“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
II Corinthians 10:4-6 NKJV
So often I find that we are so quick to throw that scripture about but how often do we use scripture lackadaisically but not search out the depths of the meaning behind it.
It is a form of blasphemy to speak without reverence of the things of God. We can’t go around wearing the badge of God but failing to honour the truth of what we claim to represent.
Do we really know what it means to battle not in carnality but in spiritual places? What does it truly demand and expect of you? More often than not we talk about the deeper things of God but the moment trials come we revert to following our instincts and trying to use worldly solutions.
We begin to worry about the things working against us on earth and want to deal with each issue one by one forgetting that we have in us the capacity, the strength and the authority to sort it out once and for all in the place of the spirit.
So how do we battle things in spiritual places?
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:12-13 NKJV
In Ephesians 6, it reminds us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood so then to prepare fo the battle at hand put on the armour of God.
Girt your loins with truth. There is power in dealing in honesty, with the truth of your situation. The truth of your situation is what God says about it not the facts. Living in truth is whose report do you believe and how do you relate to others
Have on the breastplate if righteousness. Do you acknowledge that you are cloaked in the righteousness of Christ? You are in right standing with God, free of shame and guilt.
Your feet firm in the gospel of peace. Understanding that when Jesus died on the cross peace was delivered to us.
Take up the shield of faith. The shield protects in battle, that lets us know how important it is that we are secure in what we believe. So every lie the devil brings your way is brought captive by the truth you stand firm in.
The helmet of salvation. Know that you’re salvation is secure, you have already be saved, you are not fighting for survival, you don’t need to fight out of desperation.
The Sword of the Spirit. Our sword is the Word of God. We lay to waste the enemy with the Word, all things but be rooted in the Word of God.
And all of this cement into action through PRAYER.
“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
Ephesians 6:18 NLT