John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal, to kill, and to destroy…” This is an essential truth that we have been equipped to battle. There is an interesting verse in Deuteronomy about possessing. Moses was recounting what the Lord had said. Deuteronomy 2:24 says, “Rise…I have given into your hand…king of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to possess it, and engage him in battle.”
2 Corinthians 10:4 says that our weapons are mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds. A stronghold is a mindset that opposes God’s way. It is the ground that we gave over to satan through our disobedience. When we do not take God at His word, we give opportunity for satan to work his wiles.
Paul wrote to the church in Corinth about obedience. It was about forgiveness of the brother who sinned. In 2 Corinthians 2:9 says, “For this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.” In verse 10 he urged them to forgive. Verse 11 says, “Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Here is what we know from Scripture. John 8:44 says that the devil is a liar. Revelation 12:10 says that he is an accuser of the brethren. James 1:16 warns us to not be deceived. Hebrews 3:13 says to not be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. When we arm ourselves with truth, it will stand like a sentinel within our heart to warn us when the enemy approaches.
Nahum 2:1 helps us prepare to engage. It says, “He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily.” Colossians 1:11 was Paul’s prayer, “Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.”
Here is a key to understanding when we are being set up. IF we are not walking in the Spirit, then we are not being led by Him. It is evident to others when the fruit of the Spirit is not our testimony. Think of a cluster of grapes. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” When we are walking in our flesh, we are opposing God’s way. When we do that, James 4:7 says that He will resist us. Sin is pride.
Therefore, in order to possess what is ours we must engage the enemy by confronting the lies we have believed. It is through these lies that the enemy is currently working his devices. He works in darkness, therefore we must walk in the Light. Accountability is a great safety net. Heart integrity keeps us from succumbing to satan’s deceptive ways. Psalm 15:2 says to speak truth in our heart.
We possess what is ours through bringing God’s truth into our heart to uproot the lies we have believed. James 1:21 says, “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” Verse 22 is our strategic engagement. It says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves.