Feelings Series 3 of 6: Weapons of Our Warfare

Feelings Series 3 of 6: Weapons of Our Warfare

Feelings Series 1 of 6: My Testimony Of Overcoming My Soul
Feelings Series 2 of 6: How to rule over our feelings
Feelings Series 3 of 6: Weapons of Our Warfare
Feelings Series 4 of 6: Overcoming Fear
Feelings Series 5 of 6: How to live a life of contentment
Feelings Series 6 of 6: The truth about Identity & Authority
In the previous teaching titled "How to rule over our feelings," we briefly spoke about weapons of our warfare. In this teaching, I want to go into greater details.
What are the weapons of our warfare?
What we think about a matter, will eventually tell us how to feel about that situation. For example, if I think that most dogs are mean, I may feel angry (anger is defined as a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility) whenever dogs are around me. If I feel like my brother's wife talks negatively about me and think that she is better than me, then when I see her I may feel resentment (bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly) whenever I am around her. The thought always comes first, the feeling is second, and the belief is third. While we cannot get rid of our feelings, we can rule over them. It's easier for us to rule over our feelings before they get to the point of feelings by adjusting our thoughts. Adjusting our thoughts will improve the more we do it. We adjust our thoughts by using the spiritual weapons (a means of gaining an advantage or defending oneself in a conflict or contest) of our warfare, so that we can have the result that Paul speaks about in 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.

We are going to dive deeper to see what our spiritual weapons are. 
If we start to meditate on the situation or offense (annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself or one's standards or principles) then we have moved passed thinking about it, to accepting the thoughts from our flesh or the enemy and now we feel a way about the situation or offense.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:1-6 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4-6: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
  • Isaiah 59:17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head.
  • Ephesians 6:10-18 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm (hold stubbornly to a position. Take a firm stand. Be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge) then,
1. With the belt of truth buckled around your waist (A belt is a strip of leather or cloth that you fasten round your waist. Belts are used to secure or hold up clothing). I believe that the Holy Spirit led Paul to write these 6 spiritual weapons of our warfare intentionally in this order. When reading verse 6 "belt of truth buckled around your waist" we can read it as following: The word of God is a spiritual weapon of our warfare used to secure our most sacred area to ensure that it holds up. This spiritual weapon will cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ as stated in 2 Corinthians 10:5, when we fill our mind (thoughts) with the word of God, and by unfilling our mind (thoughts) with the words of the devil. In Jeremiah 13:1-10, the Lord told Jeremiah to “Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water.” So I bought a belt, as the Lord directed, and put it around my waist. Then the word of the Lord came to me a second time: “Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Perath and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks.” So I went and hid it at Perath, as the Lord told me. Many days later the Lord said to me, “Go now to Perath and get the belt I told you to hide there.” So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “This is what the Lord says: ‘In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt—completely useless!"

Truth in verse 14 is referencing the Holy Spirit and the word of God. The same word [alhqeia] is also used in the following scriptures below.
  • John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
  • John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
  • John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
Let's see what the word says about the word helping to renew our mind
  • Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
  • Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  • Matthew 15:18-20 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
  • Philippians 3:12-21 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Philippians 4:1-8 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothingbut in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Godand the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Story time: At the starting of my first major trial and tribulation back in 2018, I cried out to God. I was conflicted in thoughts and oppressed by the demonic spirit of fear. The Holy Spirit led me to quit my corporate job without a backup plan. The day after crying out to the Lord (around October 2018), as I was reading my daily biblical professions Jesus visited me, although I didn't see him. His glory was so strong, I fell down to the ground and I couldn't even look up. To make a long story short, he did 4 things that I didn't understand at the moment. Thing # 1, spiritually, he put a belt on me. Thing #2, spiritually, he put a breastplate on me. Thing #3, he told me that he gave me might. Thing #4, he put my hands together to my chest and moved them out (the gesture was that the love he gave me, I'd give out). It's no coincidence that the first two weapons of our warfare is what God gave me in the beginning of my first major trial and tribulation, as he knew that is what I'd need.

2With the breastplate of righteousness in place(A breastplate is a device worn over the torso to protect it from injury), and
  • 1 John 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices (the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to itrighteousness has been born of him.
  • 1 John 3:7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.
  • 2 Timothy 2:2 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
  • Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
  • Philippians 1:11 Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
  • Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith.”
  • Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
  • 1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
  • Proverbs 21:3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
3. With your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace (A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the movement (biomechanics) and overall bodily structure). The KJV w/Strong's concordance defines peace as  the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.
  • Romans 10:15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
  • Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Revelation 14:6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.
4. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one (a shield is a broad piece of metal or another suitable material, held by straps or a handle attached on one side, used as a protection against blows or missiles). We shouldn't confuse obedience with faith. Faith leads to obedience according to Romans 1:5, and obedience leads to greater faith, but it is not the same thing. The more we believe, the more we obey and the more we obey, the more we believe. I've noticed something with newly born-again believers, we say that we have faith for God to perform a miracle, and we have faith to follow God's detailed instructions, which I believe we do to an extent, but biblical that's considered small faith, and it will not get us that miracle without depending on someone else's faith (e.g. the disciples in Matthew 17:14-21). As I mentioned in the teaching titled the truth about faith, to be full of faith means that we have faith to believe God despite if we see a quick manifestation. I know you're probably wondering, if that's true then what does Jesus mean in Matthew 17:20 when he speaks about mustard see faith? A mustard seed is small, and when the seed is full grown, the tree is humongous. Check out the teaching: What is faith? We can also understand faith to mean, being stable (having confidence) in what you do not see because you are certain that the unseen will be manifested.
  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
5. Take the helmet of salvation (A helmet is protective head coverings usually made of a hard material to resist impact). Salvation according to the KJV with Strong's Concordance is defined as defender or (by implication) defence. A defender is a person who defends someone or something. Defending is defined as "resisting an attack made on someone or something; protecting from harm or danger."
  • Acts 28:28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.
  • Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
6. and the sword of the Spirit , which is the word of God(a sword is a weapon such as a cutlass or rapier) with a long blade for cutting or thrusting that is often used as a symbol of honor or authority). This spiritual weapon will cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ as stated in 2 Corinthians 10:5, by speaking to God about it. We should never hide our feelings, thoughts, and beliefs from God; He already knows all about them! Some believers think that speaking negativity about their life, and the life of others is the same thing as being honest with God about what they are feeling, and asking him for help to reject the feelings so that they keep their liberty (freedom). Satan can and does put thoughts into our mind, but he cannot put feelings into our heart. When it gets to the point of feelings that means that we've accepted the thoughts either from our flesh or the enemy. Speaking to God about what's in our heart is okay, that is not considered speaking words against God's plan for our life. If we don't speak to him about it, then we will have a very hard time getting God's best for us. Our feelings that are not addressed with God, will eventually turn into actions and or bitterness.

Word of God in verse 18 is referencing God's rhema word, not the written word. Below are other verses that reference God's rhema words.
  • Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the (rhema) word of Christ.
  • John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • 1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
  • Matthew 12:36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak. Proof text that rhema means spoken word.
Concluded Summary
By following these 6 steps, we should know that the result will be that the weapons of our warfare will help cast down all imaginations and high things that exalt itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity the word of God. as Paul states in 2 Corinthians 10:5, However, we have a part, and our part is to do the 6 steps and don't stop just because it's get's difficult. The more that we make this a routine the more that it will become enact. When you read the high-level recap below, you'll see that Jesus Christ did this, and is why he overcame.
1. Read the word of God daily and speak to the Holy Spirit daily
2. Pursue, seek, practice righteousness in every situation so that we can live in righteousness (Matthew 5:43-48)
3. Always be ready to share the gospel of peace in every situation
4. Walk in faith
5. Salvation is our defense
6. The spoken word of God is how we get faith, it remains forever and is what the enemy cannot take from us.
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