Intelligence on the Enemy
In the summer of 1989, Jack and I had nine wonderful days of ministry in Mexico City. We met with, prayed with, sang with, and ministered with a team of Mexican couples, many of them pastors, who are leaders in “Precepto Sobre Precepto.” We heard story after story of how Precept had been the means of building their churches. Testimony after testimony told of the ability they now have to study God’s Word for themselves and of how it had transformed their lives—they just were not the same! Over and over we heard that this study method is what Latin America has needed, for there is no other material in Spanish that is accomplishing what Precept is accomplishing. One pastor teaches five Precept classes a week!
On that trip, we saw more than 120 people indicate that they were repenting and receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The decisions came after clear teaching of what the Word says about salvation. It meant so much to us too when they embraced us, kissed us, patted on us, and told us that now they were equipped for ministry. Even missionaries told us how God had used Precept to change their lives!
As I said, it took almost 21 years before He revealed to me what He had in mind for me when He brought us home. I simply had to come to the point at which I would obey His command and in my disappointment count it all joy, knowing but not seeing that if I would endure and remain steadfast in my faith, He would use it to make me more like Christ and to accomplish His perfect will.
Writing Precept courses and studying through the Old Testament, book by book, have been invaluable. Just as I was reading recently through my latest book, When the Hurt Runs Deep, cutting an audio version of the book, I was brought to tears. My heart was so filled with awe as I read the truths I shared from Genesis, Job, and the Prophets about our sovereign God. I thought, Why do we worry about a thing? God is God. Why don’t we simply trust Him—become putty in the Potter’s hands, cling to Him as the waistband clings to the waist of a man? As I read, I realized that I am seeing more and more the faithfulness of God to stand by His Word in keeping His promises to those who walk uprightly and in judging those who transgress His Word and seemingly get away with it. There may be a delay in blessing or judgment, but it always comes because God is God. Oh, how we need to learn that and live accordingly. Ours is not to question God nor to choose our own way . . . ours is to trust and obey.
“ Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass” (Joshua 21:45).
“ Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant” (1 Kings 8:56).
Now then, Beloved, when you are besieged with disappointment, hold that line of defense by being strong in the Lord. Hold up that shield of faith, for the promises of God are yea and amen. Remember the “intelligence” principle of warfare. God has given you a profile of your enemy in the Word of God.
Look up the following verses and list below everything you learn about your enemy.
1. John 8:44
2. Revelation 12:9-10
That’s what your enemy is like, so don’t listen to him. Keep your communication lines open with heaven’s command headquarters.
Let grace and peace be multiplied to you. How? Look up 2 Peter 1:2-4 and write out the “how.” To do so will be very beneficial to you because it will cause you to locate these vital verses in your Bible and to better understand what God is saying.
Now then, beloved believer, remember the outcome of the war—Jesus is Victor, and all those who align themselves with Him will be more than conquerors. You have the one weapon you need to defeat the enemy—the promises of God! Try it, and you’ll find yourself winning the war.
This blog post is excerpted from the out-of-print 30-day devotional “How to Stand Firm Against the Five Deadly D’s” by Kay Arthur.