Summary: A teaching about some of the spiritual weapons that Christians have to defeat the enemy.
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. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 KJV says - "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."
We are flesh and blood humans, so we are still in a fleshly body, however, we are not to do war according to flesh and blood standards. The war we fight now is a spiritual war with a real enemy - the devil, and we are well equipped with supernatural weapons that will destroy every attack that the devil and his demons assault us with. The weapons we have are mighty weapons that get the job done. Weapons that pull down every stronghold the enemy hits us with. It's called a strong hold for a reason - because it has a strong hold upon our lives if we don't successfully recognize it, and eliminate it. When the Word says to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, it's talking about those times when the devil will whisper his lies in your ear to see if you will side with what he's saying. This is where we must be on our spirtual toes. When the devil blurts out his pathetic lies, we immediately resist him, and cast that thought down, and command it to be obedient to the Word of God. James 4:7 says - "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Many times we like to quote the last half of that verse, but in truth, the only way the last half will work, is if we are doing what the first half says! It says to Submit ourselves to God. When we submit to God and walk in His ways, then we have the authority to successfully resist the devil, and he has no choice but to flee from us.
So, what are these weapons that we have to fight the good fight of faith? Well, there are several, and I want to show you some of them. First off, we have The Name of Jesus. The Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, is the Name that is above all names, and when we speak that Name, the devil and his demons tremble. The demonic kingdom knows the power in the Name of Jesus because Jesus defeated the devil when He hung on the cross and paid the price for the whole world. Jesus took the keys of death, hell, and the grave and made a public spectacle of the demonic kingdom. Philippians 2:9-11 says - "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." When you are in a crisis situation and don't know what to do, just speak the Name of Jesus, and watch as your situation turns around for the good. Proverbs 18:10 says - "The Name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." There is power in the Name of Jesus !
The next spirtual weapon we have is The blood of Jesus. Oh what power there is in the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ. During the old covenant they only had the blood of bulls and goats, but under the new covenant, we have the shed blood of Jesus which cleanses from sin (1 John 1:7), and heals, redeems, and gives protection to the believer. There is life in the blood - (Leviticus 17:11). The bible states that we are overcomers because of the blood. Just look at Revelation 12:11 - "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." We overcome the devil by the very blood of Jesus Christ - the Lamb upon the Throne. Christians need to understand the power and protection there is in the blood. Learn to daily plead the blood over yourself, your family, friends, car, etc. The enemy can't get past the blood line when it is proclaimed by faith. There is wonder working power in the blood !