When the Jewish spies went into the Promised Land, there ahead of them was lush fruit in abundance. But there was a problem. There were also giants in the land who were not ready to let the Jews take over their property. This account is found in Numbers 13:25-33.
Joshua and Caleb were men of courage and of faith, so these 2 were allowed by God to go into the Land. But the other 10 spies saw themselves as mere grasshoppers (verse 33).
In our individual lives we often are presented with the revealed will of God to bless us, prosper us and keep us in health, but the promises get eclipsed by the situations that were at present facing.
Small bills that perhaps were unexpected caused by the financial climate of the country we live in, or the political decisions of government, or the sickness of a member of our family can hit our little boat with big waves and we find ourselves in panic and fear of sinking.
A small financial need can easily grown into a giant.
How are we supposed to face such giants? Well it’s certainly going to need courage, but God wants to show us how much He has made available to us spiritual weapons, rather that just work ourselves harder and harder and fall sick.
David when facing Goliath chose 5 smooth stones, (1Sam.17: 40) from the river. These were his weapons.
The Apostle Paul teaches that: “The weapons of our warfare are not physical weapons, but spiritual and able to destroy strongholds,” (2Cor.10: 4).
So what are these spiritual weapons and how do we use them?
Well the first thing any minister of the Gospel is going to say when problems arise is: ‘Have you prayed about it?’
Prayer is indeed a spiritual weapon but the way in which it is used is usually incorrect. The normal thing that Christians do is find a quiet place at home or in church and sob and cry and explain to God how bad their difficulties are and doesn’t He care about them? This is what the disciples of Jesus did as they found themselves in a small boat on a stormy Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:38).
Jesus rebuked them for being fearful and for their lack of faith, (Mark 4:40). You probably think that was pretty mean of Him. But what He wanted them to do was to use their authority to still the storm in the same way that He did.
In another situation described in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus told His disciples to: “Have the faith of God and say to the mountain be removed and cast into the sea. If he refused to doubt and believed in the things he said, he would have what he said,” (Mark 11:22,23).
The mountain is the giant or storm you are facing.
So let’s just be clear about the 3 weapons mentioned so far.
Prayer: but in the sense of not moaning to God about your problem, but speaking to the problem itself.
Faith: Believing that you will have what you say.
Authority: Knowing who you are in Christ and the authority and power He has already given you (Luke 9:1).
What are the other 2 ‘stones’ in David’s pouch, the other 2 weapons in our armoury?
In any crisis or problem we need the Lord to give us His special promise from the Bible. We sometimes call this a Rhema Word meaning a God Breathed Word.
Suppose you have discovered Philippians 4:19: “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
The Apostle Paul wrote this to the church at Philippi. They had been faithful in supporting his mission from the beginning and he called them “partners in the Gospel” (Phil. 1:7). If you in your difficult times remain faithful to God and support His Godly cause then His Word to you is this: “Let them shout for joy and be glad that favour My righteous cause: yea let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants,” (Ps. 35:27).
So His Word to you is a strong spiritual weapon. In fact in Ephesians Paul calls the word of God “the sword of the Spirit” (Eph. 6:17).
So when you speak to your problem, to your mountain, use this weapon.
Speak this aloud in faith:
“Debt I destroy you in Jesus Name, God’s will is that I shall prosper and He takes pleasure in me because I support the preaching of His Gospel of grace.”
Now to our last weapon which is often neglected but is really vital:
The spiritual weapon of praise.
In realising that God takes pleasure in our prosperity we are to jump for joy and be glad. Yes, even before the circumstances change and the mountain has been removed.
The most vivid example of this is when King Jehoshaphat sent out the singers in front of the army to defeat the Moabites and the Ammonites. “And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes and the enemies destroyed each other,” (2 Chron. 20:22).
The prophet Jahaziel had told the king: “Be not dismayed for the battle is not yours but God’s,” (2 Chron. 20:15).
Now you know that the will of God is for you to: “prosper and be in health,” (3 John2), whatever financial giant you face you can declare that the battle is not yours but God’s.
Like David did declare to the financial giant that: “the Lord will deliver you into my hand and I will smite you and cut off your head,” (1 Sam 17:46).
Your spiritual weapons of prayer, faith, authority, the Word and praise are mighty and will destroy the stronghold in your mind, which has been a set way of thinking that you are defeated.
The truth is that: “we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us,” (Rom. 8:37).