For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)(2 Corinthians 10:4-5 AMP)
We are engaged in a battle, but we are not fighting against people (flesh and blood). We are fighting against forces and authorities, and against rulers of darkness and powers in the heavenlies. Satan is our enemy.
(Ephesians 6:12 KJV)
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:22-28 that Satan has a highly organized kingdom with various areas and levels of authority. Whether we choose to believe it or not, every true born-again believer is a target, and is constantly engaged in a conflict with this kingdom and its evil forces. Satan has no time for nominal Christians, so the more effective the believer is, the more savage are the attacks. There is no escaping them. The object of this conflict is to thwart the work of Christ in the lives of believers. It is a daily life and death battle.
(Job 1:7 KJV)
And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
(1 Peter 5:8 AMP)
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
(Revelation 12:12 AMP)
But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in fierce anger (fury), because he knows that he has [only] a short time [left]!)
Like any other battle, the believer has to be armed with weapons with which to fight. These weapons are not bullets, bombs, tanks or war planes. For though we live in a body here on earth, we are not of this world (John 17:16, Philippians 3:20). Our war is not in the physical realm, but in the spiritual realm. We therefore have to use weapons that are appropriate for the nature of the war. Since the war is spiritual in nature, and takes place in the spiritual realm, the weapons must be spiritual.
Where is the battlefield of this conflict? It is in the mind. Satan and his dark evil forces are in an all out war to take captive the minds on man by building “strongholds”. These “strongholds” create false arguments against God in the minds of men and prevent them from receiving the message of the Gospel.
The believer’s responsibility, as soldiers of Christ (2 Timothy 2:3), is to go to war with our spiritual weapons and break down these “strongholds” to liberate those taken captive, and to bring them into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
The believer’s arsenal, given to us by God, consists of two categories of spiritual weapons with which to do battle.
1. The Defensive Weapons or The Armor of God – six weapons to protect the believer from head to toe, except in the back.
(i) The girdle of truth
(ii) The breastplate of righteousness
(iii) The shoes of the preparation of the gospel
(iv) The shield of faith
(v) the helmet of salvation
(vi) The sword of the Spirit
2. The Offensive Weapons -four weapons of attack to enable the believer to create an assault and cast down Satan’s “strongholds”.
Used effectively, these spiritual weapons of warfare are very powerful. No soldier goes into war without his weapons. Therefore, as a soldier of Christ in a continuous battle, the believer should daily wield his weapons to combat the enemy.
Next: The Weapons of Our Warfare Part 2 – The Defensive Armor
Jesus is Lord!
Glory to God!