24. STANDING our GROUND and using our WEAPONS
Question and answer: “The devil is our enemy, so what weapons do we have to fight with?”
The great news is that we are on the winning side, but we should never become complacent. Our spiritual weapons are the word of God (the Bible), self-discipline, prayer in the Holy Spirit, praise, the name of Jesus, our testimony, His blood and our spiritual armour.
Revelations 12:11 ‘They overcame him (Devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…’
In the Bible there is a picture of Christians as soldiers of Christ; we have been enlisted into God’s army. In a sense we have the latest technology, as our weapons are proven as superior over our enemy the Devil 2 Timothy 2:3-4.
Wisdom: If we use the wrong tactics, then we may lose some ground.
Our weapons: The word of God is seen as a sword Hebrews 4:12. When Jesus was in the wilderness for forty days, He kept on quoting the Scriptures to the Devil (Luke 4:1-13). Self-discipline. If you’re unsure if ‘it’ is a sin, play safe and do not do it. Praise and worship is also seen as a two edged sword in your hand Psalm 149:6. The Devil hates praise going to God, - he even wanted Jesus to bow down and worship him! Luke 4:7. Jesus is the name over all; He defeated Satan on the cross of Calvary Philippians 2:10, Colossians 2:15. We can also plead the blood of Jesus over our lives. The blood is like a covering that Satan fears. Exodus 12:21-30, Matthew 26:28, John 19:34, Hebrews 9-11. We have spiritual armour. We have to walk in truth, faith, righteousness, peace, prayer and stand on the word of God Ephesians 6:10-18. Always remember that the Holy Spirit who is in you is stronger than the Devil, so continually submit and obey Him 1 John 4:4.
1 John 3:8 ‘Jesus came to destroy the works of the evil one’
Fact: If you habitually sin, it will give the devil a legal stronghold in your life. The problem will only get worse, until you repent.
Wisdom: Often when we get discouraged we don’t want to read the Bible, pray or worship God. The devil is trying to defeat us, so make sure you press in when the going gets tough. Fight back, and hit him hard!
Think: Do I use my weapons of warfare often enough?
More Info: Zechariah 3, Romans 12:1,21, 1 Corinthians 6:12, Ephesians 6:12. .
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