What's Your Weapon?

Rewind mentally to 2007.I'm sitting in a room with four other people on the second floor of the student union building (more affectionately known as the sub) on the Texas Tech campus. I'm being interviewed for a position as a counselor at Foundation camp, a Christian camp for incoming freshman at Tech. As the fairly normal interview wraps up they ask me one final question that I was quite unprepared for. "You're in a street brawl, what's your weapon of choice?" Before my brain could kick in, my mouth began to speak, "brass knuckles"

The fact is whether you realize it or not, you're in a battle and you have a choice of weapons. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are divinely powerful for the destruction of strongholds.

Many people will never acknowledge the fact that they are in a war and therefore are being manipulated and attacked without ever attempting to fight back. To put it plainly, they're getting whooped up on by an enemy, and don't even know. Some only see the war as a war in the natural. However, the war that we are in, is a spiritual war that often times has effects in the natural. Satan wants to persuade you to fight this spiritual war with your natural resources. He knows very well that our natural weapons are nothing compared to our spiritual ones.

While in Congo we had many nights in a row of gunshots and war. The Lord gave a battle strategy to begin to worship every night before bed. The first night of worship... no war. The second night... no war. The third night... you get the point. The gunshots and attacks were very real in the natural, but the war was/is a spiritual one, therefore the weapon that ended war was spiritual.

You may feel like you're battling a circumstance, it may appear as though your war is with a person or even with yourself, but the Truth is "we do not wrestle with flesh and blood, but with powers and principalities not of this world" (Ephesians 6:12) The enemy will tempt you to try and fight this battle in your own understanding, your own weapons, and your own strength. He might try to get you to use something like brass knuckles, your own strategy, your ways, your solutions, but remember who you're really battling. You're battling a very real enemy in the spiritual realm. Take note of how God chooses to do war.

In the Word we're given many spiritual weapons. We have the armor of God, the Word of God, the blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, the word of our testimony, love, joy, rejoicing, the gifts of the Spirit, faith, authority, trust, community, prayer and more.

Don't take a knife to a gun fight and don't attempt to use a natural weapon in a spiritual war. God has incredible battle strategy that ensures your victory. Ask Him for strategy for your battle. Use the weapons He's given you. Trust Him and lean not on your own understanding.

Be Blessed, J. Tate