This is an odd thing for me to say, much less do. You see, I'm a peacemaker by nature. I avoid confrontation like THE PLAGUE. I don't fight because, to me, fighting = losing. My non-confrontational self backs down and gives in all too quickly. A fight is well over before it gets a good start. So when the Lord started speaking to me about becoming a WARRIOR I nearly laughed (read: shrank back in fear).
Thankfully, the Lord is not as easily deterred as I. He has birthed within me a desire to engage in spiritual warfare. And not just to fight, but to win.
The scriptures on this topic are numerous:
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32
11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 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.
33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
13 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 6:11-134 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 2 Corinthians 10:4
10 Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens,
“It has come at last--
salvation and power
and the Kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.[a]
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters[b]
has been thrown down to earth--
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.
You get the idea. But if the scriptures aren't enough to convince us we should engage in spiritual warfare, surely the state of the world around us is. There is a source to the evil in the world today. There is an enemy to our souls.
10 [The purpose is] that through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere.
Ephesians 3:10 Amplified
Did you read that? *MIND BLOWN*
YOU AND I are the ones who make known God's glory to the spiritual forces. So if you and I aren't doing it, it ain't getting done.
How do we do this? One of the most effective ways is through speaking and praying scripture. God's people are being called back to prayer. You've felt it, haven't you? When we speak and pray God's Word:
-we know we're in line with God's will
-we can trust it will be effective (Isaiah 55:11)
-we declare absolute truth
-we stand in agreement with Christ, Who is the Word in flesh (John 1:1)
This is why it's one of the best tools for spiritual warfare.
Right now I'm focusing on praying Ephesians 3:16-20 over my life. I encourage you to find a scripture that speaks to you and turn it into a prayer that you speak over your life. Do this aloud. The enemy doesn't hear our thoughts, only what is spoke aloud (1 Kings 8:39).
Church, we're on the winning side (Romans 8:37, Deuteronomy 20:4, 1 John 5:4, 1 Corinthians 15:57). Let's join the fight.
For more information on spiritual warfare, check out this and other blogs by Katie Souza.