In sports we often talk of offense and defense concerning the various plays of a game. We also need to consider the same in our daily spiritual walk. Jesus told the disciples that “The gates of hell will not prevail against you.” What He was saying is that as His Church and His bride we must be offensive and storm the gates of hell before the powers of this world have a chance to get a stronghold on us. This is an offensive approach to the wilds of the devil. Just as each member of a football team must wear the appropriate gear in order not to get hurt the same goes for the spiritual warrior. We must put on the armor of God mentioned in Ephesians 6 before we enter into spiritual battle. Without it we open ourselves up for injury both spiritually and physically. I have heard people say, “If I don’t bother the devil, he won’t bother me.” This statement is far from the truth. That is what the devil would like for us to believe. We must have on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, and (His righteousness, not ours) the belt of truth; our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace and in our hand the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Only when we are fully clothed in Jesus are we prepared for battle. Only then can we be offensive and take on the gates of hell.
Now that we are fully armored we must have weapons. II Corinthians 10:4 says, “The weapons with which we fight are not of this world but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds.” Some carnal or worldly weapons include bullets, arrows and the like. But these are no good without something to launch them. We need a gun to launch a bullet and a bow to launch an arrow. The same goes with spiritual weapons. We have the blood of Jesus, the Word of God and the name of Jesus. Some may argue that praise and worship are weapons. Actually praise and worship are launchers. We worship and praise by singing or speaking using the Word of God, the blood of Jesus and the name of Jesus. Other launchers include testimony, preaching, prayer and the prophetic or Rhema Word of God. Each of these is launchers that we insert into or onto our weapons of warfare. Now that we are fully armored and clothed in Jesus and have weapons in hand… there are just a few more questions. How much time do you spend with the Lord? How intimate are you with Him? Are you filled daily by the Holy Spirit? Your answers will tell you just how much power your weapons will have on the enemy. The greater the intimacy the greater the power! So, suit up, fill up and let’s get rollin’. We have a wall to knock down!!
Ken Thomas – Principal and Co-Owner of K&K Worldwide Media