Are You Weapons Ready?

ruwais_doha_wakra-broken_stone_walls_ruined_villageI’ve been reading in the book of Nehemiah and thinking about the resistance the people of God experienced as they were rebuilding the walls around their homes in Jerusalem. The time-frame is just after the Babylonian Captivity; the folks that had moved in and taken over when the Jews had been taken as prisoners were not happy to see them return and begin work.

I’m thinking that our spiritual enemy, Satan, is not happy to see us working in the church to build and rebuild spiritual walls around our homes and around our neighborhoods. As Christians we live under spiritual attack. Just like those folks back in Nehemiah’s time.

Too many of us, in the church today, think that everything is supposed to be all blessings and fun. Far too many are not equipped when Satan attacks. When illness, relationship difficulties, work troubles, financial problems, personal weaknesses, or direct attacks from those considered our friends or enemies, we are not prepared.

Too many of us think we can cruise through life and when any problem confronts us, we can run to our pastor or friends to rush over and battle for us. Now, there’s nothing wrong with getting counsel or help when times are hard… but every believer needs to be able to begin fighting his or her own spiritual battles. Ephesians 6:12,13 couldn’t be clearer – we are in a war against Satan’s attacks,

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

I challenge you to ask yourself the question, “Am I weapons ready to do battle?” Do I know how to go to the scriptures and find answers to spiritual problems? Am I ready to confront wrong doctrine when it comes against me? Can I recognize false teachers and my spiritual enemies – even when they disguise themselves as my friends? Do I live my life like I’m in a combat zone, with my spiritual weapons of defense ready at a moment’s notice?

Paul wrote his young friend, Timothy, some strong advice,

This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight,         1 Timothy 1:18

Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.             1 Timothy 6:12

Read how Israel lived and worked in a combat zone with each and every person ready to do battle any moment.

then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the exposed places, and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows.         Nehemiah 4:13

When our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work.         Nehemiah 4:15

From that day on, half of my servants carried on the work while half of them held the spears, the shields, the bows and the breastplates; and the captains were behind the whole house of Judah.         Nehemiah 4:16

Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon.         Nehemiah 4:17

As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built,…         Nehemiah 4:18

So neither I, my brothers, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us removed our clothes, each took his weapon even to the water.         Nehemiah 4:23

What a great picture of how each of us is to be doing the work of ministry in our lives with one hand on the work and the other hand on our weapons of defense. You might be asking, “What weapons do Christians carry?” Let’s take a look.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,         Ephesians 6:13–18

Before combat troops go into a fight, the command is given, “weapons check” at which point the soldiers make sure they are ready for battle. God’s Word gives the same command: “Be ready… to make a defense;” “Stand against the wiles of the devil;” “Fight the good fight of faith;” Be on alert;” Be strong and be ready.” In other words, wear your armor and keep yourself “weapons ready” at all times.

So are you combat ready? If not – get a mentor. Ask someone to help you grow. Get training – take classes, go to seminars, join a small group and actually participate. Study your Bible and if you don’t know how, learn how. It’s war out there… are you constantly wearing your armor – ready for a fight? Or are you unarmed, unready, vulnerable, and uncertain?

Think about it.

5 Comments

  • Dear Len,

    Thanks so much for your blog this week.
    Mark and I are definitely, and have been for many a long year, battle ready.
    Satan knows the Word of God, probably better than many Christians: But it is God’s Word that is the weapon against Satan and his minions.
    If we have to entertain a non-Christians in our home, as soon as they leave we give the place a spiritual clean out.
    Mark commands every evil spirit to leave in Jesus name and go to wherever the Lord sends it.
    I actually cover my dogs, Mark and my family with the efficacy of the blood of Jesus.
    I have prayed through the Affirmation of Faith by Doctor Victor Matthews and his Warfare prayer for years when I was undergoing spiritual attack. You can find them today on the net. They are both excellent.
    Also reading through Ephesians aloud is an excellent weapon against enemy attack. Takes 15 minutes.

    Thank you for teaching people how to armour themselves for enemy attack which I believe is on the increase in the last days of the Church Age.

    IN HIS GRIP
    Sheila

  • Matt Brown says:

    Len,
    A greaat reminder to build up ot tear down the building of Christ which is each that have cakked on Him for salvation.

    Matt

  • Leo DePaul says:

    Gird Loins…or in modern language maybe, “cover your abs in truth”.
    As a young man my friends and I often called our Bibles, “swords” per this passage. The idea we sort of had was that if we memorized verses and quoted them at the right time it’d pierce the spiritual enemy. I don’t think that’s a bad idea. But I’ve been thinking (always risky 🙂 ) The people Paul was writing to didn’t have the New Testament yet (it was under construction). And since this was long before Guttenberg, few would’ve had a printed Torah at home. Would they have been, “swordless”? I’m wondering if, “the word of God” refers to more than only that. In some cases more specific to the immediate situation at hand. When I read in Acts of the apostles and early evangelists speaking in power it wasn’t always just quoting something already written. It was speaking at the prompting of the Holy Spirit what God wanted to say at that moment to that person or persons. As in Acts 8:20 or 13:11 and other places. Speaking truth at the prompting and with the power of God’s spirit, even if that truth may be specific to the particular persons or situation at hand. And John calls Jesus himself, “the Word”. Are we somehow too narrow in our understanding the meaning of “the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God”. Or (as is likely) am I just babbling perilously? 🙂 Having said that, during his Temptation, Jesus answered Satan by quoting the O.T…. so we know it’s a really good thing to do…and I’m definitely not diminishing the authority of the Bible or the crucial importance of studying, memorizing and quoting it!

    • Len Allen says:

      I always appreciate it when one of my readers follows my advice at the end of each of my blogs. I write, “Think about it…” and obviously you have been doing just that. I’d agree that the readers of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians were not fully equipped with the complete New Testament we have today… but they did have a number of letters that Paul, Peter, and John had written. In fact, the church at Ephesus had the largest first century collection of contemporary letters by the apostles and church fathers. The fact that all these letters were floating around gave a push to the need for a conference to prayerfully set the canon of the New Testament as we have it today. Although most of the Jewish believers would have memorized large sections of “the Law” of the Torah and Talmud, the gentile believers were getting their “swords” from the New Testament writers of the day.
      Thanks for spending a moment and thinking about it….
      I thank God that today we have the complete word of God – the complete sword. We need to study to be able to “rightly divide” the Word of truth and have everything we need to have, study, enjoy, and live by the complete message of God to us. We don’t have to rely on visions, dreams, and the Old Testament. What a blessing to have our Bibles so available in our own language today. No excuse not to be Bible students learning from and living from His word.
      Thanks for reading and for your comment.

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