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I Declare War



Levi Lusko of Fresh Life Church gives us three crucial instructions for putting a line in the sand and deciding to fight for the person God intended us to be.

Key Takeaway

We can be our own worst enemy when we allow ourselves to be taken away by our thoughts and feelings. The enemy loves to attack our minds. But God has called us to greater things. It may be hard, but the more take every thought captive to Christ, the more we will walk in victory.

So many times, we feel like we are absolutely stuck and have no hope of getting out of the pit. We become the version of ourselves that we don't want to be. A bad mood becomes a bad day, and we use the bad day to justify our actions and treatment of others.

But Lamentations 3:23 tells us that God's mercies are new every morning. We can have new mercies every hour if we need them. We don't have an excuse to stay where we are.

Our society places such a high value on "authenticity" that we allow ourselves to be led into sin because of our feelings and lack of self-control. But it means more to God when we choose to obey Him despite what our feelings say and what we want to do. It blesses His heart so much when we don't feel like doing it, but we do it anyway.

We don't see the dysfunction in our own lives because we are blind to it. We've tolerated it so long that we don't even recognize it as being dysfunctional. Do you manage yourself well? Do you know your EQ (emotional quotient)? Are you in control of your feelings so you can control your actions?

To the degree we are able to lead ourselves, we are actively able to give control of our lives to God, and it will lead to the life Jesus died for us to have.

We are in a war. It's the devil who wants to destroy us, the world that will oppose us as we seek to follow Jesus and ourselves. We are masters of self-sabotage. Romans 7:15 points out that we constantly do what we don't want to do. Our biggest problem is "Me, Myself, and I". It's time to get honest in the fight and stop justifying. We can't write the story of a victim when we are victors in Christ.

If we don't declare war, we'll never enter into the life that God has for us.

Wolves, as creatures, are pretty incredible. It's why the enemy tries to tie himself to the idea of them. They are pack animals, highly empathetic, and really good with authority; they encourage each other, are tender and loving, and practice adoption. They are fierce warriors and loving nurturers at the same time. Jesus defines this in Himself. He is strong and tender. He is on mission, but will still look for us.

So, how do we declare war?

1) We have to control the high ground.

  • If you want to demolish strongholds, you must take every thought captive. If there is any area where the enemy wants to get a toe hold and turn it into a stronghold so he can pull a chokehold, it's your thought life. High grounds are critical to winning a battle. You can't live right if you don't think right. It's called a "train of thought" because it is going to take you you want to go there?

2) Raise your voice.

  • Ask for help. Jesus knew there were rings of relationships He needed in His life. The way you speak can save your life. Ask people to pray for you and be with you. Make the call and send the text if you are thinking of someone who might need encouragement.

3) Keep showing up.

  • Be present, and don't give up. Do the hard thing. Persevere. Things take time.


"God delights the most in prayers we pray in times of dryness."

C.S. Lewis

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Scripture References

  • Romans 7:15
  • Lamentations 3:22-23
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Levi Lusko Levi Lusko is the founder and lead pastor of Fresh Life Church, located in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and everywhere online. He is a best-selling author, podcast host, husband, and father of five, and travels the world speaking about Jesus.