In this segment we will take a look at why God had given us spiritual weapons and how to use them effectively.
“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb.4:12)
Concerning Spiritual Weapons:
The Word is like a sword, but looking at what Hebrews says about it; it is to divide. This sword, unlike the physical sword, is not to stab, kill or destroy with; it is to divide. So what are we to divide? Truth from lies!
Now the mind is a rich and fertile ground, in which anything will grow. So we have to make sure we take the weeds out in order for the word of God to grow. Now let us break down Hebrews 4:12 to understand the fullness of this verse through the amplified version:
‘For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]…’ How wonderful the Ampl.v express God’s Word, but to further understand, God speaks through His children to the world, making His Words active through us, puts it into operation, through the anointing it is energized and it becomes effective. ‘…it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit…’ The Word of God divides and cuts away the old sinful nature and allows God’s nature to prevail (2 Cort.5:17) – the nature we were born of God (1 John 5:4) ‘…and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.’ God’s Word exposes and brings to surface all the things which should not be in us, for us to deal with the roots of things hindering us (Ps.119:130).
The Word of God helps us not only develop ourselves, but also those who we speak God’s Word too, to divide and separate us from the wickedness of this world unto God. Isaiah 55:11 says; “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” We understand from John 1:1 that the Word of God is the Holy Spirit, Who became flesh in John 1:14, Who was Jesus. Now that Jesus had return, we receive the Holy Spirit when we are born again – and as Jesus is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). We are now God’s Word made flesh. We are the Emmanuel’s of this world – God with them. This is what made Jesus so effective in His ministry, He walked daily in the consciousness of Who He is, and the Word of God reveals to us who we are in Christ – we have the Holy Spirit living in and through us. However, the key point to understand is we need to walk daily in the consciousness of who we are in Christ for the Holy Spirit to be Who He was sent to be – Alive in us!
We have come to understand in our previous articles that the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby (John 14:16 Ampl.v). He will teach us all things which pertain unto life and godliness. All we need in life is all wrapped up in the Word of God, Who is the Holy Spirit that lives in us. I said before; Christianity ought to be the outward expression of the inner working of God in a human body.
So how do we express God to the world? Is by giving heed to that which the Holy Spirit came to do in us, through us and for us. God wants us to become the sword in His hand, that when He sends His sword out it will accomplish that which He speaks of and not return void unto Him. Besides Jesus, we can take a look at Paul and the Apostles; they are all prime examples of being effective – but Jesus remains the perfect example of God’s love. For us to become effective, we first need to get to know God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Once we get to know God, we will get to know ourselves too; because God said He made man in His Own image and likeness (Gen.1:26). Not only did God make us to look like Him, but also to be like Him. God wants to impress His Character on us as we are born of God (1 John 5:4). We might not see this now, but when we study the Word of God diligently, we will understand that God is developing in us Himself. This is the reason why God gives unto the church Teacher, Pastors, Evangelist, Prophets and Apostles ‘…for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.’ (Eph.4:11-13). God’s plan is to bring us into the fullness of Christ – how wonderful and loving God is!
So are you starting to get the picture now? God doesn’t want to make fighters out of us, He doesn’t want to make soldiers out of us… That’s why Jesus came and conquerored the devil and all his cohorts. I shared previously in the article speaking of that; we are not in spiritual warfare, the only battle we need to win is that in our own minds. There is no need to battle devil, Jesus dealt with him long ago. The Word tells us in James 4:7; ‘Resist the devil and he will flee from you’ – not – fight the devil… Paul understood this and therefore he tells us to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim.6:12), not the good fight of whipping devil. Faith is seeing what the physical eyes can’t see and calling it real – faith takes God by His Word. It goes beyond believing God’s Word is Truth; it is knowing that God’s Word is Truth! When you know something, there is nothing no one can do or say to change your mind about it. Even devil can’t convince you otherwise.
The only thing that keeps us bound to fighting an unnecessary battle is our knowledge on the Word of God. This is exactly what Hosea 4:6 tells us; ‘God’s children are destroyed for the lack of knowledge. It is not because we loosing the fight against devil, it is because we don’t know that he has been defeated. Therefore, get a hold of the Word of God – “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” (Psalm 119:130).
In closing, I want us to take a look at our opening verse again:
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrew 4:12)
The Word of God is a discerner, with it, we will be able to discern what is good and bad. Many people believe that God tells us to put on His whole armour (Eph.6), because God wants us to go into battle. They believe that we are to battle against devil and his cohorts. The questions is; why battle against a defeated foe? Jesus defeated him, you got no business with him and his followers. Let’s take a look at Ephessians 6:13 “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.” The full armour of God is the full Word of God. We are to take the full Word unto ourselves, not to fight, but to withstand in the evil day – meaning, do not be moved by false doctrine! Be only moved by the Word of God (1 Pet.1:21). Even the whole armour of God is to protect us from false doctrine; and the sword are the Word of God. God isn’t raising up an army to battle, He is raising an army to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
Yes, the bible tells us in Mark 16:17-18 that ‘these signs shall follow those who believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.’ This does not imply war, this tells us that we have gained authority to use the Name above all names; JESUS – to tell demons to get out, to back off… We need not fight, we only need to be in the presence of God; for nothing can stand upright in the presence of God – we all fall short of His glory, therefore, evil can’t come near us when we are in God’s presence. As a born again Christian, you carry the fullness of God within you, now only be conscious that the fullness is also the very presence of God. Stir the Spirit up through giving glory unto God always! But being in the presence of God will not work for you if you not conscious of it – you got to acknowledge it!
Our spiritual weapon consist of this and this alone: “And they overcame him (devil) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus), and by the word of their testimony (Salvation); and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Rev.12:11). Loving God and giving glory unto God is the greatest weapon – there is no battle to fight, just love God and glorify His Holiness – this propel devil with his deceitful ways away from you; and it catapults you to the next level. Knowing the Truth is one thing, but to be born of Truth makes you peculiar! Hallelujah!