Your Kingdom to come and Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, the battle shifts. These are the mighty “weapons of our warfare!” (2 Corinthians 10:4)

As I’m praying right now, the battle is shifting! In my spirit I’m running to the battle to look and see what You have done!

“For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall…. He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and make my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a 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…. 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!”(Psalm 18:29-39)

The battle is shifting and this war is won! This is the victory I have in Jesus! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today!  In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays

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