Many times when the body of Christ talks about spiritual warfare we focus on the intense area
of deliverance from ungodly spirits attacking God’s people through oppression and possession. Once we come into relationship with God victory over the enemy is guaranteed because of who we are in Christ.
Our faith in God’s word is the foundation for all prayer, intercession and our authority over the enemy in the spirit realm. Spiritual warfare isn’t just what we do at the conferences and during preaching series where we fast to counter attack what we discern to be a plot against leadership, members or our entire church. As amazing as some consider this kind of spiritual warfare to be there is a weapon in our spiritual arsenal greater than faith. There is a daily battle we all engage in for those who are closest to us and those we meet carrying out the responsibilities of the day. Not one that requires binding, loosing or treading on snakes or scorpions but a fight to live peaceably with all men and allow the light of Christ in us to shine bright.
Love is the weapon many do not consider when thinking about spiritual warfare. Not the love
we have for God because He died for us and shares the power he arose with in his hand. I’m talking
about embracing God’s love so much it infuses us with the ability to share it with our husbands,
children, co-workers, peers and fellow church members. A fight for the soul of a nonbeliever happens each time we come into contact with someone who has not confessed Christ as Savior and Lord. It is the light of God’s love shining in a dark area of the battle that leads someone into God’s waiting arms. We are the carriers of that light in every interaction with another person.
When we forgive a family member who has made wrong choices since childhood and still offer
them love as the Lord leads us to do, we give them a glimpse of what God’s love is like. Each day we contend with the enemy of our souls to keep our marriages together. Only God’s love will help us not to act unbecoming towards our spouse or insist on our own rights and way. Love, God’s love, flowing through us to those we encounter day in and day out is a steady assault against the wiles and plans of the enemy to keep someone from accepting the love and sacrifice made by Jesus Christ on the cross. Being conduits of God’s love changes the nature of our being from selfish to selfless to the point we are not touchy or resentful because we don’t keep records of suffered wrongs.
The other weapons of our warfare that pull down strongholds are important. Each piece of
armory is profitable and useful for the advancing of the kingdom. It is love that will draw a frightened girl trying to escape from the sex slave trade wondering if she can trust the minister into a relationship with Christ. Never failing components of love will wear down and conquer the untrusting fears of a person who believes they have been met with prejudice, rejection and betrayal all of their lives. It is in accepting and being a conduit of God’s unfailing love that each believer yields our greatest weapon and attains ultimate victory in everyday spiritual warfare.
1 Corinthians 13:13
Amplified Bible (AMP)
13And so faith, hope, love abide [faith–conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope–joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love–true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Posted originally on StreamingFaith.com October 25, 2011