Ephesians 6 NASV
10Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. 11Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. 17And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…
Our weapons do not shred the body and stop the life.
Our weapons do not cause bleeding and death.
Our weapons do not bring terror to the innocent or the naive.
Our weapons give life. Our weapons give hope. Our weapons heal.
In fact, we pray for our enemies and forgive and bless.
Does that sound like war? Healing and life and hope?
It does when the war is the battle for eternal souls. Remember, this is not a battle for land or money or resources, where the more enemies you kill, the better.
No, this is a battle to rescue, a battle to resist and drive back the infiltrator–enemy of our souls. The more people we save, the better.
It might help to think of this war like the unseen battle against infection in the body. The goal is to save cells, not destroy them. The enemy, whether it be the devil or Strep A, seeks to destroy, to spread and kill.
The Great Spiritual War is also often unseen, taking place beyond our vision, though we see symptoms of the spiritual war in brokenness and pain.
We strengthen people with hope and joy in the love of Christ, just like we might strengthen cells in the body with nutrition and hydration. The stronger the cells, the stronger the organ. The stronger the organs, the stronger the body.
The more we strengthen the weak, refresh the weary, feed the pure Word of God to the spiritually starving, the more we defeat the enemy.
Not only do we fight the war with strengthening the good, but we also fight with weakening the evil. This is battle against thoughts and pretentions with the Sword of the Spirit, both within our selves and outside of our selves.
Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Mercy. Forgiveness. The very Word of God…those are our weapons of the very real war that we are in the middle of right now.