I learned many years ago that if you are confronted by an armed person, or unarmed if you are in danger, to keep the “D’s” in mind and act in sequence to distract, disarm, disable and destroy the attacker. It works much better than you might think.
Disarm simply takes away the weapon, in whatever form it may be.
We are told that the weapons of our spiritual warfare are not material, but of much more substance. Notice Paul in 2Co 10:4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,” The devil doesn’t care if a Christian has a gun, or knife or even nasty words. He knows that such is worthless in a spiritual battle. One of the most important weapons in the warfare for the soul, for inner peace, is something that is seldom mentioned. We know about prayer, about faith that can move mountains, even about a spirit of expectancy to win. But what about courage? In a battle in Iraq this week the Iraq army laid down most its weapons, the finest America could provide, and turned tail and ran, leaving their material weapons behind. They did not have the courage necessary to make the weapons effective.
I have lost track of the articles I have read, the sermons I have heard on the devils most effective weapon and this information hits the target dead center. Lucifer’s most effective weapon is designed to “discourage.” To discourage means to render all the rest of the weapons already named unusable, unavailable, and useless. Biblically, to encourage means to put courage into. Courage wrapped in flesh!
Mel Branham wrote, “No weapon is effective without the courage to use it.” David’s sling and five stones were nothing without David’s trust in God, thus possessing the courage to sling the stone. Our well known implements of spiritual warfare are laughed at by Satan when he can take away the threat of our using them due to periods of discouragement, the stripping away of courage often by false evidence appearing real.
When firing up people to continue faithfully, Paul wrote, 2Co 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,” The word comfort, aside from our primary thought, is paraklesis, and may correctly be used as “The God of encouragement,” implying that God will put His courage into us.
I pray that you will face whatever battles are gathering around you not with only courage, but with the courage imparted by Jesus Christ.
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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