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Summary: This week, we are considering a message entitled, “Unusual weapons against stubborn enemies.” Let us take our first Bible passage from the book of Exodus 15 verse 3, which says, “The Lord is a man of war. The Lord is His name.”

This week, we are considering a message entitled, “Unusual weapons against stubborn enemies.” Let us take our first Bible passage from the book of Exodus 15 verse 3, which says, “The Lord is a man of war. The Lord is His name.”

If there were no war to fight, the Lord would not be described as a man of war, and if the Lord is a man of war, His children ought to be men and women of war as well. In Psalm 23: 7-8, it is written, “Lift up your heads O ye gates and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in, who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” Here we are told that the Lord is a man of war, therefore we are supposed to be soldiers in God’s army involved in serious warfare. The seriousness of this kind of warfare can be seen in Psalm 17 verse 8-10, which says, “Keep me as the apple of thy eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings. From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about. They are enclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.” And verses 12-14 of the same Psalm 17 say, “Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places. Arise O Lord, disappoint him, cast him down, deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword; from men which are thy hands. O Lord, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure, they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.”

This implies that witches can transfer their case files to their children. No wonder the Psalmist asked God to arise in anger, and whenever God arises in anger, divine weapons are sent to deal with stubborn enemies.

Nahum 1:6 says, “Who can stand before his indignation? And who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? His fury is poured out like fire and the rocks are thrown down by him.” Verse 2 Nahum chapter 1 reveals that the Lord reserves His anger for future use on His stubborn enemies. “God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth, and is furious, the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and He reserveth wrath for his enemies.”

In a good training school for soldiers, they are taught how to recognize and use weapons. All serious Christians in the school of spiritual warfare need this training. Two examples of warfare weapons that many of us know little about are ‘proclamation’ and ‘blessing.’

1. PROCLAMATION: Let us look at the weapon of proclamation in Exodus 33 verse 19: “And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.” Also Isaiah 61 verse 1 says: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”

To proclaim means to announce publicly and officially. The origin is from the Latin word translated, “to shout aloud.” Proclamation is an official announcement made publicly. What then should be the content of our proclamation as a prayer weapon? Our proclamation should be the word of God, that is, the gospel and testimony of the mighty things that God has done, is doing and will do. Satan hates the prayer of proclamation and he is frightened each time you announce the truth boldly. For example, when you proclaim that God is a wonderful Counsellor, and King of kings, you frighten the enemy. Also when you say, “In Jesus’ name, every throne and authority established against my life shall be cast down from its rotten foundation,” it frightens the enemy.

2. BLESSING: This is another weapon that is not used much by Christians. Isaac, Esau and Jacob knew much about blessings than we do these days. If you read the book of Genesis very well, you will find that Isaac realized that he had been tricked into blessing Jacob instead of Esau. In Genesis 27: 33, it is written, “And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.”

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