|Series Theme: Spiritual Warfare|
Title: 14. Fighting: c) Our Weapons
We now move on to the 3rd page about how we actually go about fighting in the spiritual world. These four pages will cover Our Position, Our Protection, our Weapons, and Spirit-led Prayer
On this page we continue by considering Our Weapons.
1. What we fight against
Consider 2 Cor 10:3-5
There the apostle, Paul, says that we fight in a different way to the way the material world does. The things we fight with in the spiritual world have power to destroy spiritual strongholds, demolishing arguments against God and instead take every thought captive to come in line with God's will.
Question: What does Paul obviously consider the fight is against?
Question: And where does the battle obviously take place?
Answer: In our minds.
NB. We do not use the weapons the world would use, e.g. criticism, deceit, deviousness, scheming, cunning etc. but we are to use the weapons that God gives us.
2. The Weapons we use
Question: So what is righteousness?
Answer: It is the declaration by God that in Christ you have been made good in His sight, and from now on you are living God's way (led by God's Spirit and following God's laws).
Question: So how do we "use" righteousness defensively?
Answer: When the enemy attacks with his lies, seeking to create doubt or uncertainty in us, questioning us or even accusing us - "You're a failure, you're a mess, call yourself a Christian!" - we reply with the truth - "I am accepted by God because of what Christ has done for me, and He is changing me into His likeness, but it is taking time, but we're working on it together!" In other words, you don't let him put you down!
Question: So how do we "use" righteousness to attack.
Answer: When all others around you are acting unrighteously, you continue to act righteously. Your righteous acts will act as light, and darkness has to flee before light (Mt 5:16). Or as it says in Rom 12:21b, we are to overcome evil by being and doing good.
In other words, we are to first to overcome wrong by doing what is right! i.e. our righteous acts, blessed by God, will bring down other people's wrongs.
We need to determine in our mind that we will only act righteously.
When we pray as the Lord leads us, we will be praying out the Lord's will and we will be opening the way for Him to change things and overcome the enemy.
We'll consider the whole subject of Spirit-led pray in the fourth of these pages.
2.3 The Sword = the word of God
This means that as the Holy Spirit places His word in your mind in any particular situation and we apply it (believe it and speak it out), He applies it with power to change that person or situation.
That word may be:
Depending on the way the Holy Spirit leads us we may:
3. The Act and the Effect