In 2 Chronicles 32, the Hebrews were desperate for the Lord of hosts to help them defeat the Assyrians. King Hezekiah recognized they could not win the battle alone, so he called on Yahweh Tsaba, the Lord of hosts, for guidance and victory.
Hezekiah faithfully served the Lord and led the people with a pure heart. But faithfulness to God does not exempt you from the battle. You will truly know the Lord of hosts if you are willing to face the fight. As we examine the life of Hezekiah, we see three strategies for defeating the enemy that we can apply whenever we face a spiritual battle.
Strategy #1: Recognize the Battle
Whether you are struggling with a personal crisis, spiritual battle, financial battle, or health battle, it does you no good to bury your head in the sand. You must face it and recognize that the enemy is coming against everything God is doing in your life. He hates your family, joy, peace, and victories in the spiritual battle.
Hezekiah saw the enemy approaching, identified their intentions, and prepared himself and his people to face the battle. He actively prepared by cutting off the enemy’s supply, reinforcing what was weak, and rallying the people around a battle cry.
The God of armies calls you to get off the sidelines and get in the fight. Believers can do this by following the example of Hezekiah:
Cut off the enemy’s supply.
Hezekiah and his people stopped the water sources from flowing to the Assyrian army because they did not want their enemies to thrive.
“Thus many people gathered together who stopped all the springs and the brook that ran through the land, saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find much water?”—2 Chronicles 32:4
What are you supplying the enemy with that you need to cut off? Streams like adultery, alcohol, overeating, idle time, video games, social media, and lying provide the enemy with fuel to attack you and leave you feeling defeated in spiritual battles. Consider where you need to cut off the enemy’s supply so you can be prepared for battle.
Reinforce what is weak.
Hezekiah and his people repaired the weak areas in their defenses so they were prepared for the enemy to attack.
“And he strengthened himself, built up all the wall that was broken, raised it up to the towers, and built another wall outside; also he repaired the Millo in the City of David, and made weapons and shields in abundance.Then he set military captains over the people, gathered them together to him in the open square of the city gate, and gave them encouragement…”—2 Chronicles 32:5-6
Where are the weak spots in the walls of protection around your heart and mind? You must recognize and repair them to strengthen yourself for the battle. This could look like getting in shape physically, regularly reading your Bible, memorizing Scripture, pursuing community, or seeking counseling for healing and recovery. When you reinforce weak areas, you equip yourself with boldness and confidence to face the spiritual battle ahead.
Rally around a battle cry.
Hezekiah encouraged the people to be strong and courageous despite adversity.
“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.”—2 Chronicles 32:7-8a
What is your battle cry this year? Our natural tendency in a spiritual battle is to lie down and surrender to the enemy. But we shouldn’t be surprised when there is a battle to face because that is part of being a man or woman of God. Growth in your faith comes with some resistance. You need a battle cry, a promise from God’s Word, to anchor you in truth if you are going to face the enemy this year.
Strategy #2: Reject the Lies
One of the enemy's most significant tools in a spiritual battle is to sow seeds of anxiety, doubt, despair, depression, and lies. We must recognize his tactics and learn to discern the truth.
The Assyrians learned Hebrew so they could speak lies to the people of God in their native tongue. They demonstrated the four strategies of the enemy, which are…
They tried to intimidate the Hebrews into giving up.
They planted seeds of doubt that God could deliver the Hebrews.
They insulted the Hebrews and discouraged them from fighting.
They spoke against Hezekiah’s character and God’s leadership.
Just like the Assyrians, the enemy speaks your native tongue. What is the greatest lie he is whispering to you that you must deal with immediately?
You may believe that…
- You’re no good.
- God doesn’t have anything good for you.
- You’ve made too many mistakes.
- God has turned His back and abandoned you.
Or you may think…
- You’ve got this on your own.
- You can white knuckle this.
- You can figure out a way through the fight.
- You can control the outcome.
…but these are all lies!
The enemy tries to discourage you from trusting in God, following good leadership, believing in His character, and trusting that He will keep His promises. If you are going to reject the lies and win the spiritual battle, you are going to need God’s help.
Strategy #3: Rely on the Lord of Hosts
In a spiritual battle, victory is supplied by the Lord of hosts. The Assyrians were hurling insults and intimidating the people in their native tongue, but King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah prayed and called on the name of the Lord. They relied on His power to defeat the enemy instead of trying to fight on their own or surrendering to defeat.
Have you ever been in a place where you cried out for deliverance? You might face a daunting battle, but you can cry out to God for deliverance and victory. He will answer your prayers, fight your battles, and give you strength to face the enemy if you rely on Him.
A spiritual battle is intimidating, but when you have the Lord of hosts on your side, you can recognize the battle, reject the lies, and rely on Him for victory. Don’t face the battle alone! Bring others into the battle with you to pray and seek freedom and healing from strongholds.