Fear and intimidation is a trap that holds you back. But when you place your confidence in the Lord, you will be seated in the high place.Proverbs 29:25
On social media, I have shared that I am in the end stages of birthing a Bible study on the book of Job. And just like real birth, there have been some complications. Distractions and intimidation have been the biggest obstacles that I have been facing in the last two weeks. Today I wanted to talk about the intimidation part, because I know that it is something we all face in our lives. Like the book of Proverbs says, intimidation is a trap. It can derail your destiny. But God has a solution for that problem, and I want to share with you how to overcome intimidation in your life today.
In the Bible, there is a specific story where we see a spirit of intimidation manifesting against the kingdom of Judah. The commander of Sennacherib’s army has a speech found in chapter thirty-six of Isaiah. Let’s take a look at what he said.
What makes you so confident? You think you have a strategy and defensive might, but mere words are no match for my army! In whom are you trusting for help that you rebel against me?
Sennacherib is an arrogant king who has conquered every land around Judah. He mocks Hezekiah for his confidence in God’s help and tells him that there is no hope for them. Does that sound familiar? Satan’s voice is speaking through Sennacherib, and he is trying to intimidate Hezekiah into thinking that they will be taken by Assyria. Here is more of what Sennacherib said to the people of Judah:
Don’t let Hezekiah mislead you, for there is nothing he can do to save you. Don’t be deceived when he tries to persuade you to trust in Yahweh, saying to you, “Yahweh will come to our rescue and our city will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.” Don’t be deceived by Hezekiah’s empty words when he says to you, “Yahweh will save us.” Has any god ever saved a nation from the mighty hand of the king of Assyria?
God was showing Hezekiah in this situation that this wasn’t a duel between Sennacherib and Hezekiah, it was really a duel between Yahweh and Satan. When Hezekiah laid his case out before God in prayer, the Lord answered him and fought the battle for him. That night the angel of Yahweh came into the Assyrian camp and slaughtered 185,000 soldiers. When morning came, there were only dead bodies in the enemy’s camp! There is something to learn here from this story. We face that same spirit in our world today, but we are not facing it alone. Just like with Hezekiah, Yahweh will help us in our time of need.
Laying Your Case Before God
Prayer has different dimensions. The first takes place on a battlefield, where we employ our spiritual weapons against the enemy. The second dimension takes place in a courtroom, where we lay our cases before God. Hezekiah knew to enter the second dimension of prayer and seek the Lord as the Judge. We can do that as well when we face intimidation. The evidence you use in the heavenly courtroom is God’s Word, His promises. That is what Hezekiah did in chapter thirty-seven. He brought the problem before God as Judge, “O Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies, the God of Israel, you are enthroned between the wings of the cherubim and you reign supreme as God over all the kingdoms of the world, for you alone are Creator of heaven and earth.” (37:16) It became a court case. Sennacherib had all this evidence and used it as a scare tactic against Hezekiah to get him to back down and give up. But Hezekiah went to the Judge, and the Judge put a stop to Sennacherib.
When intimidation tries to get you to quit what God has called you to do, you must go to court! We have authority in heaven to bring cases before the throne. “Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].” (Hebrews 4:16) Jesus now gives us special privileges in the heavenly courts, and He is our defense attorney. He gives us authority to win cases that Satan brings against us that would otherwise stop us from moving forward in our calling. Like the book of Hebrews says, we are to come boldly before God’s throne. This isn’t a fight between you and intimidation. It is a fight between God and Satan. When you change your perspective on what is really going on, you can recognize that your problem is about to meet Almighty God. And your problems don’t stand a chance against the Commander of Angel Armies!
Rebuking the Spirit
We dot not battle against flesh and blood. Our real struggle is not with people, but it is against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. You must rebuke the spirit of intimidation. It only has authority if you give it authority. God has given you the responsibility to forbid hell from gaining dominion on the earth, and He has also given you the power to permit Heaven’s solutions. Binding and loosing are strategies in our spiritual warfare in the heavenly courtroom. Binding is forbidding Satan’s agenda, and loosing is permitting Heaven’s agenda. To overcome and win the battle, you have got to rise up in your authority. The Bible tells us to submit to the Lord and resist the devil. When we do that, there is a promise that the devil will flee. This promise is conditional, because we must submit to God and resist Satan first.
Prayer Against Intimidation
God, I submit myself to you and present this problem before your throne. I know that this battle I am facing isn’t against people but is against the powers of darkness. I rebuke the spirit of intimidation and I forbid it from operating against me and against God’s Kingdom in Jesus name. I command the spirit of Sennacherib to shut up now in Jesus name. And I loose the peace of Christ into this situation. Thank you, Lord, for showing me that this battle does not belong to me, but it belongs to you. I take my position in the heavenly places, far above the spirit of intimidation. Thank you, Jesus, for defending my case before the Father. Jesus Christ, you are master, savior, Lord and King! Amen.