7 Weapons for Spiritual Warfare

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How we respond when we go through hard times is very important; this is why we need to have our weapons for spiritual warfare ready at our fingertips.

We should remember that our attitude when we’re fighting a spiritual battle is as important as how we respond.

Especially as the battle grows long.

counselor comforting female soldier

We can’t afford to let ourselves grow weary in times of battle. God will give us His strength to fight.

It’s tempting to allow self-pity to creep in.

To default back to our old thought patterns of, “This is the way it always goes for me. Nothing ever goes right.”

People tend to respond in three ways when the battle grows long and weary.

  • They give in to self-pity and negativity
  • They tell themselves, “Suck it up. Get over it.” (This, by the way, is not biblical. Nowhere in the Bible do we see that when we encounter hardships we’re just supposed to suck it up and move on.)
  • They get out their weapons of warfare and go to battle.

Notice that Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,”

He uses the plural form of weapons, meaning that there is more than just one weapon.

When we think of spiritual weapons, we tend to think only about the Word of God being our sword, but we tend to forget that Scripture gives us more defensive weapons to use and we need all of those weapons in our arsenal.

No soldier goes to battle with only one weapon.

7 Weapons for Spiritual Warfare

When the battle is long, we may feel weary, we may be tempted to give up, but these are the moments when we must remember that we don’t fight in our own strength.

The weapons we fight with are not carnal weapons, and we don’t dare fight in our own strength.

Our weapons are spiritual weapons, they are mighty through God, in His strength – not ours. And as we learn to tap into the strength of the Holy Spirit, enabling us to do what we otherwise couldn’t do, we will begin to see victory in our lives!

Spiritual Weapon #1: The Word of God

“and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;” Ephesians 6:17

This is the first defensive weapon we read about in Paul’s passage on the armor of God. Jesus used this weapon in the desert when Satan came to tempt Him.

Satan, at times using Scripture to tempt Jesus, twisted the meaning but Jesus came back at him each time using Scripture in its proper context to defeat him, and eventually Satan left.

We will not defeat Satan by reasoning with him.

We will not defeat Satan by negotiating with him.

We will not defeat Satan by just telling him to get out.

We defeat Satan by using the weapons of our warfare that are mighty through God, and one of the most powerful weapons is the Word of God.

Spiritual Weapon #2: Prayer

“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,” Ephesians 6:18

Many people don’t recognize prayer as part of the armor of God passage in Ephesians 6. They get to the sword of the Spirit and stop, but there is not a period there.

The passage carries on talking about prayer, which is a powerful and often neglected weapon!

But notice that we don’t just grab our prayer list and start working through it, “God I need…..and I need….and would You please…..and bless……”

It says, “prayer and supplication in the Spirit“.

We aren’t praying with our mind, with our own intelligence. We are allowing the Holy Spirit to pray through us the will of the Father.

Sometimes, we already know the will of the Father.

If we are earnestly battling for the soul of a lost loved one, we know what the will of the Father is already because the Bible tells us that the will of the Father is that none should perish.

But there are times when we are not certain. When there is no chapter and verse that clearly tells us what the will of the Father is.

If we’re praying for a sick person: should we pray for immediate healing, should we pray that God be glorified through their physical weakness – as we see in Paul’s thorn in the flesh, or should we pray for their ultimate healing – for God to take them home?

We see all three can be the will of the Father.

It is in these times that we need to allow the Holy Spirit to pray through us the will of the Father. He may choose to reveal it to us so we can pray in our human language, or He may choose to pray through us with the gift of tongues.

Spiritual Weapon #3: Worship

Jehoshaphat was king of Judah and a coalition army came against them to defeat them, and Jehoshaphat was afraid. In that moment, he did what any great leader should do – he called a prayer assembly and a fast.

During this prayer assembly, God gave the battle plans and assured them that they wouldn’t need to fight because God would go before them and defeat the enemy.

Early in the morning they began to prepare, and Jehoshaphat did something very odd.

Ahead of the army marched worshipers who sang and praised God. They began to say, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.”

And then they began to sing and praise the Lord.

And Scripture says, “Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them.And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.” 2 Chronicles 20:22-23

Worship is a powerful weapon to destroy the enemy.

But we must make an important distinction! Worship isn’t just music. Worship isn’t just playing your favorite worship CD.

Worship is a condition of the heart. It is purposeful and intentional elevation of God above everything else.

We can worship God by singing songs of praise written by other people, but worship can also be spontaneously singing words of adoration and exaltation to God that come from our own heart that no one has ever written before.

Spiritual Weapon #4: The Name of Jesus

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

Did you catch what this verse is saying? The name of Jesus is above every other name.

Have you ever noticed that in many circles, while it is acceptable to use the name God or Lord, you will get a reaction if you use the name of Jesus.

There are many gods.

Every religion acknowledges a god, and they usually call their god “god”. The term “lord” is still used today in many contexts.

But Jesus? There is only one Jesus and there is only one context in which we use the name of Jesus.

This is what makes using the name of Jesus Christ in vain so insulting. Many Christians who routinely break the 3rd commandment and speak God’s name in vain will not use Jesus Christ’s name the same way.

This doesn’t diminish the power of God’s name, but Paul was clear when he said that God gave Jesus the name above every name.

And in that name is incredible power!

At Jesus’ name, every knee will bow and confess that He is Lord.

Spiritual Weapon #5: Fasting

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6

“However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:21

Much of the church has moved away from fasting as a spiritual discipline and as a mighty weapon of warfare against the enemy.

And while fasting has grown in popularity as an amazing health benefit – and such it is, if we only choose to use fasting as a benefit to our health without following the Lord in obedience to use it as a mighty weapon of warfare, we are not only walking around with an incomplete arsenal, we offend the Lord.

Christian fasting is an amazing tool of the enemy for spiritual warfare in breaking bondage and setting the captives free!

In the days to come, I want to explore this weapon further, examine what Scripture has to say and how Christians – even those with health struggles – can fast effectively while engaged in spiritual warfare.

Spiritual Weapon #6: Our Testimony

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Revelation 12:11

Skeptics may refute something you believe.

They may even present their own set of facts or talking points that seem to call into question the Bible, Creation, and the existence of God altogether.

This doesn’t negate the power of God’s Word, rather it confirms for us that we’re living in an age of incredible deception and delusion.

However, something that cannot be refuted is a first-hand testimony.

This is why first-hand testimony is allowed in a court of law.

The enemy may come at you with lies and deception, but he cannot convince you that what God has done for you didn’t really happen.

It’s your testimony and it has great power!

It is the final word.

This is a weapon that is so often neglected because if the enemy can get us to focus on the negative, on what we don’t have, on the bad things going on in our life right now, he can cause us to forget all the good things God has done for us in the past.

All the ways God has come through for us.

All the miracles God has done in our life.

All the ways God has provided for us when we had nothing.

The healing God has done in our hearts and in our bodies.

Because while he can’t refute our testimony, he can cause us to forget our testimony – knowing that if we use our testimony, we will be victorious!

Because we will have the power to stand in faith that God will come through for us again!

Spiritual Weapon #7: Thanksgiving

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

There is nothing the enemy wants more than for you to be riddled with discontentment, anxiety, worry, depression, envy, covetousness, gossip, complaining, slander….

All things that destroy us from the inside out and poison our relationships with others.

I clearly remember as a young adult working at a particular job where I was unhappy and frustrated, coming home each night griping and complaining about my coworkers and all of the annoying things they did.

One morning my dad sat me down. I knew this was going to be a “talking to”, something I desperately needed but really didn’t want to listen to.

He explained how my complaining was growing chronic, and a little annoying itself.

And then he gave me the anecdote.

It was a challenge….and it worked.

Each day I was to sit down with my journal and write down 5 positive things about each co-worker. And I wasn’t allowed to repeat anything I’d written before.

At first, it was really hard.

In fact, for some of them, nothing came to mind at all. I was so focused on the negative that I couldn’t see anything positive at all.

But I managed something like, “They have pretty eyes” or “They have perfectly straight teeth.”

But the more I did it, the easier it became….

….and it no time at all, I stopped complaining. And actually started liking my job again.

Does this seem like a self-help exercise?

Maybe this feels way too simplistic to you.

But it’s actually Scriptural! Check out this verse just below the one above:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”Philippians 4:7-8

This is a great place to start in using thanksgiving as a weapon of warfare!

I still do this exercise.

Sometimes in a journal, sometimes just in my heart. But it’s become a habit.

Through thankfulness God is able to adjust our heart so that our prayers are no longer be selfish prayers, but prayers He can answer.

We are able to pray according to His will because our own selfish ambitions are out of the way.

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  1. Thank you..This really hit home. I have a journal but always so busy that I forget to write in it..I will do so more often..I also keep a journal of the things God has done for me.. AMAZING and yes I’ve slacked off. I need to get back on track with my journaling. I do pray every single day. I love the Lord. But I thank you for reminding me about the warfare.

  2. Sometimes in our walk, we need a refresher of the basics. I woke again depressed with my heartache for my lost daughter…I opened “Victory Decrees” by Jen Le Claire and told I have spiritual weapons and I went blank to what my spiritual arsenal is? So I searched it and after hitting ad sites, I opened this Devine page and made a list of “I know this but I don’t do it “ into my new Above and Beyond journal. What a new find! Praise God. Signing up to this timely blessing! Hugs Kassie

  3. This article is so Holy-spirit filled and inspiring. Thank You Roslind for allowing God to use you in teaching and equiping His people. More grace to you and ministry. Stay blessed with your family.

  4. Ohhh myyyyy!!!! I’ve been struggling lately to make myself get closer to God! Anxiety about choosing to stop working so I can focus on my health and my kids and then my conscious tells me don’t forget to use this time to get close to God!!! And then I get overwhelmed with the thoughts of where do I even start. I know nothing ? and I’ve been around this since I was 11yrs old. Now I run into this article and it’s 1am and so exhausted wanted to sleep but knew this was what my heart was telling me to do, if I can stay up every other night this late on fb or IG then this should be priority!! Thank you soooii much! This really finally opened my eyes!

  5. I’m so blessed with this article . Actually, am doing an Esther fast to break out from all the strongholds in my life and ho was desperately looking for how to use the name and the blood of Jesus in a right way. Finally, I landed into this beautiful article that has real renewed my mind and added more value in my Christian life as still a baby in Christ Jesus. Thank you very much for your good work in Christ May the Almighty God reward you a thousand Ford. Shalom ??

  6. Thanks for this inspirational write up. Really addressed my line of thought. Very enriching and simple to comprehend and practice. God bless you

  7. This article is so scripturally loaded and anointed! I am charged up in my spirit and I hope to read more write ups from you.
    God bless and increase you, ma’am!

  8. Thanks so much!I now discovered that the people of God perish just because of lack of knowledge. I am liberated today in Jesus name!

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