Fleshly Weapons Aren’t Permitted In Spiritual Warfare

June 5, 2013

Fleshly Weapons aren’t Permitted In spiritual Warfare

          Christians need to know that they are in a battle.  Ephesians 6:10-18 makes that abundantly clear to us.  “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.    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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;    And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.    And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:    Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

The gospel isn’t a promise of happiness and prosperity.  Matthew 5:45 says, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”  The storms of life also come to the just and the unjust.  Christians also have battles to fight.  The verses above tell us what weapons we are to use to fight our battles.

II Corinthians 10:3-5 tells us that we are not to use carnal weapons. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  Our enemies often use them, but we can’t.  The following are some examples of carnal weapons:

  1.  Lying
  2. Deceit
  3. Intimidation
  4. Criticism
  5. Ostracism
  6. Slander
  7. Flattery
  8. Vengeance
  9. Contention

It’s true that we can often come out winning by using these weapons, but it’s beneath the dignity of a child of God to use them.  Goliath stood up against little David with ridicule.  David responded by saying,  “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”

We have a right to defend ourselves, but not with carnal weapons.  Ephesians 4:1-3 says, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;    endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”  The truth is our best defense.  What we say about our opponents, to the best of our knowledge, should be the truth. It should be said in the kindest way possible.  If we do so, we will gain the respect of others

When our friends are unjustly attacked we should come to their defense.  That also should be done without the use of carnal weapons.  If any people are peace loving, it should be God’s people.  We don’t use force to convert people to Christianity, or to keep them from leaving it.

Romans 12:18 says, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” When that isn’t possible, we should pray and leave it with God.  He is our advocate. (I John 2:1)  If vengeance is to be taken, let God do it.  “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

In Matthew’s Gospel we read how Jesus tells us to fight our battles.  Matthew 5:38-48 says, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.    And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.   Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.   Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.    But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;    That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?    And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?    Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

 

 

 

 

 

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