Title: WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE – Battle Ready and Victory Conscious (1)
”For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,”II Corinthians 10:3-4
I once heard a servant of God say that the believer has not been called to fun-fare but to warfare. This is true. The reason many of us travel to a point in our Christian journey where it seems like our oppositions are surprisingly overwhelming is because we were given a foundation of faith built on false promises. We were told we wouldn’t engage any confrontation once we become born again. We were told all our problems would be taken away the moment we come into Christ Jesus. But, one day we will get to the point where reality will have to strip us of those ideas and invite us into something more real. Our faith, our strength, our convictions are built through storms.
The Christian journey is a path paved with countless battles and conflicts. I usually say that it’s like swimming against the current of a great water body. It’s easier to swim along with the current effortlessly than to swim against it. Satan would not bother anyone as long as you’re walking down his path. But the moment you make a U-turn, you become his target. And our lives are many times marked by these attacks: attacks on our faith, on our jobs, on our businesses, on our health, on our children or spouses or families, on our finances, etc.
But when these battles come, it’s very important to know something: God is not behind it but He is behind you! And He has provided your victory already in Christ Jesus. When Jesus died and rose again, He conquered the devil and all his hosts, and gave the saints the authority. The saints need to realize and accept that our fight is not “to” victory but “from” a place of victory already. We are not fighting to enter victory, we are fighting to maintain the victory. But, my focus today is, we are in and must engage in the fighting.
When soldiers are going for war, they need weapons: swords, guns, spears, shields, etc. Whatever turns the tide for their favor, they’ll use it. The Bible makes it clear that everyone else may use physical weapons and target flesh and blood, but the believers fight on another level. Our battlefield is not here, it’s spiritual. This is because the spiritual controls the physical the same way a hand is what pulls the trigger of a gun. No gun is ever arrested for shooting by itself, there’s an external mechanism that makes that happen. That’s who they arrest. This is what saints can do, they arrest and deal with the source, the spiritual.
So, at the face of your challenge, remember these: you’re at war with a foe that’s out for your soul. Your battle is not from God but He has already provided your victory through Jesus Christ, you don’t fight to victory but from the place of victory, and our fight is not against people but the powers of the spiritual dimension which controls the physical dimension.
Now, how do we engage in our own battles? We do so through the secret place. It is the place where we connect to the spiritual from this realm. On our knees, in prayers, in praise, in our closet, that engagement that is not of this side of reality, that’s how we engage in our own fight. You’re not fighting by complaining and murmuring about your challenges. You’re not engaging your victory weapons by worrying. You’re not engaging your winning advantage by being angry, quitting or being afraid, etc. These are not ways for fighting at all. All of them will meet you and leave you the exact same way or even worse.
But how glorious it is when we are battle ready. How wonderful it is when we know our place and we’re implementing our victory from there. This is how we fight our battles. We pray. We praise. We declare our victory even in the midst of loss. We declare our advancement even when we feel stranded. We rejoice and dance even when there is no reason to. This is how we fight our battles.
Are you battle ready and willing to take that fight to your own arena? Go on your knees, pour out your heart before your God standing upon the grounds of everything Jesus died for you to have. Enforce them by that right. You may not know what you’re doing but you’re fighting a battle there. That door will open, that heart will change and that situation will turn around this season for good, in Jesus name, amen.
Engage in your fight!
(Eph. 6:10-18, 2Cor. 2:14, James 1:13)