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