On a daily basis, relationships and individuals suffer and may succumb to the ravages of unholy mind wars. Step one in defending ourselves (and those we love) is to expose the enemy. By bringing demonic attacks into the light, we are then able to be healed of mental strongholds. But we must be careful as we are all capable of responding in the flesh.
During our most recent devotional series we took a 7-day journey through King Hezekiah’s battle with Sennacherib in 2Chron. 32, Isaiah 36,37
The first lesson was the importance of exposing the enemy’s ways and weapons so that we aren’t shaken or destroyed. The enemy cannot attack us on his own, he must use others as was clear for both Job and King David.
How should we respond?
When we are under a prolonged attack it can be exhausting. But we can learn much from following Hezekiah’s example.
He leaned into the truth of the Word in order to allow God to expose the enemy and secure his victory.
He was strong and courageous, realizing that there are more with than against them (even when it doesn’t feel like it). But standing strong in the truth, allows us to know in our spirit that the LORD will help fight our battles. (Eph 6:11-12, 2Cor 2:11)
Hezekiah stood firm in the face of great intimidation (Is 36:3) He was not drawn out or distracted.
Hezekiah wasn’t swayed by the claims and false accusations—Isaiah 36:6. In a constant attack, remember what is available to you in Christ because the enemy knows that if he can get you looking down, he’s got you where he wants you. Stay strong and don’t fall for it!
Hezekiah watched his trusted, and beloved, advisors go down to the enemy and listen to their lies. Lies seemingly supported by outward circumstances. But he had to trust that they knew his character well enough that they wouldn’t be swayed—in doing so he trusted God with his friends.
He was discerning. Per Paul- 2Ti 3:5,7 your enemies having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, they are always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
And perhaps most importantly when people attack you—don’t pour your heart out to anyone with ears, or on social media. Pour it out at the Throne of Grace. Ps42:4 when your oppressed, reproached, mocked- pour out your heart to God.
Isaiah 37:21 “Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria”
This heart cry is what we call imprecatory prayers, a fancy term for the principle that vengeance belongs to God (Deut. 32:35; Ps. 94:1). As human beings, in the flesh we are drawn toward personal retaliation. However, it is not God’s plan for us to repay evil for evil. It IS His plan that we run to Him in times of attack.
When we fall short
The war raging in your mind is real. Satan’s goal is to drag us into sin and eternal captivity. His agenda involves continually harassing believers to ensure they rarely experiencing the goodness of God.
I too stumble and act in the flesh when confronted with horrendous attacks that make me want to take justice into my own hands instead of waiting on the Lord. No one is immune to wanting others to hurt as you’ve been hurt.
“casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5
But remember beloved, Jesus Christ is the One to deliver us from our sinful flesh and our fallen nature. WITH Christ we win the mind wars being waged against us. Take back your mind today and give Jesus access to 100% of your thought life and imagine what you might do for His kingdom!
Guard your heart from bitter, vengeful, hatred. Lean on the promises of God, pour your heart out to him, don’t give in to personal retaliation, but appeal to God that His righteousness prevails.
Know your enemy. Know your God. Walk according to his mercy.