For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
I continue to be reminded that the Christian life is a never ending battle of struggles, a war with the world, our own flesh, and of course Satan. Thankfully in Ephesians we are given the list of armor that we need in fighting these battles but I often believe that we forget a piece or all of our armor. This is one reason that we are perhaps many times surprised when the battle hits harder than normal. We don't expect it and we aren't ready for it because we have bought into some lie that we are living our best life now.
In Sam Storms book, Convergence, he points out that there is an additional implement for battle that we often ignore in much of the church, prophecy. Storms premise for this comes from Paul's appeal to the young Timothy: "Timothy, please, I implore you as my spiritual son, don't even think about trying to fight Satan, the enemy of our faith, without drawing strength and encouragement and power from the prophetic words delivered to you! Never attempt to face opposition in the church apart from the reassurance that flows from those revelatory words you received. Timothy, there is strength and confidence for you in the truth and certitude of those Spirit-prompted utterances that came to you at your ordination. By all means fight. Never fear. But fight fearlessly through the power of those prophetic words!"
Storms goes on to answer how is it that one appeals to the prophetic words during a war time? "By constantly reminding oneself of God's commitment and presence and unshakeable purpose to enable Timothy (and us) to fight doubt and anxiety and fear and despair." For me this looks like remembering over my lifetime when people spoke prophetic words into my life, holding fast to these, and charging forward by doing what God has called me to do.
I agree with Stoms that this is a very neglecting but much needed implement for battle. Without such a thing one will either give up and quit, forget their purpose, or waste their time. So I encourage you to hold onto the words that God has given you in your life whether from others or to you directly because when the battle gets tough and you begin to question why it is that you do what you do, you will remember God's calling on your life.