This is How I Fight My Battles by Elaine Tavolacci
Identity Network Oct. 31, 2018
This morning 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 then showed me how some people are fighting the wrong battles. They are having confrontations with others because they don’t know who their enemy is. They are under pressure but they don’t recognize that they are retaliating and wrestling in the flesh. The bible tells us that we are not fighting against flesh and blood but against rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.
Then the Lord showed me those who have battles in their minds but they don’t know how to deal with them. Some people are overcome with fear, anger, worry, confusion, depression and discouragement. 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.
For some of you the battle is a battle 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 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 that there were two nations within her womb, which shall be separated, one will be stronger, and the older shall 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.
The Way of the Spirit
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 no 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.
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 will. 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, 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 to choose each day who 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.
Genesis 25:22-23 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.”
Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 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.
Galatians 5:16-17 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.