We are continuing with our list of the spiritual weapons which God has put in our arsenal to ensure our victory:
9. Love and forgiveness of the brethren — because bitterness, unforgiveness, malice, and selfishness are of the kingdom of darkness, we turn on light and dispel darkness by forgiveness and love (which are attributes of the Spirit of Jesus).
… I plead with you to confirm your love toward him. It was for this reason that I wrote, that I might prove you, whether you would be obedient in all things. To whom you forgive anything, I forgive also: for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes I forgave it in the person of Christ, so that Satan would not get an advantage over us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. — 2 Corinthians 2:8-11
He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no reason for him to stumble. — 1 John 2:10
10. Repentance — because we need to be clean and in the light to successfully war. If we are not, the enemy will have us for lunch. We are to “… give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully” (1 Timothy 5:14). Also, repentance takes humility, which, again, is an attribute of the Lord, and thus light-filled. God will war on behalf of those who will humble themselves before Him and before men.
… Be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time …. Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. — 1 Peter 5:5, 6, 8
11. Worship — 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. In the near future I will be doing a Worship and the Intercessor series. Worship as a warfare weapon will be discussed in greater length there. The enemy’s goal is to divert worship from the True and Living God to himself. So when we engage in pure adoration of the Lord, our adversary flees from the sound of it because he hates it. There is much more to it than that, as we shall see in the upcoming worship series.
12. Revelation –insights that God gives us about various circumstances, so that we know how to pray and what to do. God shares both His own secrets and the secret plots of the enemy with those who are willing to listen and be used strategically in establishing His plans and purposes.
God revealing His own secrets: Amos 3:7 – “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.”
God revealing the enemy’s secrets: 2 Kings 6:8-12 – “Then the king of Syria warred against Israel and took counsel with his servants: ‘In such and such a place shall be my camp.’ And the man of God [Elisha] sent to the king of Israel, saying, ‘Beware that you do not pass such a place; for the Syrians are there.’ The king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God … warned him of and saved himself more than once or twice. Therefore the king of Syria’s heart was very troubled …, and he called his servants and said to them, ‘Tell me who is on the king of Israel’s side.’ One of his servants said, ‘None of us, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber.”
There is a general concept underlying some of the weapons of our warfare: whenever we notice God doing something, we should do likewise, and whenever we notice how the enemy operates, it should be our cue to do the opposite.
Doing the opposite of the enemy is a most effective warfare tactic. The enemy is prideful, so we must not in any way indulge pride. The enemy encourages excess, lack of control, and self-indulgence, so we fast and discipline ourselves to not yield to the flesh. The enemy curses, rails, and reviles; we bless and show kindness to people, and act respectfully to both mortal and spiritual beings. Whenever we slip into acting like the devil acts, we have joined his side, whether we realize it or not.
Thus, when we rail on, revile, and are accusatory toward others, we have aligned with the devil, “the accuser of the brethren.” But when we do what we see Jesus doing, we release the kingdom of heaven into the world around us, just as Jesus released heaven around Himself by doing only what the Father did (John 5:19). Aligning with God’s way of doing things is powerful warfare indeed.
Next time we will wrap up our spiritual warfare series with a few additional tips.
Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual