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.

  1. Intercessory Prayer

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Carnaval Outreach

    YWAMers and volunteers during Carnaval Outreach

    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.

  • Mark

    Can I just ask Lily, where do you draw the line between spirituality and religion? 🙂

  • lily

    Hi! I don’t know if this is a good definition, but I’d say spirituality is basically just matters of the spiritual (non-physical) world. Or I guess another definition would be the focus or devotion to spiritual matters.

    Religion is different, because religion is a set of specific beliefs about a number of things, like the origin of the universe, a higher power, spiritual truths, morality, etc. So religion is a set of beliefs but it’s also typically an organized group of people who practice those beliefs.

    Where do I draw the line? They are two different things. The main difference, in my view, is that religion can be (and I believe all but one religion IS) man-made, so those beliefs can be false. Or sometimes certain religions can be partially correct, but still a false religion, if they leave out the most important things and mislead people.

    Spirituality is not man-made. I know you don’t agree, but there is more to existence than just the physical, or material. There is a spiritual realm, whether you are able to see it or not.

    Does that mean that all spirituality is good? No, definitely not! (I just realized, this is a great topic for a new blog post) That’s why when people say, “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual.” I sometimes feel like saying, “You do realize that being spiritual in and of itself is not necessarily good?” But of course that’s not a good approach, and it would open up a very controversial topic.

    So to sum that up. I’d say the main difference is that religion can be man-made and untrue, whereas spirituality is basically the spiritual realm, or one’s devotion to spiritual matters, and those things are very real, even if someone can be devoted to the wrong spiritual domain, without even realizing it.

    Did anyone of that make sense? Haha! Thanks for commenting, I always like discussing stuff like this with you! 🙂

  • Mark Horler

    Hmmmm. I’m definitely NOT religious, as you know. My views on spirituality might surprise you, but that’s another story. At any rate, let me ask a question that weaves these threads together into something more relevant to the OP…

    Your OP talks about the weapons available to the ‘believer’. So, my question is this: which side of the line you drew, does a ‘believer’ sit?

    • I’m really interested in hearing your views on spirituality! But we can save that for another time if you want.

      To answer your question….Well, I guess I should’ve been more specific, because “believer” is a very general word. Obviously Christianity is not the only religion, so there are many people who believe in God, but have very different beliefs about God’s nature and who He is. When I use the word “believer” I am referring to people who believe the Gospel… followers of Jesus. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that non-Christians cant do the things on that list.. Anyone can pray, or respond to negativity in an opposite way, or praise God even though they may not know who God is.

      So you’re actually bringing up a very interesting point. Can people who are just “spiritual” or have different beliefs about God have the same spiritual gifts or access to God’s power if they are believing things that aren’t true? Maybe I should ask Geoff to answer this one. 🙂 Well, don’t quote me on this, but I think it’s possible that God would answer the prayers of someone in that category, if what they are asking is in accordance with God’s will and if their heart/motives are in the right place. But I believe that when we are “born from above” we become a different person, with a new spirit. So, a person who rejects God or believes in lies and has not yet come to Christ is not going to have the Holy Spirit, that doesn’t happen until we are spiritually born.

      Did that answer your question?

      PS – did you vote in that poll on last night’s post? 🙂