How often you think of life in terms of “warfare” or “conflict”? As we enter into a spiritual understanding of life with God, we understand that there is a very real war that is going on in and around us. We are imperfect people living among the imperfect, and yet the calling of God involves our transformation into His likeness so that we can be a blessing to others. God’s work of transforming us into something that we are not is the basis of this conflict.
In order to be effective in our battles, we must understand the way our enemy operates. As God works in our lives, His process is to bring us into our inheritance in Him. In this place we settle and become fruitful. The enemy will do his best to keep us from reaching our inheritance, but if he can’t keep us out of your inheritance, he will work to make sure he still has the upper hand over us. Let’s take a look at how the enemies of Israel kept Israel under oppression in the land of their inheritance:
“Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.” But all the Israelites would go down to the Philistines to sharpen each man’s plowshare, his mattock, his ax, and his sickle; and the charge for a sharpening was a pim for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to set the points of the goads. So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son.” (1 Sam 13:19-22, NKJV)
In order to make sure that Israel couldn’t have dominion over their inheritance, their enemies made sure they didn’t have any blacksmiths who could make weapons. The Israelites became dependent on their enemies to maintain their agricultural equipment, but they could never be free because they would never mobilize for war without weapons.
In your life, the enemy will allow you to work and produce what is necessary to sustain life, but to be victorious you have to be equipped with the weapons to make war. That is how the enemy operates to keep you away from him. The “day of battle” will always come, so prepare and become equipped by knowing how your enemy operates and ask God to equip you with the weapons of His righteousness.
“Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the spoiler to destroy.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.” (Isa 54:16-17, NKJV)