Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Our Spiritual Weapons

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10 v 4 - 6: "(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 
5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 
6  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."

Genesis 6 v 5: "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."

This Earth is a war zone on an unseen spiritual level that most people never know anything about. We are all victims of the carnage of spiritual warfare without understanding why. In Ephesians we read that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Our fight is not against human beings. Our fight is against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6 v 12 - 13: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

Armour consists of girdle of truth, intrastate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit - the Bible, prayer.

No earthly weapon can win this battle in the unseen realm. No guns or knives or bombs can kill evil spirits, therefore spiritual weapons are required to deal with them. Paul writes that these weapons are not carnal (visible or material) but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Our unseen weapons are very powerful. Like the enemy has a peashooter and we have tanks.

Our weapons enable us to cast down imaginations. The enemy has programmed our imaginations to enable him to control situations around us to cause us to be defeated.  Our imagination can take a headache and turn it into a fearful tumour. As Job says - that which you greatly fear shall come upon you. The enemy will play on your fears add a good dollop of doubt and that which you have imagined becomes reality.

We imagine our spouse is being unfaithful. We are tormented with jealousy and fear of losing our spouse. It is emphatically denied and the allegations are untrue but the imagination runs rampant and the torment continues until the marriage is murdered.

We imagine we are being monitored at work. Spied on and whispered about. We behave erratically until the need to be monitored is necessary.

Satans only weapon against us is bluff.   If we let him torment us he will continue until we are destroyed.  He is the master of the mind game.  Until we come under the protection of the Blood of Jesus and learn that we can challenge his bluff and turn the tables on him.

Isaiah says No weapon formed against us shall prosper. We need to use our spiritual weapons of faith in God's Word and His victory formula Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.

We can also cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Satan will use people to undermine our faith in God by sending a sceptic or an atheist to argue with us about the futility of God's existence. Cast down that high thing in Jesus' name. Let our faith and belief cause us to rise up and disagree with that unbeliever.  Let's give him something to mull over called truth and reality.

We must cast down those imaginations too. Rebuke those wayward thoughts and stand firm on the belief that Jesus has healed us 2000 years ago on the Cross. He took that tumour, that illness, that jealousy, that paranoia and He broke its power to hurt us. Believe in His ability to keep you well.

We can let a bird land on our head but don't let it make a nest in our hair. A bad thought can land in our mind but do not let it dwell there. Be swift to cast it down. Deny it any rights to torment us. Fear torments. Fear causes you to go from bad to worse to worst. If you let it. Nip it in the bud. Pray and ask the Lord to help you overcome the fears. Perfect love casts out fear. His perfect love that took everything upon Himself so we would not have to suffer. Then if we do suffer we cry Why did the Lord let this happen?

He has given us power and authority in spirit that we never think of exercising, therefore when a crisis comes we are unable to handle it spiritually.  We are Christians walking in the footprints of Jesus and we have the same authority and abilities He had. We must start using that authority and those abilities to perfect them for the times they are truly needed.

Our biggest problem is that we don't know we have these weapons but from today we have no excuse.  We now know that they are available and superior to anything the enemy has, and he wants us to never  discover this truth.  

We should put our faith and trust in Jesus to overcome every enemy suggestion. Build up our arsenal so that the enemy bypasses us and chooses easier prey.  He will only back off when he knows that we know how to use our sword, the Bible, effectively.

Isaiah 54 v 17: "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD."

Prayer: Heavenly Father forgive us for not knowing what You have written in Your Word to secure and preserve us. Teach us to know our true authority and weaponry and to use it with wisdom. In Jesus' name. Amen.