IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE.
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;”
2nd Corinthians 10:4
Summary: A teaching about some of the spiritual weapons that Christians have to defeat the enemy.
This very day, men and women, we are engaged in a battle which will last for the remainder of our lives. Are there recruits here who will fight for King Jesus? Come and join us in the fight of faith! If you follow him it is to the life of the soldier that he calls you. There can be no escape from the strife, no truce, no cowardly withdrawal. This is Christian warfare with a world system which organises itself against the Lord and his Christ. It is a fight against remaining sin. It is a battle without any quarter being given on either side against the devil and all his devices. There are even enemies in our own camp. Remember the apostolic warning: “Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:30).
We walk (live) in the flesh, but our warfare is not according to the flesh.
We are a 3-part being – body, soul, and spirit
Our warfare is neither in the soul
Our warfare is in the spirit – to war in the spirit, your spirit must be alive, not dead
You cannot fight a warfare in the spirit using physical weapons
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal – they are not physical weapons
The weapons of our warfare are mighty through God
The purpose of the weapons
To overthrow strongholds (strong holds) – what are strongholds?
To cast down imaginations – thoughts in the heart
To cast down every high thing (proud and lofty things) that sets itself up against the knowledge of God
To bring every thought into the obedience of Christ.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we instantly become a target for the enemy – the devil. We have to come to the understanding that as Christians, we have been given many spiritual weapons to defeat the attacks of the devil and his cohorts. The kingdom of darkness has no authority over us as long as we know who we are in Christ, and the weapons we have to fight the good fight of faith.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; 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; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”
2nd Corinthians 10:3-6
Apostle Paul’s Example as a warrior for Christ:
“Everywhere his rear was threatened by an all-engulfing paganism or by a perverted Judaism that had missed the real purpose of the Old Testament law. Read the epistles with care, and you see Paul always in conflict. At one time he fights paganism in life, the notion that all kinds of conduct are lawful to the Christian man, a philosophy that makes Christian liberty a mere aid to pagan license. At another time he fights paganism in thought, the sublimation of the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of the body into the pagan doctrine of the immortality of the soul. At still another time, he fights the effort of human pride to substitute man’s merit as the means of salvation for divine grace; he fights the subtle propaganda of the Judaizers with its misleading appeal to the Word of God. Everywhere we see the great apostle in conflict for the preservation of the church. It is as though a mighty flood were seeking to engulf the church’s life; dam the break at one point in the levee, and another break appears somewhere else. Everywhere paganism was seeping through; not for one moment did Paul have peace; always he was called upon to fight”
How different are the weapons God supplies the church. They have come from the hand of God, perfect for the early church, far superior to anything that the world could invent. They have needed no modification nor improvement in the past 2,000 years. They are state of the art weaponry, designed in the council chambers of eternity, fully equipping the church for all God intends his people to do. These weapons are in Christ. That is, they were forged in the heat of Golgotha, that great weapon-making factory which God planted on this planet. They are given to the church by the risen Christ. He told the early church to wait in Jerusalem until he had given them these weapons at Pentecost, and he has never ceased giving them to his people. These weapons are mighty because they are Spirit and they are life.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” (v.4). These weapons are not the ones the world uses. They are God’s gifts to us, and we disdain the use of any others. Men without God cannot understand our weapons. They seem utterly inadequate. Goliath took one look at the sling and five smooth stones that young David had taken from the brook and he laughed him to scorn. He had no idea just how effective David’s weapons were going to be.
What are these weapons? One would be faith. What subdues kingdoms and obtains promises and achieves extraordinary works of righteousness? It is faith. That is the great theme of Hebrews chapter 11. Those men and women believed in God and so they obeyed him completely. The victory that overcomes the world is our faith. When God opened the eyes of the servant of Elisha he could see that the horses and chariots of God were camping round about his master and himself. Do you understand? By faith we know that the Lord of hosts is with us and the God of Jacob is our refuge. We become more than conquerors as we keep trusting God. The most effective evangelists are those whose faith in God is great.
Another weapon is prayer. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). When Elijah prayed the fire fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifice and also the water in the trench around it. Through prayer Hezekiah’s life was lengthened. Through prayer the Syro-Phoenician woman had her daughter healed. How could the Lord himself have survived in his own life without often crying to his heavenly Father for his help?
Then again, what a mighty weapon is the truth. Consider the claims the Bible makes, that the Word of God is like a hammer that breaks an impregnable rock in pieces, that it is alive and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. How have all of you come to know and love God? It has been by the power of the Word of God.
The weapons God gives his church are righteousness, faith, prayer but especially Scripture. The Spirit’s sword is the Word of God, that whole body of Christian truth, all its promises and warnings, the full revelation of its glory in Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the whole counsel of God.
Father, I submit to you.
I submit every lofty thing in my mind that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ.
By the power of your Holy Spirit, pull down every stronghold in the battleground of my mind.
By the power of your Holy Spirit. Take my every thought captive into the Obedience of Christ.
I surrender my thought life, purify it Lord.
I will not fear. Teach me to forgive.
And I declare: I am victorious in Christ.
In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
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