Summary: We can learn how to deal with Satan's attacks by understanding the weapons of our warfare provided by Christ.
Valley Grove Assembly of God
May 5, 2012
The Weapons of our Warfare
Scripture: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. II Cor. 10:4
INTRODUCTION: There is not a day that goes by that we don’t hear the word weapons on the news. We hear about assault weapons, weapons of mass destruction, chemical weapons. On and on it goes. We live in a very dangerous world surrounded by people who want to injure and kill people for most any reason. Sometimes there is no explanation for it. They do it just because they can do it. There is no way to know where these people might set up their destructiveness at a moment’s notice. We know that Satan infiltrates our world using all kinds of things to destroy people. Scripture tell us that “the thief cometh not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: Jesus said, I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
We could spend a lot of time trying to figure out why all of these evil things are happening in our world; but we are also told in I Peter 4:12, “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to test you as though some strange thing happened to you.” We have been given hope to overcome these things in spite of what Satan tries to do against us. In John 16:33NIV, Jesus told his disciples, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” It is our job as Christians to not dwell on the whys so much but prepare ourselves to deal with how to handle things as they come our way. Jesus gives us the hope to believe that He has overcome the world in spite of what our situation looks like. Satan’s destructiveness comes in many different forms. Not only does he come in the form of terrorists throughout the world, he also attacks us in our minds causing us to doubt God. I hear Christians say, “I know God can do it, but I don’t know if He will do it for me.” Satan, more than ever, is attacking people through sickness and disease. Before Jesus went back to heaven after the resurrection He told his disciples, “I will not leave you comfortless.” I am not going to abandon you and leave you to fend for yourself. “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18.) Some people will say, “the Holy Spirit is just a force, but that is not scriptural.” We know that on the day of Pentecost the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, came to guide us and direct us in our daily lives. John 16:13 says, when HE, the Spirit of truth, is come, HE will guide you into all truth.” Too often we let the things slip that we have heard and read in scripture that will help us in our warfare. Hebrews 2:1 tells us “therefore, we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”