Summary: The Believer’s Weapons in Spiritual Warfare
Weapons of our Warfare
The apostle Paul writes,
“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 & we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” ( 2 Corinthians 10 : 4,5 ).
In the spiritual warfare that every christian believer is involved, several invaluable weapons can be effectively used by him or her to destroy the enemy, however great or powerful the enemy be.
Worship, ( praise & thanksgiving with psalms, hymns & spiritual songs and with other tongues), the Blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, the Word of God ( Sword of the Spirit), prayers & fasting are the main weapons that every believer can use against the enemy. Faith is one important factor that is significant in the usage of the weapons for without faith one cannot please God according to Hebrews 11:6.
“ And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him”.
Holiness, Obedience to God, Seperation and Consecration to God, all matter in the effectivity of the weapons. In fact, holiness itself is a weapon that can destroy the enemy. With it, Jesus won a great victory on the cross over the powers of darkness. The enemy cannot stand holines for that is the true nature of God. Being holy brings power ( the light of God) in to our life that can counter the darkness that the enemy brings.
The authenticity of Worship can be discerned if we really knew whatwas happening in the spiritual realm while we worship. At a certain point in our life, amidst great persecution from the enemy, as we worshipped the Lord with songs of praise and thanksgiving, my wife saw very few angels appearing on the scene after the worship and often the presence of the enemy rather than Jesus. This confused and perplexed us. We asked Jesus why this was so and the Holy Spirit pointed out that the quality of the worship determines the outcome and results. In Family worship, often children are distracted by the enemy and they do not take part in the worship which dullens the quality of the worship. The tactics of the enemy are very subtle and their aim is to make the worship powerless. They may irritate infants/babies making then cry excessively and spoil the effect iveness of the worship. Spirits of laziness, irritation, anger, lethargy and others may try to dullen the worship. Not only family worship. Church worship loses its effectiveness because of the nonparticipation of certain members. Nonparticipation does not necessarily mean they do not sing/pray. They may do all that but their mind is some where else. Like a few days back in our church worship, things did not seem to be flowing smoothly though we were praising with songs. On enquiring of the Lord He showed my wife through a vision that all but one of the church members were sitting around a table enjoying a banquet in the presence of Jesus. One sat aloof ( not with us) eating his own food. Unless the mind of each member is on Christ during worship, the effectiveness and eventually the outcome suffers.
When the Holy Spirit taught us these things, we put a renewed effort in our family worship and the results were really breathtaking. As soon as we worshipped the Lord with all our body, mind, spirit, soul and strength and concentrated on Jesus in worship, the presence of the angels of God just increased by leaps and bounds. The whole house was filled with angels and the presence of Jesus was instantaneous. An enemy approached but could not get through anywhere near us for such was the enormous presence of the angels of God.
True worship really makes the enemy go crazy. “A pest of a spirit” once troubled us for many days. It had a sidekick or an assistant who had a head like a coconut. We called it “ coconut head”. It used to spy on on us for its master. Coming in and going out as it desired. This was before the Holy Spirit instructed and corrected our worship. When our worship gained a new dimension, this spirit tried to come in as usual but seemed to go crazy hearing us sing and praise the Lord with a whole heart. It started shaking its head, holding its head in its hands not able to stand the worship. This made it’s master angry who chided it, but eventually both boss and sidekick learnt that they won’t be able to stand the continual torment of worship and vanished, never to return again.