By Patrick Hawthorne
I have heard Christian’s do it…I have seen Christian’s do it. For that matter, I have done it myself. And it always turns out the same…utter failure.
What I am referring to is the notion that we Christian’s can don our Godly armor in order to wage a personal frontal attack on the devil and make him tremble in his devil boots.
I have seen some shout at the devil, scream at the devil, and even cuss at the devil. I have known of groups who went as far as renting an airplane to fly over a particular region in order to battle the devil in the heavens. But, is this scriptural? Is this how we are to wage war on the devil?
To answer that, let’s take a step back and answer a few questions. Firstly, are we to fight against the attacks of satan? Absolutely. As a matter of fact, Ephesians 6 makes it clear that we are to don our spiritual armor.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Ephesians 6:14-18)
Looking above we see that except for the Sword of the Spirit, which is Gods Word, all the other armor is strictly for defense. There is a reason for that… and this is where so many miss it. In order to battle the devil, we must realize that Jesus has already fought and won the battle for us (Colossian’s 2:15). Our job is to simply stand in the victory provided.
But doesn’t 2 Corinthians 10:4 tell us that our weapons are not carnal but spiritual in order to pull down strongholds? Yes it does. However, we can’t stop with verse 4. We must read on. In verse 5 we see that the war Paul is referring to is our stinking thinking.
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ... (2 Corinthians 10:5 underline/bold mine).
Any power the devil once held has been removed. The victory was achieved through the shed blood of Jesus. All satan can do is try to get into your head and mess with your thoughts. Therefore, we are to apply the principles set forth in Ephesians 6:13. We are to withstand and when we become tired, stand some more.
If you really want to be effective in waging war on the devil, look to how Jesus and His disciples did it. Jesus, when attacked said, “It is written.” Paul and Silas, when beaten and thrown into prison for their beliefs, praised God until His glory came down to meet them.
No where in the Bible do we see any disciple launching a frontal attack on satan. There was no need to. They simply rested in the victory of Jesus and when attacked, used the Sword. “It is written…” Be blessed.