In a previous devotional, I discussed allowing God to change the way you fight. Letting Him change your tactics and letting yourself receive a new perspective. Today, as I was running, I saw a cabinet of weapons. I walked up and took up one but realized that I was to become proficient in all the weapons. God spoke to my heart, “The most powerful warriors are those that can fight any battle because they have learned many different methods of warfare.” In a flash I saw a variety of professions, each made superior by a wealth of knowledge and variety of methods. The best doctors are those that have a larger pool to draw from rather than one tried and true medicine for any ailment. Life is the same. In a different capacity, a chef is made elite by being trained to master many different techniques and being willing to work with a variety of ingredients, not just one vegetable or meat. We would quickly become dissatisfied if we were served the same dish every single day. Instead, we revel in variety and choice.
In much the same way, a warrior is best served when they are skilled in a variety of ways because you never know who your enemy will be or how they will fight.
More than once, I have been around someone who is known for being strong in the Lord, and God has spoken to me that He wanted to teach them something new. More than once, I’ve then watched that person wrestle with this change. God used these instances to show me how important it is for me to always be listening to Him and to always remain flexible to change my tactics. I inclined my ear to listen for the change in tempo…so to speak. I mean, you wouldn’t want to show up to a gun fight with a knife would you?
Our battle is not against flesh and blood. And since we often cannot see the enemy in front of us, it is imperative that we learn to really listen to the Lord and be made aware of the real enemy. Friends, can we agree that we have an enemy? Then, can we also agree that there must be a world going on around us that we cannot see with our earthly eyes? The first step to facing the fight is to actually acknowledge that it exists. Then we can ask God to open our eyes to it and to give us wisdom.
Did you know that gentleness is a weapon? Were you aware that peace is a powerful force? Not every weapon is what you may think. When the enemy tries to stir up our world with troubles, then often it is staying in the peace that surpasses all understanding that will run him off. When someone attacks your character or is aggressively coming against you, did you know that gentleness will often halt that? There is a time for aggressiveness, but there is also a time when remaining solidly founded in gentleness and peace is an extremely powerful weapon of warfare. Never underestimate the power of a gentle response.
I challenge you again, just like the last time I discussed battle tactics, to ask God how you should be approaching the battle of today. Have the courage to use self-control. Have the courage to find joy and peace. Learn the walk of gentleness. Learn how to take your tempo back from the enemy and walk in God’s timing. Have you ever watched a basketball game and heard them say that if the team can keep the game at their tempo they will do well. Friend, get the “ball” back in your hands, stop and listen to your Coach and proceed forward at His instruction and you will succeed! The battle belongs to the Lord!!
“See it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me.” Declares the Lord. Isaiah 54:17
This is what the Lord says to you; ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ 2 Chronicles 20:15b
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands. 1 Samuel 17:47
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. Ephesians 6:12