You may recall that in last week’s post I mentioned helping others who are in the greatest battles of their lives. Their battles have been so intense—outside of my natural ability to assist—I had to do what I should always do when in spiritual battle: Call on the Lord. He answered me, as He is so faithful to do, and gave me what to do in every situation. Each person knew that the Spirit of the Lord was ministering to her and not me. As I have continued to pray for those in great need, God revealed a weaponry arsenal in Ephesians after telling me to study the book to uncover “Ways to War.” I thought that naturally He would have me begin in Chapter 6 where we find the armor of God, but He led me to begin in Chapter 1. I just finished Chapter 1 and am excited about the nuggets I received. So today, though my Ephesians study is far from over, I want to share with you ways to war, on behalf of others and, of course, for yourself.
Tell others (and you must):
Remember who you are!—Paul immediately announces his name and title, suggesting who he is, which includes one who belongs to God (Ephesians 1:1). When you belong to God, there are certain family privileges that you receive. You can talk directly to the Father (Ephesians 2:13-18). You can expect that God will answer you (Psalm 34:17). You have access to comfort right inside of you (John 14:16-18). You can expect that God will take care of you (Psalm 34:18-19). He said He would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Of course, there are many more, but these are the few that come to mind.
Remember what you are called to do!—Paul knew that God called him to minister the gospel of Jesus to the Gentiles and this letter to the Ephesians (1:1). When you focus on what you are called to do, your focus shifts from what’s weighing you down to what lifts others’ up. God has ordained for every believer to do good works (Ephesians 2:10). When you are doing God’s will, you are drawing close to Him and He is drawing close to you (James 4:8). When you are closer to God you are resisting the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
Remember who God is and what He has done for you!—The majority of this letter is reminding the Ephesians of who God is and what He has done (vv. 3-13, 17-23). When you remember that God is the one who blesses believers with all spiritual blessings and that He has adopted us as His children because it pleased Him to do so, you know that He can do what He has done before because the Lord is the “same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Remember to have others praying for you!—Paul told the Ephesians when he heard of their faith in Jesus and their love of the saints, he prayed continuously for them. His wasn’t just an ordinary prayer of “Lord, bless them,” but was specific to what he knew they would need to continue to have strong faith and continue to love the saints. A major prayer was for the Lord to give them “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” When you have wisdom that comes from God you will receive an unveiling of who God is (Isaiah 11:2-3). When you have the knowledge and understanding of who God is you will have greater faith in Him and know what He has in store for you, what He wants you to do and how He wants you to do it. Having others pray for you fortifies your soul and spirit, brings you healing and manifestation (Ephesians 5:16).
These are the methods to use when in warfare, which essentially is at all times for the “devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8-NKJV). In order to resist the devil so he flees from us on a daily basis, we can use the above weapons. But when the warfare gets thick for others, we can love them by warring on their behalf. We can speak life to them by reminding them of who they are, what they are called to do, who God is and what God has done for them and by praying for them. Going beyond ourselves to use our spiritual weaponry for others truly is a radical act of love.
Take a Risk Challenge: This week war on behalf of others by using the methods above, knowing victory can be theirs through your obedience to spiritual warfare, a radical act of love.