The Greatest Weapon
"The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity."
If he can't destroy your life with your actions, he will destroy your life with your thoughts. Your mind is the MOST vulnerable part of who you are as a human being. Because what you believe, you live. What you think, you speak. And if you speak things that are not aligned with God , the enemy thinks he's got you.
In the ESV version of this scripture, it says "For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
One of the boldest accounts of Jesus' faith in God comes when he in the dessert being tempted by Satan for 40 days and 40 nights. We can see this account in Matthew 4.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Do you see the theme here?
Satan's tactic is by questioning Jesus as the Son of God. His "if you are the Son of God..." questions could have made Jesus quiver in His boots. But Jesus had heard those types of questions before. He got them daily I bet.
Whats also cool, is how Jesus didn't hesitate with throwing the ACTUAL word of God back at satan. Jesus was the Living Word of God, and He knew that. But He also had an arensel of Truth built up to fire back at the enemies attacks.
How much stronger would you be against the enemies attacks if you could fire your arrows of Truth at Him?
Now, how does this tie into prayer being a weapon?
Because I believe prayer doesn't always have to look like bowing our heads, on our knees, and in a quiet place. This is where we hear God the most I believe, but thats not the only time prayer works. Its your first defense against the sharp sword of the enemy.
Sometimes the world is loud and often times it gets difficult to hear God through it. And sometimes the enemy is in our midst and we need an immediate response. This is where the power of prayer comes in.
Jesus didn't directly pray to God when He was battling satan in the dessert. You don't see him saying "hold on satan, I've got to go over here behind the bush for a minute and talk to God. I gotta think about how to answer that question for a sec".
NO! He KNEW that God was in His midst. And I believe that God was downloading responses in His spirit as the enemy pressed on and continued to question. Jesus decided that in that moment, instead of letting the accusations paralyze him, he would remember that God is literally a word away. He's already armored up, ready for battle.
Earlier I said that if he can't destroy your life with your actions, he will destroy your life with your thoughts.
Sometimes Satan disguises His voice in your own, thats why its so easy to believe.
I firmly believe that Satan does NOT have CONTROL over our minds. We are in control of that. God gave us free will to choose what we believe, and where our thoughts drift. What he does is uses the people around you, or your circumstances, or a small little trigger to plant a seed of a lie in your mind and it takes over our thought life...because we let it. Because we weren't Rooted in Him. And while sometimes thats not really our fault, we didn't know Jesus yet. NOW that you ARE rooting deeper, the next time that satan tries to come at you with a "if you are...", you can whip our your armor, and call out to Jesus to direct your thoughts, take them captive, and protect them and say "hey satan, nice try, but it says right here...".
Or, next time your mind starts to fall into old thought patterns, recognize it (you weaken the negative thought by acknowledging it and give it power by shoving it down), and use prayer as your weapon to uproot it.
Something that I want you to see in this passage also, is that satan is no dummy. He knew the Word of God. He recited it back to Jesus. He tried to pull a sneak attack.
Sometimes He will use the actual Truth of God to get you to believe a lie. It looks right, it sounds right, but its not right.
Perfect example: Eve in the Garden
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5
Satan KNEW what God had said to Adam, he was listening. But what he did was use that truth, to get Eve to desire the thing that God told her not to worry about by making that whole Truth, into a half lie. God didn't tell Adam and Eve WHAT the fruit on the tree did, He just gave them one simple command. Satan used that to His advantage, cause he knew that "being like God" was pleasing to their ears.
Genesis 2: 16-17
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
I want you to see how deceiving the enemy can be. And I want it to ENCOURAGE you that prayer is the ultimate weapon to defeating Him. Thats why we memorize scripture in this study. This is why its SO important to be aligned with God. We are such vulnerable people. Thats why we need Jesus.
Because the more I picture God as a loving father (because thats exactly what He is) the less I feel like I have to PERFORM certain things in order to have a relationship with Him. Because we don't. No acts. NO earning. Just belief, trust, and love. There is no certain way to pray. It doesn't have to start a certain way, or end a certain way. Its just gotta be real, raw, invested, vulnerable, and open. You don't have to be formal either. Listen, I start my prayers with "hey God.....".
But I want you to also know that ITS OKAY if you don't understand it right away, or if you can't always pinpoint the attacks or discern the enemy's voice from Gods. We are working on it. We are Rooting deeper in it. And as you continue to study, and continue to fall in love with Jesus...you'll find yourself more sensitive to Gods voice. I promise. I've been a "christian" for my entire life. But it wasn't until I started ACTIVELY praying and seeking to know Him DEEPER in just the last couple of years that I was able to finally feel like I knew how to hear His voice above the noise of the World.
If prayer is scary for you, I get that. Start small. The best way you can start out praying is by being grateful.
Tell Him all the things you are thankful for that day, and ask Him to open your heart and your mind that day to being transformed by His Word and goodness. Thats all. He just wants your heart. Give it all to Him.
So today, this week, fight your spiritual war with the strongest armor there is. And ask God to give you a sensitive spirit that can discern the Full truth, from the half lies.
Discussion question: How are you going to take more time this week to Root yourself in prayer? Tell me, and all the other ladies your answer in the group!