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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Weapons of Spiritual Warfare

There is a war going on around us every day of our lives. But this war is not against an enemy that we can see. It is not against flesh and blood. The war that we are fighting is against a spiritual enemy, both in this world and in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 6:12).

In this war, the weapons that we must use are not the weapons of the world. We cannot fight this enemy with guns, with cannons, or with swords made by man. Fortunately for us, God has provided us with weapons that have divine power. These are spiritual weapons that can tear down the strongholds of our enemy (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). These weapons are prayer, praise, and the Word of God.

Prayer is a weapon that the Israelites used in 1 Chronicles 5:19-20. As they went to battle against the Hagrites and their allies, the Israelites cried out to God in prayer. Because they trusted in Him, God answered their prayers and delivered the enemy into their hands. When we are in a battle with our spiritual enemy and we cry out to God for help, He will answer and give us the victory we seek when we trust and believe (Matthew 21:22).

Praise is another powerful weapon against our enemy. When we lift our voices in praise to God, the sound of that praise is something that our enemy hates. If you are like me, the sound of someone dragging their fingernails along a blackboard is quite irritating. It hurts your ears and sets your teeth on edge. That's what our praise is like to our enemy. Psalm 149:6-9 says that our praise has the ability to bind and shackle our enemy, especially when it is wielded along with the next weapon in our arsenal--the Word of God.

The Word of God is a double-edged sword (Ephesians 6:17). It is sharper than any man-made sword. It is alive and powerful. It can pierce through both soul and spirit and has the ability to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). That's why the enemy is unable to stand against it. The Word of God is the truth. Our enemy, on the other hand, is a liar and the father of lies. Truth will always overcome lies.

When you face the enemy in battle, when you are fighting for yourself or your family, always put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-17) as protection. Then, wield the arsenal of weapons that God has given us--prayer, praise, and the Word of God. With them, God will give you victory.

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