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The Dichotomy of Weapons

I am rereading Tony Evan’s book on Spiritual Warfare, and it reminded me of the dichotomy of weaponry that we come against in the spirit realm.
I think that when we stop treating them as GIFTS and start acting like they are accessories that we tack onto our spiritual wardrobe, we forget how freely they function. These are the gifts of the Spirit.
Tony Evans writes about the weapons of Satan
  1. The Weapons of Power & Wealth. Tony Evans writes, “Did you know that the devil can give you lots of stuff.” Evans supports this by what is stated in Luke 4:6 where Satan tells Jesus that I give it to whomever I wish, meaning Satan can give people power, wealth, friends, and fun on a huge scale, Tony Evans writes. That says to me we shouldn’t judge our relationship with God based upon the things that we get and the things that we have.
  2. The Weapon of Deception. Everything Satan has and does is based upon a deception of some sort and maintained by a “deceptional” strategy. He is so gifted in this area that he is called the Father of Lies.
  3. The Weapon of Adversity. If he doesn’t trick you with wealth or power or even with the lies, he will then resort to the weapon of adversity. Tony Evans writes that it all comes back to the fact that we are in a war with a powerful enemy. In the Book of James, we are told that by submitting to God and resisting the enemy, we can push forward.
  4. The Weapon of Accusation. If Satan can’t get to you with money, wealth, deception, or opposition, he’ll then try another strategy, the weapon of accusation. Remember, Satan is called the Accuser of the Brethren. He has a boatload of stock accusations that he uses to attack the integrity and the identity of the believer.
  5. The Weapons of the Flesh and Expectation. Satan understands about the nature of man. Back in the garden it was Eve before she had even fallen, her desire for the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil caused her to make and take the fruit of that tree and violate God’s plan. We all are living this life based upon the information that produces the resources that we need to survive. But there are those events that seem to distract and contort the way things appear to be. Right after Jesus was baptized and told by His Father that He was His beloved Son; the Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness. I think there’s a good parallel for all of us. Even after a great spiritual Victory, if we encounter a desert, it may not be the devil; it may just be the Father continuing with our personal development program. We are blindsided by this disappointment and ask “What happened?” Jesus was fasting for 40 days, and then all of a sudden the devil shows up and tells Him or actually suggests to Him that He turn the stones into a meatball hero. Based upon this encounter, we can understand that survival is not goal number one, obedience is. We must always be reliant upon God to provide all of our needs according to His riches and glory. Cain and Esau, both, were very, very successful providers, but it was that success that became their impediment to knowing God as Jehovah Jireh.
But all of these weapons of the dark kingdom are counterfeits of the weapons that God has given to each one of us.
The Weapons of Our Warfare
Satan will use his weapons of money, power and titles to achieve his objectives – our deception. But God has given us His power to tread upon serpents and scorpions. These weapons are best manifested through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. David is a classic example of God using a rock and a slingshot to defeat that well-tooled soldier, Goliath. And remember how God used the rod of Moses to deliver the people across the Red Sea. And then there’s Solomon whose wisdom was able to discern which mother was the true birth mother. And then there is also the five loaves and two fish, and the six urns that Jesus filled with wine at the wedding of Cana.
The Weapon of Revelation
Whereas Satan relies upon the power of deception, the Holy Spirit is moving in each one of our lives through the power of revelation. Revelation gives us an understanding in real-time of the character and nature of our condition. Paul reminds us in 1st Corinthians 3:16, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God.”
We are Overcomers
Just because we are saved doesn’t mean that we will not have to navigate the weapons of opposition. If you recall Jesus right after he fed the 5000 with the loaves and the fishes, placed the disciples in a boat at night and required that they cross the sea. Without a doubt, Jesus understood that he was putting them in a difficult position. Not only was it dark but they were also about to hit a big storm. Jesus knows about the storms that we will hit in our lives. He doesn’t always remove the storms, but He does provide us with the tools necessary to sail through them. So in Psalm 23 it states, :Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Opposition is sometimes a good barometer that you are walking IN the will of God, not OUT OF IT.
 We are Justified
Perhaps one of the greatest assets that we can have in the midst of spiritual warfare is justification. When Satan is accusing us, it is a good indication that he (satan) is trying to get us to act like we are not justified. In Romans chapter 8:30-1, Paul writes, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, then he also called, and whom he called, them he also justified, and whom he justified, those he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us who can be against us?”
We are Accepted
For all the condemnation Satan throws away, Jesus Christ has provided for us Eternal Acceptance with the Father. This is not based solely upon our performance, but rather upon Calvary. In Ephesians 1:6 it says, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the Beloved.” Acceptance is God’s gift to us. After the fall Adam was hiding from God. But it was God Who searched him out and found him. When Adam heard the Lord, he was convicted and afraid, but when the Lord found Adam He provided the covering that Adam needed for his nakedness.
Ephesians chapter 1 provides us a check list of the blessings that God has for each one of us, we are blessed, chosen, predestinated, accepted, redeemed, abounding with wisdom, we are known of God, He is giving us an inheritance, and finally we are sealed with the Holy Spirit.
I highly recommend the books by Graham Cooke Developing Your Prophetic Gifting and by John Eckhardt’s The Prophet’s Manual.
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