Fighting spiritual battles: how should we fight?
Greetings in the name of the Lord, I pray that you are well and blessed. As we approach Thanksgiving I am looking forward to visiting family and friends in the Gonzales area and hope to catch up with as many of you as I can.
I was driving at work today thinking about what I might share this week and this passage of scripture came to mind. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, which reads, 3 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;).
I personally have memorized this passage. It is a staunch reminder that we are not fighting against men in a war using conventional weapons. Paul clearly states our battle is won or lost in the unseen realm of the spirit. This passage is powerful when used as a sword to thwart the enemy when trials and temptations come our way. Let’s break down the components to see all that Paul is saying.
First off he tells us that even though we occupy a fleshly body we do not war with or against flesh and blood. Our battle is fought against demonic spirits as he shows us in Ephesians 6:12 “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.”
So if we are fighting a spiritual battle then we must use spiritual weapons that he tells us are mighty through God. These weapons are the Word of God and prayer. A perfect example of using the Word as a weapon is Jesus being tempted in the wilderness.
When Satan tempted Him and even tried to use scripture against Jesus, He replied “It is written” and then quoted passages from the book of Deuteronomy.
This also shows us why we must memorize scripture, as we don’t always have a Bible handy. As we build a net of verses in our heart, when Satan attacks us we can recall the Word and use it to trap and cast down imaginations or thoughts.
Notice I said the word is in our heart, we memorize it but as it transforms us by the renewing of our mind this produces fruit in our lives, indicative that it has found a home in our heart. David memorized scripture according to Psalm 119:11 “I have stored up Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” [ESV]
Next weapon is prayer. Prayer knows no bounds; we can touch Heaven when we pray. We can touch someone or a situation that is many miles away by prayer.
The title of this article poses the question “How Should We Fight?” We fight on our knees, and if we do this fervently with clean hands and a pure heart towards God we will triumph every time.
Praying in our understanding [our language] or praying in the Spirit [tongues] as we are led by the Holy Spirit is a weapon that the enemy hates. You can stand between Satan and your friends and family by prayer. Now when we choose to stand in such a manner be prepared for an increase of the warfare in your life, yet if it is Spirit led you can rest assured that God will shield you.
The effective prayer of a righteous man or woman can accomplish much. This being the case then a group of people can accomplish exceedingly more.
A final thought is to pray the Word. By combining these two weapons there is no demon that can withstand such an assault. Praise God!
So finally let’s define a stronghold, it is simply a fortress that the enemy uses to attack us from. It comes from lack of God’s word in our heart, a lack of prayer, or from hidden sin in the life of a believer. But by using the above mentioned weapons we can overcome all the wiles of the enemy. Amen…