What’s Your Weapon of Choice?

The midday sun is beating down on your head – but it’s not beating as hard as your heart. Your heart is pounding – but it’s not pounding as hard as the drums in the arena as you prepare to fight for your life. As you stand before an array of weapons, you’re well aware that your choice of weapon could be what makes the difference between life and death for you.

Alright, enough day-dreaming. You’re probably not a gladiator or prize-fighter. And you may not be a soldier. But whether you’re cognizant of it or not, there is a war waging. A war you’re absolutely involved in, especially if you’re a believer.

“We are human, but we do not wage war as humans do.”

(2 Corinthians 10:3, NLT)

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

(Ephesians 6:12, NLT)

So there’s a war going on: a war to prevent the Kingdom of God from advancing in you and through you.

“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

(Matthew 6:10, NLT)

The answer to the above prayer is you, child of God. Through everyone that bears His mark, God desires to further His kingdom and establish His will in every sector and in every sphere of influence. But if the Kingdom of God isn’t a priority in your life, and His will isn’t having its way in you, there’s no possible way God can use you to answer the prayer of Matthew 6:10.

That’s the battle. That’s the endgame. All of those difficult situations that you make compromises on; those difficult people that you allow prevent you from walking in love; those times you’ve been tempted to disobey God; it’s not necessarily been about you or those people, it’s been about Kingdom Advancement.

The wonderful thing is that we’re contending from a place of victory (Ephesians 1:20-23). By the help of the Holy Spirit working mightily in us, we know we will always win, and the victory will always be ours. But how we approach this battle is important. It determines whether we’ll be “casualties of war”, or people who, though with scars (and perhaps a limp), still finish strong.

“We are humans, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning…”

(2 Corinthians 10:3-4, NLT)

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”

(Ephesians 6:13, NLT)

Attempting to battle the forces that stop you from living the God-kind of life with physical or manipulative means puts you at risk of being knocked out by the real Enemy – those spiritual evil authorities Ephesians 6:12 talked about.

Put on the whole armor of God as elucidated in Ephesians 6:10-17. Continue to walk in love and manifest every other fruit (and gift) of the Holy Spirit. We have overcome!

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