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I want to share this word that I received some time ago, as I believe it is apropos of this season.
One morning, as I was listening to the song, "This Is How I Fight My Battles," I thought about the Scripture in Ephesians chapter six concerning the armor of God. The Holy Spirit began showing me how some people are fighting the wrong battles. They are having confrontations with family, friends and neighbors because they don't recognize who the real enemy is. They are under pressure but they don't realize that they are retaliating and wrestling in the flesh.
We are living in a time where the spirit of fear and hostility is so prevalent. We must be careful that we don't allow these spirits to attach themselves to us. We are not fighting against flesh and blood but against rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness.
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 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, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled." (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)
Then there are those who have battles in their minds but they don't know how to process their thoughts and emotions. Some people are overcome with fear, anger, worry, confusion, depression and discouragement. (Photo via Pickpik)
As I was writing this, I heard the words "Southern Comfort," which is an alcoholic beverage. Some people are fighting their battles with drugs, alcohol and other substances just to cope and to mask their problems. Many are filled with fear and panic because of what they are being fed through the news and social media. They have taken their focus off Jesus and lost their peace. Their conscience is seared and they don't even realize that they left their first love.
The Battle Between Flesh and Spirit
For some of you, the battle is between your flesh and your spirit. There is a story in the book of Genesis about Rebecca, the wife of Isaac, who was pregnant with twins named Jacob and Esau. The story goes on to say that while Rebecca was pregnant, she inquired of the Lord and asked Him what she was experiencing as the twins jostled each other within her womb. The Lord responded in an allegory saying that there were two nations within her womb which would be separated; the younger would be stronger, and the older would serve the younger.
The Holy Spirit showed me that Esau represented the flesh and Jacob represented the spirit. Many of you are experiencing a struggle within yourself, which is your flesh warring against your spirit.
"But the children struggled together within her; and she said, 'If all is well, why am I like this?' So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her: 'Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.'" (Genesis 25:22-23)
The Lord says, "As you experience this inward battle, don't allow your flesh to take dominion and control. Don't allow the nature of your flesh to win as your old nature is battling with the divine nature. Never allow carnality to rule, but as you allow My Spirit to lead and direct you from within, you will be set free from this constant struggle.
"When discouragement tries to set in, know that you have the strength to follow the way of the Spirit. Use that which I have imparted to you. Do not allow yourself to be controlled by your senses, neither be controlled by thoughts that are conflicting with My Word. As you go through difficult seasons, prayerfully seek Me to lead you and guide you in the way of truth. (Photo via Unsplash)
"Just as the rivalry was between Jacob and Esau, stand steadfast and don't give up your birthright. Don't dismiss the blessing that I have bestowed upon your life by submitting to anything that is contrary to My Word. Hold on to the dream that I have placed within your heart, and understand the Covenant that I have made with you.
"Don't allow fearful thoughts to overwhelm you in the dark seasons, and never let go of that which I have already provided for you. As you learn how to master your flesh and submit to My Spirit, you will begin to have a new strength each day to choose whom you will serve. The thoughts and mindsets that try to war against your soul will quickly dissipate as you allow Me to lead and guide you from within," says the Lord.
"I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish." (Galatians 5:16-17)
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A Word in Season
Elaine Tavolacci resides in Staten Island, New York. She has been a student of the Word for twenty-nine years. She has a prophetic gift as well as a ministry of encouragement, which teaches the Body of Christ to walk in the fullness of what the Lord has called them to. She teaches others how to be overcomers in every area of their lives and understands the power and authority that Jesus has assigned to them. Her ministry, "A Word in Season," has been an encouragement to others for nine years. She has learned the transforming power of the Word of God and encourages others that nothing is impossible with God.
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