How to Fight the Devil and Win
Sermon shared by James May
Summary: God has given us the pattern to win the war with the devil. All we need to do is obey him.
Audience: Believer adults
Along with Moab and Ammon came the children from mount Seir. These were some of the original people of the region that should have been wiped out when Israel came in the first time, but now they too were coming back to haunt Israel for its disobedience.
King Jehoshaphat was worried. Who wouldn’t be with three armies poised to invade and conquer your land with overwhelming numbers. Israel couldn’t hope to stand against such a powerful force as this.
I’ve been there and felt outnumbered and outgunned in this spiritual warfare that I’m fighting. The spirit is always willing but the flesh is sometimes so very weak. We all tend to look at our battle through the eyes of flesh and we forget that it is always God who fights our battles.
These 3 armies weren’t just coming to defeat Jehoshaphat, they were coming to rid the Promised Land of every man of Israel once and for all. They had the power to do it now as far as they were concerned and nothing could stop them. I wonder if they sat in their tents on the hills around Israel and the camp of King Jehoshaphat and laughed about the coming victory. They just knew that battle was theirs.
But what they didn’t count on was the God of Israel. Brother and sister, we may not have the power to overcome the devil in this fight we are in, but praise the Lord, the God that is in me is greater than any enemy that comes my way. What have I to dread? What have I to fear when I’m leaning on the His everlasting arms?
Jeshoshaphat may have had a weak army but he had a strong faith in God so he fell on his face before the Lord to seek for God’s help.
That’s always the first step toward winning any fight over the devil – Fall on your face before God and seek his wisdom!
God heard Jehoshaphat’s cry and he dispatched the answer through the priesthood that God had set in place. Jahaziel brought the good news. Israel had nothing to fear for God would fight for them.
Just go get into position to make the enemy think that you are going to fight him, but stand still and let the Lord fight the battle for you. That was God’s instructions to Jehoshaphat and to you and I right now.
“Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” - He spoke it Israel at the Red Sea. He spoke it Joshua at Jericho. He spoke here to Jehoshphat in Israel. And he still says the same thing today. “Stand still and let the Lord fight your battle. You can’t win it anyway. You don’t have the power to overcome all your enemies, but your God does and it is the delight of his heart to fight the battle for you.”
That’s the second step to winning your battles against the devil. Let the Lord do the fighting. You just pray and then stand still and watch what God does next!
The third step is that you get rid of the doubts and fears that will try to overwhelm you. It was easy for Israel to believe in God fighting the battle as long they weren’t facing the immediate threat of the
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