I Declare War: Four Keys to Winning the Battle with Yourself

Whether you recognize it or not, you're at war with yourself. There's anxiety. Selfishness, Self-sabotaging tendencies. Narcissism, The black dog of depression. The inability to do the great things you long to do because you spend so many hours mindlessly drifting through the internet.

Something that is making you feel terrified, trapped, or lonely. You feel as if you are a victim of your circumstances... and you don’t know where to turn for help.

One way or the other, you are facing a situation right now for which you don’t have the answers.
It is war, but all is not lost. You can win—if you choose to engage.

Perhaps it’s a cycle of retaliation with your spouse that is leading to a vicious silence that no one is willing to break. You know that if something doesn’t change, your marriage isn’t going to last. Or maybe you’re ready to quit your job because it seems your coworkers are all against you. 

You just lost your job due to accusation of which you know nothing about. Or it could be a struggle with your temper. You haven’t crossed the line yet, but you’ve come close. Or the problem might be a crippling anxiety that you just can’t seem to shake. You feel as if your life is spinning out of control.

The worst thing about feeling victimized in this way is that it’s impossible to be a victim and a victor at the same time. It’s time for something better in your life. In fact, as we will discuss throughout this article, God wants something much better for you. 

He wants to lead you and guide you through the problems you are facing. But the first step in this journey requires a conscious action on your part. You have to admit the conflict is real.

As any soldier will tell you, you can’t win a war if you are unwilling to admit a conflict exists in the first place. This is why making your declaration is so important. I declare war... against the cycle of retaliation... against my bad behaviors... against anxiety and depression... against the darkness and my self-sabotaging tendencies.

When you declare war in this way, you are refusing to go gently into the night or to be taken without a fight. You are waging war on the version of yourself that you don’t want to be. And, as you will find, there is freedom and power in making such a declaration.

-- All of us have a war we are fighting, and it’s a war we’re facing within. We are in a battle involving the thoughts we think, the words we speak, and the actions we take.

-- The Bible makes it clear that both God and the enemy have an agenda for our lives. Jesus wants us to experience life to the full, but the devil seeks only to steal, kill, and destroy.

-- Every choice we make is a door we’re deciding to walk through. And we have to choose carefully, because some doors lead to life and others lead to death.

-- We have to discover how to stop creating problems for ourselves — to get out of our own way. It starts with us making this statement: “I declare war on my tendency to sabotage myself.”

-- In the words of President Teddy Roosevelt (USA), when we choose to fight the battle rather than simply talk or think about it, a “wolf rises up in our heart.” Once we commit ourselves to the conflict, a new courage and resolve surfaces within us.

-- The first three “cards” in our declaration of war involve our words, our thoughts, and our actions. The fourth represents the all-important power of the Holy Spirit.

-- The fourth card is critical, because we cannot win this war in our own strength. We need God to give us power, tell us who we are, and supercharge all our efforts.

1. WORDS: there is power in a spoken word, the Bible in Isaiah 55:10-11...[11] so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

There is power in every word that proceeded out of your mouth, whatever you sow with your mouth is what you will reap, therefore be positive in your word.

2. THOUGHTS: according to dictionary, thoughts is an idea or opinion produced by thinking, or occurring suddenly in the mind. someone once said that your thoughts directly influences how you feel and how you behave. 
Think about it. 

Harvard research has shown that you can increase your strength just by thinking about it, what other areas of your life can you change for the better simply by thinking about what you want? Use positive visualizations when goal setting because this has really strong results both from a motivational perspective and also from a Law of Attraction perspective. 

But if we want something to happen, the first thing we need to do is think about it happening. Willie Nelson once said, Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

3. ACTIONS: means something done or performed, an act, deed. The popular saying, thatTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Your action about everything matter a lot.

You may be equipped with tonnes of theory. You may have the best of skills, the most positive of attitudes and the strongest of beliefs. But if you just sits on your butt with all these attributes, nothing is going to come out of it.

Action is the basis of all success. Every action may not give success but at the same time no success is possible without action, Mahatma Gandhi said, 

''It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there will be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.''

4. POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Jesus Christ said in Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The Anchor Bible Dictionary, in its article on the Holy Spirit, describes it as "The manifestation of divine presence and power perceptible especially in prophetic inspiration" (Vol. 3, Doubleday, New York, 1992, p. 260).

Peter relates how "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, [and Jesus] went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him" (Acts 10:38). 

The Holy Spirit is here associated with the power by which God was with Him— the power through which Jesus Christ performed mighty miracles during His earthly, physical ministry. The Holy Spirit is the very presence of God's power actively working in His servants.

You need to abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit," in the same way that Jesus Christ had worked "in mighty signs and wonders , by the power of the Spirit of God. The Bible also shows that God inspires and guides His prophets and servants through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Peter noted that "prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:21). 

Paul stated that God's plan had been "revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets" (Ephesians:3:5), and that his own teachings were inspired by the spirit (1 Corinthians 2:13). 

Paul, in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, explains that God through His Spirit has revealed to us the things which He has prepared for those who love Him.

God the Father is the Revealer, working through His Spirit in those who serve Him.

God’s Word will help you learn to retaliate against your anxiety by filling your heart with truth and making it inhospitable to terror overcome self-imposed isolation by learning to think right so you can live right, spare your family unnecessary heartache by confronting your dysfunction so they don’t have to ruin you. 

It’s time to stop being your own worst enemy. Declare war and become the person, the spouse, the parent, and the leader God intended you to be. We are all created in the image of God. We don’t have to be chained by our feelings.

We don’t have to do the things we don’t want to do. We don’t have to be defined by our failures, mistakes, or sin. This is powerful! 

Yet how often do we not live based on this truth? One of the reasons I admire and respect Levi is his transparency and search for truth. He doesn’t shy away from the hard or ugly stuff. Through his own story, he strives to help others get out of their own way and into the truth of who they are in God.

The principles in this article will help you do just that stop being victimized by your bad behaviors and become the victor you were born to be. 

“Sometimes the mountain that needs moving is inside of you."

Get the book "I Declare War: Four Keys to Winning the Battle with Yourself" by Levi Lusko here.

By Levi Lusko, edited by E.A Olatoye

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