In the armor of God, there is only one weapon.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And God told us very clearly that this weapon was to be used against spiritual enemies – not people.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
God commanded me to love people (John 13:34). He told me to be in relationship with people (Heb. 10:24-25). His Will is that I live in peace with people (Heb. 12:14).
So, it should come as no surprise that my spiritual enemies spend a lot of time trying to sabotage my relationships with people.
This is precisely why God told me to use His Word as a sword.
II Corinthians 10:4-5
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
A stronghold is an established lie.
It’s depression telling me I’m worthless, so asking for help would only make me a burden on others. This means isolation is the only answer.
God gave me His Word to demolish that stronghold.
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Yes, there are many scriptures that tell me to pray for others and offer my help to others. But He also tells me to ask for help and to allow others to pray for and help me.
So, when I hear that old, familiar lie pulling me down into isolation, I need to cut it off with the truth of the Word of God.
An argument is an active lie.
It’s paranoia telling me that everyone thinks I’m stupid. And I spend time and energy defending myself in my head to prove to “them” that I have a right to exist.
God has told me again and again that the answer is not to use scripture to argue with the lies, but to completely move my focus from the lies and concentrate on His truth.
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
An argument is a moving target; but the Word of God is supernaturally accurate. It’s my job to pick it up and use it. The Holy Spirit will make sure it demolishes the argument, no matter how loud it gets or how fast it moves.
Pretension is an intimidating lie.
It’s anxiety telling me that I’ll never be sane, because there is no cure for mental illness.
The Greek word translated “pretension” in the NIV literally means a high wall. It’s a lie that claims to be bigger and stronger than anything God has to offer.
The Israelites believed this lie when they first scouted out the Promised Land.
“We saw the Nephilim there … We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
The lie contains some truth, to make it more convincing. There were giants in the Promised Land. And I can’t beat mental illness. It’s too big for me.
But the truth of God’s Word exposes the premise of the lie. He never expected the Israelites to defeat the giants in their own strength. And He never expected me to fight mental illness in my own strength.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. … “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
For a long time, I accepted the lie that I couldn’t love others the way God wanted me to because it took all my strength just to keep myself alive. It never even occurred to me that God would take the burden of my mental illness onto His shoulders so that I could finally walk in the calling and purpose He had for my life.
But He did.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The truth of His Word cut the wall of fear down to size and showed me just how big my God is. And when I finally believed there was hope, I could follow His lead into recovery and peace.
How has the sword of the spirit destroyed the enemy’s lies in your life?
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This post is the seventh in a series on the Armor of God. The first sixposts are linked below.
Replacing Emotional Walls with the Armor of God
The Belt of Truth Strengthens My Soul
The Breastplate of Righteousness Is a Healthy Boundary
Sturdy Shoes on a Foundation of Peace
The Shield of Faith Helps Me Love My Enemy
The Helmet of Salvation Reminds Me Why I’m Here