Are You Armed For Battle?

Sam Petitfils

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”  2 Corinthians 10:4

Christians often fall into a couple of unfortunate categories.  First, some Christians seem to patrol the earth looking for a fight.  They don’t defend the faith, per se, but rather “offend” by the way they act.  They suppose the way to win converts is to outpoint an opponent in a debate.  They justify their actions by quoting certain words and phrases from the Bible, such as “fight,” “battle,” and so forth.

Another unfortunate category takes the opposite approach; we will call them spiritual pacifists.  They do battle with no one, and long ago laid down their arms.  They just walk around smiling, avoiding all conflict, even when called upon to defend the faith.

So the first group aggressively picks fights, while the second avoids them.  The first group views everything is worth fighting for, while the other does not even acknowledge that a battle exists.  So which group is right? Unfortunately they both miss the mark by a wide margin.

The verse above spells it out: we are in a fierce battle because we fight with weapons.  This implies battle-like conditions.  We take stands against the devil’s schemes (Eph. 6:11), and struggle against the powers of this dark world (v. 12), using God’s armor to extinguish the enemy’s arrows (v. 16).  We need to live like a good soldier of Christ (2 Timothy 2:3), standing guard and acting courageous (1 Corinthians 16:13).

But please remember, we do not use the weapons of this world.  Paul wrote about wielding the “weapons of righteousness,” conducting our battle in sincere love, truthful speech, and in the power of God (2 Corinthians 6:6-7).  When we take to prayer, we suit up to fight.  When we give a cup of cold water to a needy person, we please God and therefore anger the enemy.  We don’t overcome evil by trying to flatten them out, but by doing good (Romans 12:21, see also verses 17-20).  Taking the gospel to needy places stirs up the forces of resistance, and Satan prefers to keep such people away from his domain (1 Thessalonians 2:18).

The world should notice something different about God’s children.  They should see that we have something worth fighting for.  We should demonstrate a faith that we’re willing to go to the mat for.  But, equally, they should see a people filled with the Spirit of Christ, walking as He walked (1 John 2:6), and pointing others to the source of true peace.

Application 

1) When you trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior, you enlisted in His army.  You can try to go AWOL, but God will re-enlist you in His service (if you doubt this, read the Book of Jonah).

2) When you do battle, think biblically.  Do we win by taking up the world’s weapons?  No, our weapons are far different, as we discuss above.

3) When battle-weary, ask God for strength.  Some grow weary of the battle itself, but others grow weary of fighting it God’s way.  We need to pray for strength to endure the battle.


Sound the Battle Cry

Sound the battle cry, See, the foe is nigh
Raise the standard high for the Lord
Gird your armor on, stand firm every one
Rest your cause upon His holy Word.

Refrain

Rouse then soldiers, rally round the banner
Ready, steady, pass the word along
Onward forward, shout a loud Hosanna
Christ is captain of the mighty throng

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