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The Weapons of our Warfare

By Richard Gunther


A brief study of the weapons of our warfare.


Here are seven good reasons why you should be a successful evangelist. They are found in Ephesians 6:10 - 20

1.Loincloth of TRUTH,

2.Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS,

3.Boots of the GOSPEL,

4.Shield of FAITH,

5.Helmet of SALVATION,

6.Sword of the SPIRIT,

7.Secret weapon of PRAYER.


We are talking about SPIRITUAL WARFARE. The verses give not just def­ensive armor, but two very powerful aggressive weapons, namely the Sword, and prayer. The defensive armor is for  aggressive defense, and there is such a thing, rather than just standing still and letting the enemy have a go at you. By the word "stand" the Bible means "wrestle against", not simply "stand and wait". And by "the whole armor" the Bible means mean all of it, all intact, all on.

When a soldier is given a heap of weapons for the first time, he may not know quite what to do with them. He may start cleaning them, and admiring them, or he may store them away because he didn't know how to put them on. Do you want to be a fighting Christian? or do you prefer to leave that part of being a Christian to others? Some Christians seem to think that following Jesus Christ is a picnic - all fun and games - but there are others who know it is something quite different to a picnic, and have the scars to prove it.

The following is a detailed scriptural examination of the seven weapons given to Christians by God. It is your privilege to wear them, and your privilege to fight in them.

Eph.6:10 "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His

might" Being strong, or having strength, is a positive,

aggressive statement. It is used in 1 Chron.26:8 for the

"able men for strength for the service" who were chosen

to be porters in the temple which Solomon was to build.

Here, in Ephesians, we have a similar calling, given to

Christians, who are chosen for "service", within the

Church, the "temple" of God.


Again, in chapter nine, we are told of "very able men for the work of the service of the house of God". Chosen for service - as are Christians.

David said of God : "Both riches and honour come of thee, and You reign over all; and in Your hand is power and might; and in Your hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all".1 Chron.29:12

An enlightening verse in Psalm 8:2 says: "Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings have You ordained strength because of Your enemies, that You might still the enemy and avenger". Babes are children. Jesus quoted from this verse when He saw and heard some children in the temple as they shouted out praise to God. They did this to the great annoyance of the priests - who were the enemies of Christ. Christians today can expect the same sort of reaction when they shout out the truth.   Ps.27:1 "The Lord is (now) my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" It is not

something to be asked for, but something which has already been given. David ends with two conditions - wait on the Lord, and, be of good courage – with the reward of: "he shall strengthen your heart ; wait, I say, on the Lord. The attitude is to be positive and aggressive, and it all depends on the Lord. If, after that, you need strength, TAKE IT - YOU HAVE IT.

"The way of the Lord is strength to the upright" Pr.10:20  When a Christian is walking obediently in the way of the Lord day by day, he will have the strength to be upright.

Isa.26:4. The positive activity of trusting "in the Lord Jehovah" brings the reward of "everlasting strength". There is no shortage of strength for the Christian.

Ps.59:9. Here is a two-way interaction between Christians and the Lord. The first is the fact that we wait on Him because we need to learn of Him and be strong in the knowledge of Him. The second is the reverse “Because of His strength will I wait upon You: for God is my defense".

As a Christian continues to be obedient to the conditions, the Lord continues to bring His promises to pass. This is why we read that "Saul INCREASED THE MORE IN STRENGTH..." as he preached. Acts 9:22.

2 Cor.12:9. A Christian must use everything he can to witness, and not let any disability stop him. God can work just as well through a cripple, as through someone who "has everything". Whatever you are - He can use it. And what ever you are not, God can use you.

Isa.40:28-51. Christians who "wait upon the Lord" are continually restrengthened. They that wait upon the Lord find the inner spiritual energy welling up inside, enabling them to " .and walk" where other people would normally collapse.

1 Pet.5:10. All Christians ought to be being perfected, established, settled and strengthened as they grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

The power of God is Spiritual, inner, and there for definite reasons. This is what God wants to give to you if you are prepared to follow Him faithfully: "That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man". Eph.3:16

Col.1:11. It is the Lord's will that all Christians should be "strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power", the result being three things: patience, longsuffering, and joyfulness.

Phil.4:15. "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me". Here is the power of God, present in any Christian who takes action - who GOES, to DO ALL THINGS. At any time, under any circumstances, anywhere.

So BEING STRONG in the Lord, is involved with taking action in His name, in a forward movement AGAINST the enemy and FOE of the faith. The Christian, strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, is told in Eph.6:11 to PUT ON the whole armour of God, and then to STAND AGAINST the wiles of the devil.

2 Cor.  6:7. Paul proved himself to be a minister of God by proclaiming "the word of truth, by the power of

God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left" and by many other things. He saw the

righteousness as essential to his Christian warfare as he came under fire from the right hand and from the

left. The Jews preferred the righteousness of keeping the Law, and the Gentiles preferred the righteousness

of good works. Both traits are with us today as religion preaches its brands of bondage, and worldliness preaches salvation by your own efforts. Paul held up salvation by GRACF, the free gift, to all he met (Eph.2:8)

What do we mean by the "wiles of the devil"? It refers to his constant efforts to disprove or discredit the Word of God. "Has God said?" is his constant question - not as obvious as that of course - but its there. If you dig down to the bottom of all the many doubts and excuses which unbelievers express, you'll find it. Such questions as:

Are you sure you're a Christian?

Surely you're biased, and only believe things which support your argument?

The Bible is a book written by man isn't it?

Most of the Bible was handed on by word of mouth wasn't it?


There are hundreds and hundreds of them. They appeal to logic, to reason, to rational thinking, to philosophical ideas, to emotions, and always they are pal­atable to those who are spiritually unaware of their basic counsel. The wiles of the devil are more blatantly obvious in spiritualism and religion, but more difficult to see when they come through temptations to the flesh, or from the world. But in every case it is a choice between what the Bible says and what someone else thinks.

Eph.6:12."For we wrestle (war, fight, contend) not with flesh and blood". We ARE contending with people, but we are fighting the concepts, philosophies, ideas, imaginations, lies and false reasoning which other people believe in. We are fighting the despotisms - the would-be rulers and spiritual tyrants - against the powers, against the master spirits who are behind the world's leaders whether they are aware of it or not, and against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly places or the supernatural sphere. Evolutionary, long-ages, man from monkeys is a particularly virulent virus of this kind.

The most deadly attack a Christian can make on Satan's world control, is to preach the full gospel of salvation. The gospel is God's answer to the world’s slavery which Satan would try to enforce. To preach the gospel, a Christian must be fully armed and standing in the power of the Holy Spirit if he is to be successful. Evangelism is War.

1. Eph.6:14."Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth..." What does it mean to have your loins girt? Peter suggests: "gird up the loins of your mind, be sober..." 1 Pet.1:5. So it has to do with mental activity, positive attitude, expectation of progress, self control, readiness for work, and so on.

Luke records what Jesus said to His disciples: "Let your loins be girded about, and your lights ye ready also..." Luke 12:55. By linking the loins girded and the lights burning, we have a picture of a Christian out and about, radiating positively his faith, and, with the idea after that of the watching servant, we cannot help but think of evangelism, and of constant witnessing to those around us.

Jeremiah solves the meaning for us of what girding up the loins is all about, because he was told: "Gird up your loins, and arise, and speak to them all that I command you" Jer.1:7 So when it says in Ephesians to have the loins girt about with truth, it is saying, go and preach the truth, or be active in propagating the truth. Evangelism is the Christian's work – nobody else wants to do it anyway.

   2. Eph.6:14. "and having on the breastplate of righteousness;"  In Isa.59:17, God puts on a breastplate of righteousness as one of several pieces of armour, as He prepares to punish wicked people. Why does He wear righteousness? Firstly, because He is righteous. God is absolutely righteous. He will not let the unrepentant sinner go unpunished. Secondly, He hates unrighteousness, and will certainly punish the unrighteous except they repent.

Because all who accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour are saved by Grace, they RECEIVE righteousness as a gift. It means that although they are still sinners, they are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, and thereby avoid the punish­ment for sin, namely death. In Isaiah God is looking for righteousness but cannot find it, therefore He exercises His own righteousness, in judgment.

1Thess. 5:8 There is another reference to a breastplate in Thessalonians, called the "breastplate of faith and love". The fruit of the Spirit includes love, and of course the Christian soldier is filled with the Spirit. If we think of the shield of faith and the breastplate of righteousness, held together by the love (agape) of God, we have a mighty defense. Our righteous­ness is taken by us as we receive it by faith, and as w do this, the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. (Rom.5:5). Not that we are free to sin and be unrighteous after we are saved - rather - we are to bring forth good works, based on obedience to God's commands, as we are led by ^he Spirit.

3.Eph.6:15. "And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;". Three things are clear in this verse: "feet shod", "THE gospel", and "peace".

2Chron.28:15. Israel and Judah were both lapsing into unfaithfulness, so God used Israel to punish Judah to the tune of 120,000 dead in one day, plus captives. How great was God's mercy after that though, for He would not let Israel keep the captives. He sent Obed with the commandment to send them back to Jerusalem. So Israel: "took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and SHOD them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brethren". In this case, being shod was part of an act of mercy by God to show how ready He was to forgive the people of Judah. When He shod the captives, He was telling them their time of chastisement was over for the time being.

Ez.16:10. Jerusalem is the next thing shod. God shows blessings to this city to an incredible degree, treating it as He would a beautiful woman, BUT the result is whoredom and harlotry, so God condemns her. The words He speaks to the city can just as readily be applied to many people in the church: "Now when I passed by you, and looked upon you, behold, your time was the time of love; and I spread My skirt over you, and covered your nakedness; yea, I promised to you, and entered into a covenant with you... and you became Mine. Then I washed you with water; yea, I thoroughly washed away your blood from you, and I anointed you with oil.

"I clothed you with broidered work, and shod you with badgers' skin, and I girded you about with fine linen, and I covered you with silk.

   "I decked you also with ornaments, and I put bracelets on your hands, and a chain on your neck. And I put a jewel in your forehead, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown upon  your head.

"Thus were you decked with gold and silver; and your raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; you did eat fine flour, and honey, and oil; and you were exceeding beautiful, and you did prosper into a kingdom.

"And your renown went forth among the heathen for your beauty: for it was perfect through thy comeliness, which I had put upon you, says the Lord God."

When Christians have their feet shod with the gospel, they WEAR that gospel. It is a wonderful gift from God, It is given to us by God, It is to be a normal garment - who would go to fight in bare feet? - naturally, it is absolutely essential to be shod with the gospel.

Just as God provided shoes for the captives, God provides footwear for the Christians. Both return to their brethren with news of God's mercy, and the message that He is prepared to spare all who repent and to bless all who turn to righteous­ness. Both return clothed and anointed, fed and supported, and both go with the message of reconciliation. There are many today, whom God has spared, who have consequently become Christians, and thereupon have returned to their brethren to tell them about God’s great mercy.

Isa.52:7. Here comes the preacher, the evangelist, and the true Christian witness, with his "feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace":

"How beautiful upon the mountains (cities and towns) are the feet of him that brings good tidings, (Anglo-Saxon "godspel” meaning "good tidings" or "god-story"), that publishes (preaches) peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation;..."

The third part of the verse in Ephesians, that of the "gospel of peace", needs to be looked into. 'Peace’ is quite a dynamic word, especially when one is fighting with it, but what sort of "peace" does the gospel preach? Peace with God. This peace is the only true peace which man can have. There is no other way of finding lasting peace on earth than through being reconciled to God. God has provided the only way to that peace - although the devil says other­wise, and man likes to think otherwise - and that is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. Making war with this kind of "peace" is sure to provoke hostility and create quite a battle, but it is the work of Christians, so they must not retreat from the fight.

Romans 10 has a lot to say about preaching. "So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God". Paul quotes from Isaiah 52:7, slightly changing the words (by the guidance of the Holy Spirit) for his own specific context: "How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace..." When we GO OUT with our LOINS GIRDED to PREACH the gospel of PFACE, we are on the ATTACK. This is why Jesus says 'Think not that I am come to bring peace on earth, I came not to send peace, but a sword" Mat11:55. The gospel forces people to make up their minds which side they're on, it divides people, it sorts out their allegiances, it creates friction and stirs up emotions. Those who go about preaching the gospel of peace are actually hitting hard at the very central area of the devil's domain, which is probably why the next piece of armour in the list is labeled "above all".

4. Eph.6:16. "Above all taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all (ALL – not just some) the fiery darts of the wicked (one)".

So the Christian is out preaching, and someone in the crowd or in the room, or at the bus stop. or whatever, says something which could be summarized down to: "Has God said?". The normal reaction is to be offended by the scepticism, or to resent the lack of belief in the other person, to turn away in despair - but no - the Christian is warned: "Be NOT dismayed at their faces, (their manner) lest I confound you before them... they shall fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you". Instead of fighting with an emotional outburst, or an emotion-driven response, the Christian fights with Scripture. 2Tim.3:16 "All scripture is given by ins­piration of God..." The person in the crowd says he doesn't believe the Scriptures? SO WHAT! The Christian DOES, and that's what counts. It is the fact that the everlasting, perfect, living God wrote the Scriptures which matters. The unbeliever has no case at all - he's in the courtroom, handcuffed, in the dock without a defense. He has no position of authority from which to question God’s Word. He has probably never studied it, or examined the excellent material in its defense. He is in rags. He, the condemned, is being tried for sin, he is not the guest speaker. And remember, if we question the truth of the Scriptures ourselves, we are in fact questioning the One who wrote them, which means we are doubting His character, which is nearly the same thing as accusing Him of being a liar.

The fiery darts of the wicked one are quenched by God Himself'. "Every word of God is pure: HE is a shield to them that put their trust in Him" Ps.50:5 So when we say "the shield of faith", we  are saying, in fact, "Jesus Christ", because the Christian's faith is in his Lord, and his Lord's Word. The two are inseparably linked.

Ps.84:11 "For the Lord God is a sun and shield..."


2Sam.22:3 "And he (David) said, The Lord is my rock and my fortress, and my deliverer ... He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, and my refuge, my Saviour;"

Ps.5:5, "But thou, 0 Lord, art a shield for me; my glory and the lifter of mine head". Notice that it is God Himself who is the shield.

When we take the shield of faith, we are taking the name of the Lord as our banner, we are identifying with Jesus Christ (Christian = people of Christ), and when we meet a "Has God said?" we reply "YES God HAS SAID! We are not just believing in a book, we are speaking IN Christ, we are speaking from the point of view of having a working relationship with Him, we are not trying to push an argument, or a philosophy, we are representing a Person. And that Person is speaking through us.

One of the most common fiery darts is the comment that there are people in the world who are good, so "good" in fact, that they are surely better (‘gooder’) than Christians. To our shame, there are people like this, but the scriptures are quite clear that "except a man be BORN AGAIN he cannot see the kingdom of God" John 3;5, and, "He that believes and is baptized, shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be damned" Mark 16:16,and, "He that believes on the Son has everlasting life; and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him" John 5;36. All people must be judged, and punished or rewarded in proportion to their beliefs, words and works. Only a belief in Jesus Christ as Saviour will be sufficient to escape eternal death, since works are of no value at all in deciding the ULTIMATE fate of the person. The judgment will be fair and just. More the Christian dare not say, since it is not his responsibility to judge anyone. One thing is absolutely certain: "Every one of us must give account of himself to God" Rom.14:12. When this kind of question is asked, it is  prudent to get back to square one. Ask the questioner to stop looking at problems which have nothing to do with him. Face the questioner with the facts about himself. Has he or she heard the gospel? Has he or she understood that Jesus died for him or her? What has he or she done with the gospel message? Face the fiery darts by bringing Jesus Christ into the conversation, and hold Him up, giving Him the preeminence.

5. Eph.6:17 "And take the helmet of salvation," Isaiah mentions a helmet of salvation, which God puts on as He prepares to destroy the wicked. (Isa.59:I7) The whole chapter has to do with God saving His people, for His Holy Name's sake, and His destruction of the peoples around them. The meanings of the word "salvation" are two: general and particular. In general it means release from difficulty, danger, loss or damage. In particular it means deliverance from sin and its consequences, and the coming to peace and reconciliation with God. When a Christian puts on the helmet of salvation, he is taking on the full scope of activity which Jesus performed - he is to be a friend to the friend­less, a helper of all and sundry, a comforter and supporter to the weak, a strengthener and teacher to those who need help, plus one with the message of salvation to the searcher for forgiveness and peace with God.

The helmet protects the head, which holds the brain. The brain is the central control for the whole body, but more especially it is the part which processes the senses. Sight, sound, feel, taste, smell. Spiritually, the truth of the gospel is kept safe under the helmet of salvation, carried in the brain. Salvation in its fullest sense is full and complete sanity, and it makes sense of life when it is understood by the Christian. If the devil can get at the intellect, he can pervert the gospel, and upset the Christian's whole sense of balance. What use is a soldier in a dangerous battle if he has no head protection? He may keep going indefinitely with his body damaged or with an arm or a leg off, but if a well aimed blow sinks into his head that's it. Paul said: "And the peace of God...keep your hearts and MINDS through Christ Jesus" Phil.4:7. The fiery darts of the wicked one are often aimed at this helmet. Some of the "darts" are misquoted scriptures, comments by people of other religions, assertions by intellectuals, mockery from skeptics, reasoning by the natural mind, suggestions by other misinformed Christians, comments by social ‘do-gooders' who have made good works their idol, man-made proverbs, witty but erroneous words by people considered wise, and even the sympathies of close and dear friends. Be on the watch from every angle. The helmet of salvation is a clear awareness of PRIORITIES: "that you might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God".Col.1:10,11

Paul mentions, in 1Thess.5;8, the helmet of "the hope of salvation", a thought very much like that in Phil.1:6: "Being confident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ". The ongoing, day by day experience of being saved is also part of salvation, and gives meaning to the "hope of salvation", because although a Christian is saved for eternity, he has yet to be perfected.

6. Eph.6:17 "...and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:" Undoubtedly the word of God is the most powerful aggressive weapon on earth. Atom bombs and the like are pathetic little puffs of smoke compared to the immeasurable power of the Spirit of God as He works through God's word in men's hearts.

The sword, in scripture, is often used for war. Gen.27:40, Lev.26:55.


"And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land will be desolate..." Sword is figuratively put for power and authority. Rom.15:4 "For he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain; for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath on him that does evil".

Isaiah's prophecy in chapter 49:2 has three clear interpretations. First, it can be descriptive of the Lord Jesus, secondly, of the servant nation, thirdly, of all Christians who work faithfully. "He has made my mouth like a sharp sword".

Heb.4:12 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart".

Rev.1:16.The resurrected Jesus is seen in vision: "0ut of His mouth went a sharp two edged sword:"

Mark 4. In the parable of the sower, the sword of the Spirit is demon­strated as each seed sown responds in one of four different ways. God sends the Christian out to sow the seed. The seed is the word (logos - spoken word), and the Holy Spirit works on the seed. In every case the seed germinates and begins to grow, but in only one case does it spring up to maturity. The parable of course is spiritual, and shows how those who preach the gospel are doing what is required of them, and how God works on the hearers of the gospel in an attempt to draw them to Him through conviction of sin, or the realization of His love for them.

When Paul asks, in Gal.5:2: "Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?" he is referring to the effect the word of God has on people, for we know that :"faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God" (Rom.10:17), and it is through the administering of the word of God that spiritual enlightenment begins.

What does this mean to the soldier of Ephesians six? It means that by taking the sword of the Spirit, he can hold a weapon of such power and authority as to change the course of history. By becoming familiar with the many different movements of the sword - jabs, thrusts, sweepings, swingings, open arcs, rakings, decisive cuts - he can meet the enemy head on and decapitate him with confidence.

   Even better, he can deliberately and knowingly quote the scriptures, knowing that he is doing precise work,

and specific work, which can make the work of the Holy Spirit much more efficient and productive. Preaching the gospel is a veritable INVASION of the SWORD.

7. Eph.6:18. "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;" OK: Pray at all times, on every occasion, in every season, in the Spirit, with all manner of prayer and entreaty.

There is a whole host of different kinds of prayer which a Christian can make, but here are just a few types to whet your imagination:

Diligent seeking for something, reminding God of what He has promised, intercession on behalf of nations, a highly profitable thing to do, speaking directly to God, something which can be done at any time, asking for specific guidance when the Bible is not specific enough, the Christian's method of overcoming all personal abuse, special pleading, and the moment by moment communion with God.

Mat.17:12. To gain victory over the toughest of demons, a Christian is expected to turn on it with prayers

and with fasting, in a spiritual act of aggression. (Mark 9:2)

Acts 6:4. Evangelists, apostles and preachers are expected to be always praying and ministering the word, since prayer makes the word effective through the Spirit.

Acts 12:5. When Peter was put into prison "prayer was made without ceasing of the church to God for him", and great things happened to Peter.

2Cor.1:11 When Paul spoke of God's deliverances of him and other preachers, he attributed the work to God, but said "you also helping together by prayer for us" which certainly indicates the effective power of prayer.

Phil.4:6. "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplicat­ion with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God". Here is a very exact definition of what prayer is for. The Christian can first of all identify his problem, then he can decide what sort of prayer he is going to use, then he can come into the holy of holies in the Spirit, and lay the problem or difficulty out before the Lord, then he can apply pressure by using his authority as a son or daughter of God, and after that, he can expect the Lord to act according to His own methods and prerogative.

Prayer is a very aggressive weapon. It is international. You've heard of ICBMs? well how about sending off

 some ICBMs (Intercontinental Believer's Prayers). A Christian in New Zealand can affect the course of

human activity anywhere in the world through prayer. Through intercession revivals have begun, cities have

 been preserved, armies have been defeated, souls have been saved, disasters have been averted... the

Bible is full of examples and today there are many books containing modern day examples.


James 5:15,16 Praying has a lot to do with healing. "The prayer of faith shall save the sick... the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much". All Christians can pray for the sick, and all can join to pray for many other things as they see the need.

Mat. 2.1:22."And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive" Jesus also explains that "if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father..." Mat.18:19. And, "Ask, and it shall be given you;" Mat.7:7. And, "What things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them". Mark 11:24. These are all promises by Jesus to His close followers. It isn't something which those not following Him are expected to understand, but Christians are supposed to be familiar with their Lord, and should know what He wants for them, so their prayers should be according to His will.

One good clear example of praying within God's will is in Romans 10:1, where Paul says: “My HEART'S DESIRE and PRAYER to God for Israel is, that they might be saved". It is God's clear intention and revealed will that "Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: "Isa.45:17 so Paul's prayer on this matter, and our prayer too, is absolutely sure to prosper.

Very often God WANTS to do something but is prevented from acting because of the ABSENSE of prayers. Take for example Isaiah 59:16, where it says that God "wondered that there was no intercessor", and because there was no intercessor praying to Him, He came in fury and judgment. (Nevertheless He remembered His former oaths to His people and left a remnant).

In Daniel 9:23, we are told that this man was another faithful Christian who saw a promise which God had made earlier on to Jeremiah (29:10) and immediately set to pray about it. He asked God to bring His promises to pass.

Today, the Christian can go in prayer and remind the Lord of such promises as Mark l6:17,18, and then GO out to preach, knowing that the promises are as reliable as the God who made them.

Stand therefore, Christian, in the power of the Lord, as He uses your strengths and your weaknesses, and Go Christian, as you are expected to go, preaching the gospel, trusting in. the Person of Jesus Christ. Speak, Christian, the message of reconciliation to all you meet, and Fight, Christian, as you stir up abuse and hostility, and always turn to your Bible for your answers as often as you can - trusting in the Person, who gave it to you. March, Christian, in the right footwear, always ready to explain salvation to any who will listen, and quote the scriptures carefully, planting them in people's hearts, and Pray, Christian, in a specific way, expecting to see conversions and answers and provisions. These are the conditions and the weapons. Your part is to fulfill the conditions and take up the weapons - that way the Lord can PROSPER you.

I hope this study has brought out the fact that Christians are expected to be aggressive in their faith, not passive and on defense. It is the world of unbelievers which must defend its lack of faith.  The arming of the Christian with the weapons is a preparation for war, and the success which so many Christians expect comes with obedient use of the weapons.

   Prosperity always follows obedience.

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