If you are a Christian who has studied the bible, you already know the importance of daily putting on the “Armor of God,” as Paul eloquently explains in Ephesians:
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places….
Many people probably feel uncomfortable with the military terminology Paul uses in that passage, even though he is referring to a spiritual, not physical war. I think it’s hard for people to wrap their minds around the concept of a spiritual war, but when you begin to learn what our armor and spiritual weapons actually are, it’s almost mind-blowing, because it’s the opposite of what normally comes to mind when we hear of warfare terminology.
In addition to the Armor of God listed in the above passage, believers have a number of hidden “weapons” they can use when facing spiritual opposition. I am only going to talk about three in this post, but there are many more.
I love thinking of prayer as a hidden weapon. I never really thought of it that way in the past, it wasn’t until I got into missions that I began to see and understand the power of intercessory prayer.
The reason I used the word “hidden” in the title is because the target of the prayer doesn’t have to know that prayer is taking place, but something is happening in the spiritual realm, when believers intercede.
An example that comes to mind is the story of Norma McCorvey, or “Jane Roe” of the infamous Roe vs Wade case that legalized abortion in the U.S. For anyone who doesn’t know her story, she was the Roe v Wade plaintiff, and the poster child for the abortion movement, for many years. She had millions of people praying and interceding for her, for her salvation and that she would change her heart. And that is exactly what happened. As she beautifully puts it, “The poster child for abortion just jumped off the poster and into the arms of Jesus.” She is now one of the biggest advocates of the pro-life movement, praise God! I believe the powerful weapon of prayer is one of the major factors in Norma McCorvey’s conversion.
Love and Moving in the Opposite Spirit
I love how Jesus’ teachings are usually the exact opposite of what the world teaches. When people hurt us, our natural reaction is to respond in the same way they treated us. For example, if someone is angry and begins yelling at us, our immediate reaction is to raise our voice as well, and respond in the same spirit. Or if someone is sarcastic with us, we want to roll our eyes and respond with more of the same. You get the picture. But Jesus teaches us to respond in the opposite spirit. Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you. The bible teaches to respond to harsh words with gentleness:
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
– Proverbs 15:1
Responding in the opposite spirit is another powerful weapon, because it really does surprise and disarm the person who tried to offend us. They’re usually caught off guard, and it brings conviction to their heart, which changes the spiritual atmosphere.
If we return hate with more hate, what changes? Nothing, things only get worse. The world may teach to fight fire with fire, but remember, our weapons are not the weapons of the world. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4:
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
It may not be what you want to do at first, but when you are faced with a negative spirit:
Fight hate with love.
Fight lies with truth.
Fight greed with generosity
Again, you get the picture.
Moving in the opposite spirit is a powerful spiritual weapon because those things – love, truth, goodness, etc are more powerful than hate, lies and evil.
Praise, Singing and Worship
Praise and songs of worship to God also cause a shift in the spiritual realm. The spiritual forces of darkness hate this, and I can’t explain how it works, it but it somehow changes things.
I was very blessed to be a part of YWAM’s yearly Carnaval Outreach that takes place in Mazatlan every Spring. It’s similar to Mardi Gras, a huge gathering of people who come from all over, to party and go crazy for a few days. The missions base I was a part of prays for months beforehand for God’s strategy for this outreach. And one of the things they do during Carnaval is go into the crowded streets, with guitars and sing worship songs. It is amazing how powerful this is, and how it impacts people. There were so many salvations, healings, and hearts that were changed during Carnaval, and the continuous songs of worship were one of the strongest “weapons” used in the battle.
Please feel free to add your thoughts, disagreements or anything you want to add to this topic.