I’m sure you would say – to the title – “of course I’m not doing that”. It would be the dumbest thing we could do, wouldn’t it? But I contend most of us – at least some days – DO go into our spiritual battles without our sword. Now I know we don’t use swords in most battles nowadays. Today we’d say “without your rifle” or “your AR-15” or AK-47. But when the Bible was written, they used swords and in Ephesians 6, Paul is inspired to urge us to put on the whole armor of God. In there we have all the pieces of armor listed, including the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and many more.
We are physical – and so we understand the physical more. The problem is, since we don’t see a real physical battle going on around us, we leave home without our weapons and armor. But in fact, there is an intense war going on for you – for your eternity, and as Peter says – “for your soul”. The “god of this world” – Satan and his evil spirits – are constantly broadcasting their moods, thoughts and temptations to try to bring us down; to do their best to cause us to sin or even to give up on our calling.
Surely you can look back – even just perhaps a few hours or maybe even just a few minutes – and realize you were being bombarded by enemy missiles – but you didn’t recognize those moods and temptations as the spiritual warfare that was raging all around you. But enough of me. Let’s let the Apostle Paul’s inspired words explain:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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.”
The daily battles for our minds and eternity are more intense and more real than house-to-house combat in physical battles. We have to start to see it that way or we will continue to go into our very real battles without our sword. We are fighting against powers way beyond our puny physical strength – but in Christ we win.
Paul tries to open the eyes of believers in Corinth also. This is not a flesh-and-blood battle, he warns, but much more serious and ferocious. Are YOU aware of that?
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 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.”
If we could have our eyes opened to see what’s really raging around us, we’d probably collapse in fright! Besides the evil temptations, moods and thoughts being broadcast at you, we also have our fleshly, carnal human nature with its passions. How well we know those passions, right?
1 Peter 2:11
“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul..”
So how could we possibly be going into spiritual battle each day without our sword? Be sure to click on “Continue reading” to find out! You want to win this war and find out what the sword is, and how to use it.