In a day and age when Christians and their faith are increasingly coming under attack what’s a believer to do? Today’s devotional by Lonnie Crowe of Generals International states that “defeat is not an option” and provides solid advice on fighting back God’s way.
“In our spiritual warfare, we frequently employ many defensive tactics which can be successful in holding our enemy at bay—while he seeks other opportunities to ensnare us. Having a solid defense may be good, but moving on the offensive is better.
In light of current political situations and natural disasters, there has never been a better time for the Church to shift into an offensive position. Strong offensive warfare will give us a strategic advantage by putting the forces of hell on the defensive.
When we have donned the whole armor of God, we are prepared to take up our sword and to march forward, reclaiming territory that the enemy stole from us by whispering fear and doubt into our souls. It is time to be proactive in our spiritual warfare.
The question is, how can we accomplish this? Consider the following scripture:
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV, emphasis added)
Our offensive weapon—our sword—is the Word. The Word of God takes on another dimension of power when we speak it forth. Genesis 1 teaches us that God spoke creation into existence. In John 1, we learn that Jesus is the Logos, the Word, and that through Him, all things were made. Jesus created through the spoken word and also overcame the temptations of the enemy by speaking the Word of God. He was proactive. He squelched the thrust of the enemy with the sword of the Word (see Rev. 1:16).
We also see the power of the spoken word of God in Ezekiel 37:3-4:
And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”
Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!’”
We need to keep our swords sharpened; that is, we must know the Word. It is not enough to merely memorize Bible verses; we must also understand the context and the meaning of the words if we want to be accurate in what we are talking about. Confusing theology can happen when we do not know the definitions and context of the written Word. Prophecy is misunderstood and misapplied when we have so little knowledge of scripture that we cannot discern whether or not the message lines up with the Word.
We also must protect our swords from the corruption of the world. In the natural, a sword must be oiled to protect it from rust and corrosion. Our spiritual oil is the anointing of the Holy Spirit. In spiritual warfare, we must speak out under that anointing. We can trust Jesus’ promise that we do not have to worry about what to say because the Holy Spirit will give us the exact words we need at the exact time we need them (see Luke 12:11-12).
Being effective in the spiritual war waging around us also requires faith. Paul reminds us that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). As we become students of His word, we strengthen our faith (the shield that protects us) and sharpen our swords (the weapon that puts the enemy in his place).
Protected by the armor of God, armed with His Word, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can battle from an offensive position that leads to victory. That victory may not always manifest as we have envisioned; however, we can be sure of one thing—defeat is not an option. ”
(c) 2015 Lonnie Crowe Generals International Used with Permission http://www.generals.org/articles/single/the-best-defense-is-a-good-offense/