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•WEAPONRY OF CHRISTIANITY• ‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil’ EPH. 6:10&11. The above scripture sets one’s focus as a Christian on victory, and it is a victory that can only be gained by being strong in the Lord, equipped by spiritual weapons. What then, or who do we stand against? As it is well known, we stand against our arch-enemy Satan, who tirelessly directs all course against us (REV. 12:9). We fight against the works of Satan and his minions who all constitute themselves as enemies of faith. Apostle Paul wrote: ‘For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places’ EPH. 6:12. Brethren, Apostle Paul, following the above scripture tells us what we are fighting against, drawing a line between physicality (things that can be seen) and spirituality (things that can not be seen but nonetheless exist). He tells us we are not contending against physical enemies, for if it has been physical enemies we are standing against I consider: “Fine, let all learn how to fight with arms (weapons)or without them-whether sword, gun, fist, etc.”. That would have been easier; physical enemies would have been easier to deal with, after all, they can be seen. But no, we are not contending against things seen, physical things; we are contending against things that exist, beings that exist, though they cannot be seen but nonetheless serves devotedly to break man away from his Creator, to make man perish through his own choices, weaknesses, foolishness, etc. These are the forces Apostle Paul label ‘prince(s)of the power of the air, the spirit(s) that are now at work in the sons of disobedience (the faithless)’ EPH. 2:2. The implication of our enemies being the princes of the power of the air is that they are rampant and ubiquitous; they can be encountered anywhere, as air is found everywhere; they dominate everywhere. Brethren, are not these forces formidable and honestly, frightening? They are not physical; they are relentless and domineering.
In addition, not only do we fight against them, we fight against their works, whether in the world we live in or in the people we can see- worldliness, faithlessness, arrogance to the Word, frivolities, disobedience, wrongly held mind-sets (strongholds)…all those things that lead men astray and make them perish (2COR. 10:4-6; COL. 2:8; EPH. 4:14; GAL. 5:16-21; 2TIM. 3:1-9). And because we are in this world, we are in every way as inhabitants of this earth, susceptible to any of these. Do not think that because you are of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you you are above Satan’s influence. No, that would be wrong; in fact, that would prove as an avenue for Satan to make you fall (2COR. 10:12). For as long as we are in the flesh, we are susceptible to Satan’s influences. That was why Apostle Paul talks extensively on not acceding to the demand of the flesh, but focusing on the Spirit (ROM. 8:5-14; GAL. 5:16-25). So, Apostle Paul wrote that we should put on the whole armour of God to stand against the often tricky and subtle influence of the devil (EPH. 6:11). Now, to take on the whole armour of God means simply, to take on the strength of the Lord which He has given us through the Spirit (EPH. 6:10; 2PET. 1:3-4). And we have all the weapons of God through Christ who made us fit to be equipped with the Lord’s weaponry (REV. 12:10-11; 1THESS. 5:8-10). It is pertinent to note the nature of the weaponry of Christianity; that is, the collective weapons that belong to all those who have chosen to have faith in Christ Jesus-the believers-which they have all gotten through the Holy Spirit. Christians’ weapons as they are, are not worldly, and most of them are not visible, just like how the forces we fight are not. Apostle Paul wrote concerning this: ‘For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power…’ 2COR. 10:3-4. That is, summarily, all weapons belong to God, and are acquired through Christ Jesus. What then are these weapons? They are largely contained in the Book of Ephesians, chapter 6 verse 10-17. Namely, they are: •Girdle of truth (EPH. 6:14): a girdle is simply an olden-day belt; that is, something flexible fastened around the waste to hold clothes worn. This is exactly the same way Apostle Paul wants the truth to be fastened to us. Jesus said the truth will make us free (JOHN 8:32). That is, by knowing the truth, having the true knowledge of God, one will have the liberty to act accordingly to what God wants. Also, one will not be subjected to falsities or perversion of any kind, as one will be able to detect all falsities and break down walls obscuring the truth about the scriptures (2COR. 10:5; EPH. 4:12-14). •Breastplate of righteousness (EPH. 6:14). Apostle Paul, in 2COR. 6:7 talks about equipping our hands, both left and right, with righteousness. That is, we should simply be good in our conducts, always having godly, lovely, honourable, etc. motives in our minds (PHILIP.4:8-9; EPH. 4:29-32). We should also be good examples in all other areas, always trying our best to represent God rightly (1TIM. 4:12; HEB. 12:14). •Equipment of the gospel of peace (EPH. 6:15): As it is “equipment”, it contains not one, but many things. The gospel of peace is otherwise the good news preached to us, which we hear or read (ROM. 10:14-15). This gospel brought our salvation; it is the ushering door for all who choose to believe, and so it is very important for us to preserve and nurture it in our minds, by keeping steadfastly to acquiring it, either by hearing or by reading. As you well know, without steadfastness faith is most likely to crumble. For this reason, this gospel of peace that brought us our faith must be consistently nurtured. Also contained within the equipment are what the gospel brings to us, which are broadly spiritual gifts (1COR. 12:1-11) and spiritual fruits (GAL. 5:22-23). By these, true Christians are distinguished. The gospel also brings to us the Word of God that is most essential in our spiritual lives, so, it is a very important weapon of Christianity (2TIM. 3:16-17). •Shield of faith (EPH. 6:16): the fourth of the weapons is faith. Through faith we got what we are now treasuring, which is right relationship with God. This same faith is what we need in ‘quenching the flaming darts of the devil’. And what are the flaming darts of the devil? They are those things Satan infuse in minds to obstruct the fruitfulness of God’s Word, such as doubt, faithlessness, harmful reasonings, wrongful mind-sets…these things are most dangerous in eating faith away. So, we need the shield of faith to prevent this; we need to have an unshakable, solid faith in God as One who never lies, reneges on promises, deceives, etc. (HEB. 11:6; 11:1-3; TITUS 1:1-3). With a solid faith, no matter how we feel or what we hear or what happens to us, our minds still get fixed on God. It makes us not to fall away during perilous, trying times when Satan seeks to destroy our faith. So, it is equally important as a weapon. •Helmet of salvation (EPH. 6:17): It is written in 1THESS. 5:8-9 that we should put on the helmet of salvation for God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through Christ. The helmet of salvation simply means the hope of resurrection, when like Jesus, we will rise after death on the day of resurrection to eternal life (EPH. 1:18; 4:4; COL. 1:5; 1:23). With our eyes fixed on this hope, we can go through all circumstances with out faith and reward intact. That very thing Satan has been seeking to deprive us of, which is eternal life with our Creator, can be gotten through having this hope patiently (HEB. 12:1-2; ROM. 8:24-25). •Sword of the Spirit (EPH. 6:17): The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God; the supreme Word of God. HEB. 4:12 says: ‘For the Word of God is living an active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart’. The Word of God is living and active, this shows that it can help to conquer any work of the devil. It embodies the totality of the Word of God contained in the Holy Bible. This Word gives hope, virtues, knowledge…all the things needed to stand against the influence of the evil one. Overall brethren, we need prayer, so as to get things weapons and to be able to manifest them clearly as to take effect. That is the reason it is pertinent for all Christians to be constant in prayer (EPH. 6:18; 1THESS. 5:17; ROM. 12:12). We need prayer to convey our minds to our Creator in whose power exist the weaponry of Christianity. Brethren, also understand this: that the primary reason we need the weaponry of Christianity is to stand till the end, and run the Christian race to the finish-line (EPH. 6:13). For without all these, a Christian is sure to fall, and be a subject of the influence of the evil one or his minions. Having said all that, you also need to know that we can only be fully equipped when we are spiritually mature. A soldier cannot be given the full latitude to use all available weapons when he is still low in ranks, so is it for a Christian. Apostle Paul wrote that we can make use of these weapons effectively when our obedience is complete (2COR. 10:6). That is, we ourselves, who need to use these weapons to subject things to God’s will, must first be fully subjected to God; in other words, we must be spiritually mature to use these weapons effectively. That is why it is important that we work for our spiritual advancement (COL. 2:6-7). Brethren, we are soldiers in this world, and we need to have this title to us; we need to have the weaponry of Christianity in our possession.
THE GRACE OF THE LORD IN CHRIST BE WITH YOU (AMEN).

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