THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE

I took part in a discourse titled ‘The Weapons of Our Warfare‘ some time ago, and it blessed me a great deal.  I have just finished reviewing my contribution in it, and I wish to share what I came up with, with you in this write-up, in a question and answer format.  I pray that it blesses you, as it blessed me in Jesus name.  Amen.

1.  What is Warfare?

Warfare can be defined as a ”lengthy and difficult conflict or struggle”, usually between competitors.  It is the same thing as war, battle, combat, hostilities, clash, fighting, and strife.

2.  Are we really threatened by war?

Yes we are threatened by loads of them; physical and spiritual.  We can’t possibly escape them (John 16:33b), but they are essential for our survival.  For example, as soldiers of Christ, we need them to toughen us, so that we can battle our enemies more robustly (2 Timothy 2:3).  They also helps us to prove our commitments to God (remember Job?), and to demonstrate His power in our lives (Acts 16:16-26), etc.

3.  Who and what are we at war with?

We are at war with all kinds of people and things.  Usually, they make our lives very difficult, and they prevent us from achieving our best in life.  We can also be at war with our souls, when we sin (1 Peter 2:11).  Besides, we are often at war with circumstances of life such as debt, poverty, marital/family disruption, unemployment, ill-health, harmful habits, oppressive governments and institutions, etc.  We are also at wars with unseen forces, which by the way, are often incredibly powerful, and unbelievably deadly (Ephesians 6:12).

4.  What are the weapons of our warfare?

We have many lethal weapons to execute warfare (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  They include the Human Tongue, which is small in size, but very formidable (James 3:5).  It can break bones (Proverbs 25:15) and it can be used to decree all things into existence (Job 22:28).  The Word of God is another one! It carries great power when applied (Hebrews 4:12).  We also have the Blood of Jesus, which we can use (plead) to overcome the Devil (Revelation 12:11), attain peace (Colossians 1:20) and realize freedom (Zechariah 9:11).  The name of Jesus is also there for our use, and it guarantees victory at all times (Philippians 2:9-11).  The Holy Spirit is a leading weapon as well.  He helps us in all ways; no wonder that Jesus Christ so vehemently stressed the need for the Holy Spirit to replace Him on earth (John 16:7).

5.  How can we win our wars?

We can win our wars by following the right protocols. Firstly, we must recognize our limitations (John 15:5), and allow Jesus Christ, the all-powerful one (Mathew 28:18), to help us out.  But we have to be His children first, before He can do so (Matthew 15:21-26) and we can only be His children, by becoming born again.  Are you born again? If you are, good for you!  But if you are not, please invite Him to take over your life as your personal Lord and Saviour right now, and He will not rebuff you (John 6:37)!  We must also be very prayerful (1 Thessalonians 5: 17), and patient as some wars may take longer than we expected to wind up (Matthew 10:22b).  Of course, we must boldly use all the weapons of warfare at your disposal, trusting God to give us victory come what may, and He will (Hebrews 11:6) in Jesus name.  Amen.

In summary, it is obvious that warfare is real, and that no one can escape them.  But they are not meant to consume us (Isaiah 54:17).  So, we must observe the right protocols at all times, and use all our weapons of warfare at our disposal boldly to confront them, and we can be sure of victory at the end of the day in Jesus name.  Amen.

** Special thanks to Mrs. Bosede Akinola Akinrinmade, Vienna, Austria.

Jesus is Lord!

C Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2013

CHRISTIAN POWER TOOLS

Someone came to discuss some personal problems with me not too long ago. No doubt, she needed help and she believed that she could get it through the practice of Voodoo. She believed that since I am of the African extraction, I should be able to initiate her into the religion easily. But as I know nothing about it, I offered her Jesus Christ; the ultimate problem solver instead and I assured her of His readiness to sort her out (Matthew 11:28). Then I gave her a copy of the Bible and assisted her in equipping herself with the vital tools that she needs to fight and win earthly wars day by day. I call them ‘Christian Power Tools’. The lady is now an avid reader of the Bible and a believer in Christ to the glory of God.

Christian Power tools by the way, are implements used by Christians to get by. They are used for protection and to unleash devastation on enemies. And by nature, they are very lethal and precise and once deployed, no one, not even the Devil, can stop them. The legendary Apostle Paul, talked glowingly about them in the bible many times and in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 in particular, he described them aptly as follows: ”… the weapons (i.e. Christian Power Tools) of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 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,”. No doubt, they are a must have for all sensible Christians and we should all strive to upgrade our knowledge about them and use them to stay alive. Some of them are:

1. The Human Tongue

The human tongue is one of the foremost Christian Power Tools. Though small in size, it is extremely powerful (James 3:5). It is so powerful that it can break bones (Proverbs 25:15) and the bible calls it ‘fire’ (James 3:6). It can also be used to bless God and to curse men (James 3:9). Therefore, it must be used with utter restraint to avoid dire consequences (Psalm 34:12-13). Please, I implore you in the name of the Lord, to use your tongue wisely from now on and you can be sure that whatever pronouncement you make with it, will surely come to pass in Jesus name (Job 22:28). Amen.

2. The Word of God

The word of God is another leading Christian Power Tool. The bible describes it as ”… living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). And each time the word of God is spoken, it goes out with power (Ecclesiastes 8:4). Therefore, we should not hesitate to speak it out to remove all the negative circumstances working against us at present. The word of God is also very heavy on the ruinous onslaught of the Devil and his lieutenants against our lives so, we must make it a top priority as from this moment, to acquire and use them at all times.

3. The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a first-class Christian Power Tool. He is very adept at helping, teaching and reminding people all things (John 14:26). He also rouses them to preach the gospel (Acts 1:8), speak in tongues (Acts 2:4), heal the sick (Acts 10:38) and prophecy (Joel 2:28). The Holy Spirit is so crucial that no one can do any meaningful thing without Him. That is why Jesus Christ vehemently stressed the need for the Holy Spirit to replace Him on earth (John 16:7). Please do all you can to be filled with this special Spirit today and always and you will flourish even while other people are regressing in Jesus name. Amen.

4. The Blood of Jesus

Remember that each time you drink the Holy Communion wine, you partake in the blood of Jesus (Luke 22:20); a key Christian Power Tool. It is highly effective in overcoming the Devil (Revelation 12:11) and in cleansing sins (Revelation 1:5). Besides, it guarantees life (John 6:53), peace (Colossians 1:20) and freedom (Zechariah 9:11-12) among others. Please, do not hesitate to plead the blood of Jesus upon yourself and upon your family members as well as your business, finance, ministry, health, etc. whenever you feel threatened by the Devil and his agents and leave the rest for God to sort out for you and you’ll not be disappointed in Jesus name. Amen.

5. The Name of Jesus

The name of Jesus is another brilliant Christian Power Tool which is available for use to perform wonders. And Jesus Christ Himself, verified this claim in Mark 16:17-18 as follows: ”And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover”. We also need the name of Jesus, to stay on top of all encumbrances (Philippians 2:9-11). Meanwhile, we don’t need any special training, power, or anointing before using it. All we need is boldness to do so! Therefore, go out today and every day and use it boldly to move mountains not only for yourself, but for the entire humanity as well. And I am positive that you’ll never regret doing so.

From all above, it is vivid that we Christians have several effective power tools at our disposal which we can unleash on the Devil and his agents with grand results.  The tools include among others, the Human Tongue, the Word of God, Holy Spirit, the Blood of Jesus and the Name of Jesus.  But we cannot use them legally except we first belong to Jesus Christ (Matthew 15:24-26) or better still, except we are born again.  Therefore, if you truly desire to use the tools and do well on earth, then you must give your life to Christ today (if you haven’t yet) as tomorrow may be too late.  When you are through with this simple but important task, then you can use them freely as you wish and you can be sure of excellent results in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

c Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2011