The battle rages, smoke billows up around us. We march, but where? It seems that we are hit on all sides; family, friends, finances, health. We pause to find our footing, only to witness another fall, as confusion filters through the ranks of weary soldiers.
Anybody been there? Anyone there now?
I believe one of the greatest tactics of our enemy is to cause confusion, bring distraction and blow counterfeit smoke-screens to keep us from having the advantage on the field of battle. Satan lobs those smoke bombs to keep our heads spinning and our minds second-guessing the truth. The first thing we need to remember is that satan is a deceiver by nature (Revelation 12:9). He is a liar and the father of lies, therefore, deception is birthed from the fruit of his very being.
“When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
John 8:44 (NLT)
The enemy tries to get us to believe that if we loved God more, bad things wouldn’t happen. Or if we had faith, our circumstances would be different. That loser tries to make things unclear so that we question what is right and true.
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)
The Greek word for “confusion” in this passage is akatastasia meaning unsettled, instability, commotion, disorder. If by definition, the enemy can cause confusion, then he can get us off balance in our beliefs and the truth will be clouded. So what is the truth? The battle belongs to the Lord (2 Chronicles 20) and the victory is ours in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57). A couple of months ago, I woke up hearing this phrase in my mind,
“our battles are fought under the jurisdiction of victory”.
The word “jurisdiction” is the Greek word “exousia”, which means: right (privilege), power of authority, or delegated influence. It even translates to “superhuman”.
“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” John 1:10-13 (NLT)
As we can see in this passage, the enemy had clouded the minds of the people so that they couldn’t recognize the Son of God standing right in front of them. But… to those who believed and accepted Him, He gave them jurisdiction to walk in victory.
Sisters, the strategy of the enemy is to bring into confusion, which results in an unstable walk. The devil knows that we are women of power and influence. We can shape the world around us with the truth. If he can keep us mired in the battle, he can keep us from waking in the authority that eventually leads to victory. As generals call out strategy in warfare, declare the Word of God out loud. In doing so, our muddled thoughts will soon become clear. Worship and set your hearts on His throne, the kingdom we war alongside.
We may be composed of natural elements, but we are enriched with a superhuman capacity for warfare. Make no mistake-the battle may rage, we might not always see clearly but the territory is ours and the jurisdiction gives us the legal means for victory.