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Spiritual Weapons

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“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not wage battle according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying arguments and all arrogance raised against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5


We have many natural, visual images of weaponry: swords, archery, rifles, artillery, aircraft, and so on. What we may have a tough time handling are spiritual weapons. This is because their imagery is less visible. Seeing an Abrams Tank firing and the following concussion easily informs us of its power. We can physically and audibly sense that force. Having the Holy Spirit guide you to a well or ask you to join an Ethiopian eunuch’s caravan can be mentally difficult.


We are comfortable with physical weaponry. Many are uncomfortable with a supernatural armory.


Our words are not just words, they are spiritual weapons at work. What we speak has an impact. When we vocalize the word of God, it is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow and able to critique the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Similarly, our prayers, when offered with faith and understanding, can move mountains and bring about miraculous transformations.


A married man at my church had been sleeping with another woman. I went to the brother privately and spoke to him about this sin. The man repented and returned to his wife. The ‘other woman’ was furious. She came to my house to confront me, saying I had no business interfering in her private life. Having invested in how to handle spiritual weapons, I was prepared to use the power of words and the Holy Spirit’s guidance system to discuss her root troubles, the ones that impelled her to seek out men who might take an interest in her.


I was experienced with the weapons at my disposal. I knew how to handle words following the Holy Spirit, and the encounter was seasoned with prayer. After this woman gave her life to Jesus and was baptized, many of us used the weapon of worship in preparation for the next battle.


Daily Battle Order: There are several spiritual weapons we can use. Most involve our voice and choices. We are commanded to pray using our spirit AND our intellect. Expect to be in circumstances where we must confront our enemy’s maneuvers. It is through daily practice and discipline that we become proficient in the handling of worship, supernatural insights into how to pray, and walking with the Holy Spirit. This commitment to our spiritual journey is what equips us to face the battles of life with strength and courage. 

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