“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Crushing the Enemy’s Tactics
Kimberly N. Alleyne
The Harvest Magazine, Publisher and Editor
Have you ever meditated on John 10:10? I mean really, really read it and allowed the truth of it to penetrate your spirit? It can be a little intimidating at first read. That’s what I used to think, but then I got a revelation about this passage: it lays out the enemy’s entire battle plan. It’s a simple plan:
Satan wants to steal from me: steal my joy, my peace, my confidence
He wants to kill my purpose, my ministry, my dreams, my relationships, my faith…he wants to kill me
He wants to destroy my armor of God, my voice, my love, my mercy, my faith, my family, my relationships and my relationship with the Lord
Okay, I got it. Wow…His is a simple plan, right? We shouldn’t expect anything else because he’s simple. Regardless, there is beauty and great hope in this short verse, which is that it reveals the enemy’s intent, and then gives us comfort and the assurance of an abundant life. The challenge is recognizing the enemy’s game, and crushing it as soon as you recognize it.
Here are war tactics to overtake the enemy’s camp, and reap the spoils of an abundant life:
This is war. Believers are at war, and not against natural enemies, but spiritual. That is why the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. The enemy fights us in the spiritual realm, and so we must fight back — proactively and reactively — where he is fighting us. We cannot get to an abundant life if we don’t war for it.
PRAY — The Bible says that we should always pray and that the fervent, effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much. The power of a strong, consistent prayer life is immeasurable. God hears us cry out before we ever open our mouths, and He answers us while we are praying. The Lord told us that if we ask Him anything in His name, that He will do it for us. Ask, Believe, and Receive!
THANK GOD — Enter His courts with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving gets God’s attention, and sets the stage for dynamic encounters.
PRAISE GOD — We break chains and strongholds when we praise. God dwells in the praises of His children. Stay in a posture of praise; David boasted that he would bless the Lord all the time and that his mouth would always be ready to praise God.
RECOGNIZE — The enemy HATES it when we recognize our purpose and walk in it, when we recognize that God is faithful to all His promises, and when we recognize the resurrection power that we walk in it.
GIVE GOD GLORY — God is our refuge in all things. He is worthy of all of our thanksgiving and praise, and due of all glory. Isaiah 25:3 says “the strong people glorify thee.” We, His children, are the strong people.
SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY — “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.” (Revelation 12:11) Enough said.
PURSUE AND WORSHIP THE LORD, AND COMMUNE WITH HIM — God longs to dine with us. Show Him you’re hungry for Him and His presence. Chase Him. Great things await us in the Lord’s presence. When we meet with Him, are confidence gets stronger, our faith increases, and we get an intimate view of our children-of God power.
PURSUE YOUR PURPOSE — Each of us has a divine assignment, purpose that God scripted perfectly for each of His children. When we pursue our purpose, it means we are carrying out God’s battle plan instead of satan’s; it also means we are being obedient. Satan hates for us to align with God’s plan, and He detests our obedience.
FORGIVE, RELEASE AND BLESS YOUR ENEMIES — Some parts of God’s Word are misconstrued, or it’s sometimes difficult to determine the accurate interpretation of some parts; but God is pretty clear about forgiveness. It is not an option. We must forgive our enemies for their offenses against us. And then once we forgive them, we should release them (meaning that we don’t seek or expect pay back), ask God to forgive them and release them, and then bless them with a sincere heart.
WIN SOULS — Proverbs 11: 30 reads that it is a wise person who wins souls, and God told us to out and make disciples all over the earth. The bigger the Kingdom, the better.
PURSUE PEACE — Proverbs 6:16-19. God has a special disdain for seven things, and causing “dissension among brothers” is one of them. He wants us to pursue peace, even when it hurts, even when we are right…none of that matters. What matters is sowing peace and unity in the Kingdom, and making God the focus. This is not about us, it’s about God.
GIVE — Giving is an awesome expression of faith and love. It is the heart of God to sow into the lives of others. Give to bless, not because you want something in return.