4 Things You Can Do When The Enemy Comes In Like A Flood

Let the Lord raise up a standard against him!

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What Do You Do When The Enemy Comes In Like A Flood?

Over the 33 years, I have been a believer in Jesus there have been many times where I have gone through trials, tests, and battles. I can’t say that they were fun times, but they were both necessary and part of building my faith to where it is today.

When the enemy comes in like a flood, you can be rest assured it is not because you are doing something wrong, but it is because you are doing something right. So let me encourage you in your spiritual walk and share with you some of the things I have learned about how the enemy attacks you and how you can overcome them.

So let’s look at the verse found in Isaiah 59:19.

ISAIAH 59:19

SO SHALL THEY FEAR THE NAME OF THE LORD FROM THE WEST, AND HIS GLORY FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN; WHEN THE ENEMY COMES IN LIKE A FLOOD, THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD WILL LIFT UP A STANDARD AGAINST HIM.

In this verse, we can see that when people start doing the right thing (being in awe and reverence of God), then this is when the promise comes into effect. The enemy does not need to come in like a flood when people are not honoring and serving God. They are already accomplishing his purposes.

It is only when people are becoming dangerous to the enemy of our souls that he needs to try to fight what is going on.

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Understand The Spiritual Nature Of The Attack

First and foremost you need to understand that when you come under attack that it is spiritual in source and nature. Many times that we are tempted to look at the circumstances or people and view them as the enemy. They may be tools of the enemy, but the enemy is spiritual, not physical.

Your enemy is not people, finances, or obstacles of any kind. The cause is a spiritual agenda that wants to stop you from doing the things you are doing that is infringing on the kingdom of darkness.

Use Spiritual Weapons Against The Attack

Next, you need to understand that the weapons of our warfare are not physical but spiritual. (2 Cor. 10:4) If you are going to fight a spiritual battle, you have to use the weapons that work in that realm.

These weapons are prayer, fasting, and the word of God. When you are in a spiritual battle, you need to increase your prayer time, skip some meals, and get into the word of God for both direction and the building of your faith.

Don’t try to win this battle with human reasoning and methods. Let the Lord win this battle for you. Let His Holy Spirit lift up the “battle standard” against him.

A standard was an old English word that was used in battle when a standard or flag was raised; it was the signal for all the troops to rally at that point. The Hebrew word “Nuwc” means to fly (to the attack) on horseback.

So let the Holy Spirit be the one that lifts up that standard that repels the enemy.

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Do Not Give Up Before The Battle Is Over

One of the greatest temptations and mistakes that I have faced has been when I had given up when things were getting hot. I have learned that many times the battle rages the fiercest when the victory is almost won.

You need to understand that the enemy of our souls has an intense hatred for anyone that will follow Jesus wholeheartedly. He will not just lay over like a beat dog and expose his neck at the first sign of battle. He goes around like a roaring lion, not a whipped puppy. (1 Peter 5:8) He is looking to devour you.

So when things get hot, when they get tough, when they get scary, don’t give up. Your Redeemer draws near. (Luke 21:28)

Understand That The Battle May Cost You.

Most of us have a concept of a lossless victory. As in warfare in the physical realm, war costs lives and resources, so too in the spiritual realm, it may cost you. That is the price of taking up your cross and following Jesus.

The Apostle Paul is an excellent example of how spiritual warfare cost him. He was beaten, stoned, imprisoned, left for dead, famished, etc. All of those things were the cost of the war that the enemy brought against him. But he learned a crucial lesson in all of it that he recorded for us in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-10

AND LEST I SHOULD BE EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE BY THE ABUNDANCE OF THE REVELATIONS, A THORN IN THE FLESH WAS GIVEN TO ME, A MESSENGER OF SATAN TO BUFFET ME, LEST I BE EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE. CONCERNING THIS THING I PLEADED WITH THE LORD THREE TIMES THAT IT MIGHT DEPART FROM ME. 9 AND HE SAID TO ME, “MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, FOR MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS.” THEREFORE MOST GLADLY I WILL RATHER BOAST IN MY INFIRMITIES, THAT THE POWER OF CHRIST MAY REST UPON ME. 10 THEREFORE I TAKE PLEASURE IN INFIRMITIES, IN REPROACHES, IN NEEDS, IN PERSECUTIONS, IN DISTRESSES, FOR CHRIST’S SAKE. FOR WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG.

Allow Christ to be your strength when the enemy comes in like a flood.

Blessings

Pastor Duke

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Duke Taber
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of L.I.F.E. Bible College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.

Pastor Duke specializes in healing hurting churches and bringing revival, renewal, and restoration of the presence of God to the body of Christ in America to make the church spiritual again.

Pastor Duke has a few limited dates available to speak in other churches. If your church needs a fresh move of the Spirit of God or has gone through a painful and wounding season, click here.

Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world. Currently he is serving as a Technology Consultant for Living Waters Fellowship In Mesquite Nv.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Thanking The Lord Jesus for you Pastor Duke. This blessed both my husband and myself. Keep letting God Almighty use you in Christ Jesus! We pray for your strength in The Lord and His contnued peace and joy! In Jesus name. Amen!

  2. This really helped me! I am under attack at work and because those attacking me, my character, my work ethic have the power I left today feeling hurt, under attack, character assassination by someone I kind of trusted. Though my husband to be prayed with me and tried to encourage me…I just wanted to get in bed and cover my head. Because again it seems the enemy was winning. But after reading this lesson I immediately felt better. God knows and sees all! He’s got me I just have to hold on. Thank you

  3. Pastor me and my in laws have been served by the high court. There was a fight over the inheritance between my father in law, his two and their daughter in law. She won everything and the family bussines. Now because one the sons was my husband and passed on in 2015, now I must join my inlaws to pay the damages because we wr married in community. When this came I said God this is not my battle and thanks for guidance Pastor when the enemy comes like the flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift us up.Amen

  4. Thank you! I really needed that this morning. Today’s my birthday and I don’t really celebrate my birthday but I believe this was my present from God. Again thank you. I speak increase in your life in every area nothing but good.

  5. Thank you pastor. I am really encouraged by this. The enemy has decided to turn on me healthwise but i know that my Redeemer liveth.

  6. Am under spiritual attack am sick panick attacks getting bad dreams feeling defeated need to continue to build my armor of god.

  7. I just left a message on your voice mail. I live in Marysville, California. I was a counselor at the 1995 Billy Graham Crusade in Sacramento. By the leading of Holy Spirit and in His supernatural power I am able to resist the devil, yield Christ’s authority, obey His will and follow Him. The battle is getting ever greater and ask the you would keep me in your prayers for me to complete the reason for which I was born.
    The best of Almighty God’s blessings be with you always…
    P.S. I lost my marriage of 28 years in 2001. I lost my homes, businesses and everything the devil could bring hurt, harm and danger to destroy, steal and kill in my life.

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