pull it out

December 10, 2015

knock you down

This is the number one topic (other than demon possession) in the realm of spiritual warfare. There has been more abuse of this principle than any other part of our spiritual armor. From name it and claim it, to “speak the word” to positive confession; all basically doctrinally unsound. We can’t force or command God to do something because we use his word on him, like spiritual fetch, he has to listen. That is so incorrect, yet millions every year fall for it.

The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The sword mentioned here is the short sword that the Roman soldier carried. It was used in close combat and was a weapon that had to be used very precisely. Its function was primarily defensive because it was used to ward off the close-range attacks of the enemy. It was not the large broadsword, which would be the weapon of choice in an offensive campaign.

The sword that the Christian carries is described here as the Word of God. But this is not the Word of God generally. The term translated “word” here is not the Greek logos, but rhema, which refers to a specific word or utterance, such as a promise or a principle from Scripture. In spiritual warfare, it is not enough to have merely a general knowledge of the Scriptures; we must also have a specific knowledge of the Scriptures and use this knowledge correctly.

Our Lord graphically demonstrated this point when He faced His temptation in the wilderness. When Satan tested the Lord, Jesus did not attack or rebuke Satan but countered his thrusts with specific parries from Scripture. When Satan tempted the Lord, he displayed a knowledge of Scripture, but he twisted it and used it inappropriately. Because Jesus had an excellent and accurate knowledge of the Scripture, He was able to defend Himself against Satan. In the same way, the Christian is able to defend himself against the attacks of Satan by using Scripture accurately. This fact means that we must know Scripture well enough to use it in any situation and to use it correctly. Many Christians are ineffective in the battle against Satan because they have only a partial (and in many cases inaccurate) knowledge of Scripture.

We are to take up a defensive posture against Satan and submit ourselves to God. As we resist the Devil with an attitude of humility and submission to God, we are promised that God will take care of the battle for us, and Satan will flee. The picture here is of two different forces. On the one hand is the believer, whose responsibility is the defensive whereas, on the other hand, is the Lord and the holy angels, whose responsibility is the offensive. When we rest in our proper position, the Lord and His angels attack from the flank and defeat Satan.

2 Chronicles 20:14-16

Then the Lord’s spirit came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah son of Benaiah son of Jeiel son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the line of Asaph, as he stood in the middle of the assembly.

15 “Pay attention, all of Judah, every inhabitant of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat,” Jahaziel said. “This is what the Lord says to you: Don’t be afraid or discouraged by this great army because the battle isn’t yours. It belongs to God!

And that is the true power of spiritual warfare, it is the Lord’s battle, humility and trusting God is our true strength. But since this isn’t as glamorous as all the books on warfare that make us seem as so important and powerful.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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