Today, I finish the study of Spiritual Warfare by taking a look at the final weapon in the series. Before we do, I want to say that I hope you are receiving your call to advance the kingdom of God. We are not depending upon politicians or programs to bring about the kingdom: we are actively using the authority that God has given us to bring about His will and kingdom on the earth.
We are bold because the blood speaks on our behalf. We establish kingdom rule by speaking the word of God over ourselves, our family, our church, our nation. We dismantle darkness through prayer. We win the momentary skirmishes through putting on the armor of God. Finally we have an anthem that puts fear into the enemy:
Let’s look at how this works.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 NKJV
This passage details the actions of a victorious believer before the victory is manifest.
Faith is evident through the entire process: Absence of worry. Prayer for God’s will. Internal peace.
One more thing is present: praise.
Praise is the song that is written and sung by faith. It is the language of faith.
When you have spoken the word of God and activated the presence of God through praise – power and authority are the result.
One of my favorite praise scriptures:
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let he people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them–this is the glory of all his faithful people. PSALM 149:2-9
The saints praise the Lord in the dance. They praise Him on instruments. They praise Him in bed.
Such praise events turn into weapons. Remember how I said that speaking the word of God and activating the presence of God through praise results in the release of power and authority?
Notice verses 6-9 of Psalm 149 again.
The vengeance of God spoken of in Isaiah 59 is being released. Principalities and powers of darkness are being bound. God’s will is manifest.
This honor have all His saints!
Remember Paul and Silas in prison! Remember Jehoshaphat and the children of Israel in 2 Chronicles chapter 20!
Where is your voice?
What is in your heart will come out of your mouth! Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks – Jesus said that!
You win spiritual warfare just like you were saved: confess with your mouth and believe in your heart.