PULLING OUT THE BIG GUNS
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
Does God equip His people with big guns? Are do we simply face every battle with a slingshot and a stick, as David did with Goliath?
The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh. We have BIG GUNS to fire at the enemy, but they are not the guns of this world.
PAUL AND SILAS USED BIG GUNS
Paul and Silas were in Philippi doing the will of God: exposing the deeds of darkness and preaching the Word of God without apology or compromise. In so doing, they faced serious opposition as the devil incited the people to come against them in a big way. Paul and Silas ended up beaten, bloodied, and imprisoned with their feet in the stocks (see Acts 16).
The devil, that fierce, roaring lion, seemed to have them in his grasp. They were down and out in Philippi. Or were they? At midnight, in the midst of great physical and emotional pain and demonically inspired adversity, Paul and Silas resisted the urge to gripe, complain, doubt and despair. Instead, they pulled out the big guns.
"But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them" (Acts 16:25)
Now I can see praying in that situation, but singing hymns of praise to God? WOW! That praise said to God, "No matter what, Lord, we know You are in control of this situation. We trust You, love You, and exalt Your name in the midst of our suffering because You alone are worthy."
BOOM! In response to their prayer and praise, God sent an earthquake that shook the house. God brought about a jailhouse rock! Lives were touched and changed for all eternity as the jailer and his whole household received Christ as Savior and Lord. Great rejoicing took place that night. And it all started because the big guns of prayer, praise, and faith were unleashed in that prison.
IN YOUR LIFE
My friend, do you find yourself in trouble today? Are you failing miserably? Is the devil charging at you full force? Are you afraid and don't know what to do? Have you been doing the will of God only to experience suffering and hardship because of it? Are you ready to throw in the towel and follow the terrible advice of Job's heartbroken wife who said to Job, "Curse God and die!"?
It's time to pull out the big guns! It is time to start praying, praising, and believing God. Your "jailhouse rock" is coming. Don't give up! Don't despair! Don't quit! There is great power in prayer and praise. Satan hates it when we pray, and he can't handle the praise and faith.
The big guns are at your disposal. They are the weapons of our warfare. They tear down strongholds and put the devil to flight. Will you employ the big guns today?
Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls. Jeff began From His Heart Ministries, a radio and television ministry, in January of 2005. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no salary from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.