The Weapons of Our Warfare

By Evan Wiggs



(2 Cor 10:3 NASB) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,

(2 Cor 10:4 NASB) for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.


The Sin to Bondage Cycle

Today sin permeates the Church. Thousands are chained and shackled by the enemy. Spiritual life is snuffed out, witness is derailed, prayer is choked out, and Bible reading is nullified by rampant sin. There is no Spiritual power in the Church at large today because there is little private purity. Holiness is a foreign concept and many simply do not understand what the Bible teaches about the believerís power over sin.

(Rom 7:18 NASB) For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.

(Rom 7:19 NASB) For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish.

This is a good statement to represent the life of many believers today. They are in a cyclic dance with sin and they cannot get out. They are trapped in the cycle of sin leading to bondage.

Where does sin start in our lives?

(Mat 5:21 NASB) "You have heard that the ancients were told, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.'

(Mat 5:22 NASB) "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, 'Raca,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

(Mat 5:27 NASB) "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY';

(Mat 5:28 NASB) but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Fleshly man wants the easy way out. The Pharisees of Jesusí day were empty religionists. They looked good on the outside but were rotten on the inside. Jesus pointed out to them that the sin, they so studiously avoided by their rituals, was already deeply imbedded in them. Sin starts in the thought life. The battlefield of the spirit world is in the mind of man. Every vile sin in the life of a Christian started somewhere in a thought in the mind. The sin can roll around in the mind for years gaining strength until suddenly it erupts in a vomit of action. Others see it and say "Why I wonder where that came from?" like it was a sudden thing. Why brother so and so was such a saintly man! We see televangelists self destruct in an orgy of sin and wonder how it came to be. The sin starts on the simple level of a thought.

The thought is entertained and mulled over, the person finding pleasure in the thought. The thought goes from temptation to sin when the person does this. The process continues until there is a stronghold in the personís mind where the enemy rules. If you can see the mind as a big house with many rooms and each room being a facet of that mind, then the enemy is occupying a room. The thought begins to dominate because the person likes how thinking about it makes them feel. It gives them pleasure and they keep coming back. This is a stronghold of Satan in the mind. This stage may last for weeks, months or years.

The next step is for the thought to materialize into action. A lustful thought may lead to reading pornography and self-gratification or adultery. An angry thought may lead to verbal attack and even physical attack. A thought of gluttony leads to binge eating and ill health. A morbid thought leads to depression and to the entertainment of self with death thoughts and ultimately suicide. There is a release of pleasure at the physical action that further strengthens the enemyís hold.

The physical action coupled with the continuing thought pattern leads to the next stage of bondage to sin. The enemy has trapped the person in a downward spiral of sin Ė action Ė perverse pleasure / pain. The person cannot escape by sheer will for they are in chains. Some have cycles of great pain and pleasure that, perversely, actually compliment each other. Others jump into the cycle with frenzy not even caring anymore about what is happening to them. Many are deceived thinking it is natural and normal to live in such a low state. Thus sin becomes not just what you do, but becomes what you are.

All this started in a simple thought. Part of this problem is the Churchís low opinion of sin. Sin is not so bad today. The Church is more comfortable with sin now and the world subtly leads us away. But that is not how God views sin. He has not changed His opinion in the sway of negative press. He is not wavering about whether He will accept some things we so want Him to. The asherim in the sacred groves in the high places of our lives He want to tear down and grind to dust, but we like to go there on occasion and forbade His entrance. We are in bondage to sin and donít even know it is killing us.

(Rom 7:24 NASB) Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?

In this great cry of the Spirit Paul shows the depth of the destruction sin will ultimately bring out in peoples lives. The "Body of Death" was a practice in the great maritime prison in Rome. If a prisoner killed another prisoner while there, the punishment was to have the dead body of the one killed chained to his own until the putrefaction of the dead body killed him. The first few days would not be too bad but it would gradually get worse and worse. It is interesting to note that the sense of smell is phasic. If you are in a very strong smelling situation for a period of time your sense of smell will turn off to that very strong smell. This is much like our moral conscience being placed in an area of intense sin. It simply will turn off many times leaving us bereft of moral guidance. It is seared by moral decay and cannot act in the Godly capacity it is supposed to. We cannot "smell" what sin is doing to us. This is how God views sin. It is like a putrid body sending all its poisons into our body and we donít even know it because our smell is turned off. We are not aware sin is slowly killing us. The stench of sin is all about us and we tell those who are trying to help us, "Iím just fine." Oh how we grieve our Lord! How He wants to come and clean us up, remove the sin and doctor our wounds.

The Vectors of Sin

A vector in biology is how a disease is passed. The vector of the flu virus is from lungs to lungs but it came from some animal that was the host. Sin has a vector too. In fact there are three of them.


(Gal 4:3 NASB) So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.

(Col 2:8 NASB) See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

(James 4:4 NASB) You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

(2 Pet 1:4 NASB) For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

(1 John 2:15 NASB) Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

(1 John 2:16 NASB) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

Here we see some verses that tell us the nature of the world. Much of the world is wonderful. I look upon the beauty of the Ocean or Mountain scene and can see the handiwork of my God. But that world is not what the Bible is warning us about. It is about the system and thought patterns of the world. The elemental things are how you think, how you view your place in society. TV, movies, magazines, books tell us how we should think. I know many Christians who devour R rated movies and think nothing of it, many who read suggestive romances or crime novels and believe they are alright. Many pay attention to TV for more hours than they read the Word or pray by many times over. The heart of the Lord aches to talk with His people but they are too busy indulging in the quagmire of the world.

The world offers riches and toys for those who are willing to pay the price. I recently saw in the local paper a report about three men who are preaching a message of "optimism". We are coming off 40 years of unbridled growth and the future is bright with promise as technology and money will solve all our ills. There is a new rich class rising in the country that is rich by virtue of investments in technology. Microsoft has been one of the greatest millionaire makers in history. All this makes me weep!!! We are rich in money and technology but paupers in the Spirit of God. We are adulterers to the world and have succumbed to its vain philosophies. I see children with boastful shirts that claim some 4í kid can play above the rim, or with other trash talk or taunts to some vanquished opponent on the court or field. This is garbage! I will only boast in my Jesus! Let the riches of the world rot with it for they are hay and stubble.

How do we deal with the world system? It pervades the airwaves and is in every newspaper and magazine. It is on a hundred million T-shirts and thousands of commercials. It is subtle and devastating to the Church.

(Col 3:1 NASB) If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

(Col 3:2 NASB) Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

(2 Cor 10:5 NASB) We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

(2 Cor 10:6 NASB) and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

We are to ignore the world. We are called to place our mind elsewhere than the world. There is a very real world around us we cannot see with our fleshly eyes. There is a very real banquet in reading the World and praying. To go outside that is equal to leaving a sumptuous banquet and finding dinner in a Dumpster.

We must raise our level of thinking, we must set our minds on the things above, we must take every thought captive. This takes on effort on our part. Turn the TV off, put the book or magazine down, pick up the Word and start the dialog with the Living God! He says he will hear and bless His people again. Oh how we need His living presence in our Churches again!


(Mat 26:41 KJV) Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

(John 6:63 NASB) "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

(Rom 7:5 NASB) For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.

(Rom 8:5 NASB) For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

(Rom 8:6 NASB) For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

(Rom 8:7 NASB) because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so;

(Rom 8:8 NASB) and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You see the flesh is no good. When we were unsaved the flesh and the soul got along famously. Whatever the flesh wanted the soul OKíd. When temptation came the flesh said, "I want that and I want that now" The soul said "you bet!" And sin came in and started spreading death. Flesh can imitate many things. Flesh can imitate the spiritual man. Flesh can say all the right words and even do many of the same things, but it will always fall back to sinful ways just like dog returns to its vomit. The flesh is full of sinful passions and cannot even begin to please God for it is really hostile to God. It sneaks around with pious words but looks at another person with lust, or pride or anger and rationalizes its sin. The flesh is heavy in the Church. Many men are trapped in pornography because they are fleshly. The Internet has made it possible for men to indulge in this sin privately. They would be afraid of going to a pornographic bookstore for fear of someone seeing them. This is typical flesh hypocrisy. Women have the same problem but it is more socially acceptable. They read the romance novels and indulge in romantic sexual fantasies. The shelves of the paperback bookstore are full of romantic novels with some half-dressed female in the arms of some swashbuckling, square jawed male. This is just as dangerous and fleshly as the men. We need to confess our sins and come clean!

How do we deal with the flesh?

(Rom 6:5 NASB) For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection,

(Rom 6:6 NASB) knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin;

(Rom 6:7 NASB) for he who has died is freed from sin.

(Gal 2:20 NASB) "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.

(Gal 5:24 NASB) Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

(Gal 6:14 NASB) But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

(1 Cor 15:31 NASB) I protest, brethren, by the boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

We kill the flesh!! Beloved, we cannot tame the flesh, for the flesh cannot discipline the flesh, for that is like the fox guarding the chicken house. We must let the Lord crucify it daily, we must let Him pound nails into its hands and feet and pierce its side. We have to let Him nail it screaming to the cross, that most blessed instrument. We have to do it all the time, every time it raises up we must jet Jesus kill it again. We pray to our Lord to help us and break us of the flesh. He will, oh how He will! We must become dead to this world and its sin. Have you ever tried to tempt a dead man. You can try and tempt him with all sorts of things but you will get no response. We need to be like that to the world. Claim these promises in Godís Word! When it says that we are crucified with Christ and Christ lives in us, claim that as true and let it work itself out in you. You donít know the utter riches and glory that resided in your spirit! There is a Holy Glory in your breast that can take care of every thing that ever happens to you and can move any obstacle, heal any disease, set any prisoner free, love the most unlovable, raise the dead, conquer any enemy by the power of God!!!!

But Iím jumping ahead a bit. Our God is awesome indeed. Now let us look at the third vector for sin.


(Acts 10:38 NASB) "You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him.

(2 Tim 2:26 NASB) and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

(1 John 3:8 NASB) the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

(Rev 12:9 NASB) And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

(John 8:44 NASB) "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.

(Mat 13:19 NASB) "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.

(1 John 5:19 NASB) We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

I could find may more verses telling about the devil but it is very clear he is bad! He is a liar, murder, oppressor, sinner, and a snatcher of truth and deceiver. He wants to destroy the Church by subtly deceiving the believer into the snare and oppression of sin. He is implacable and full of hate. He has no redeeming qualities. He is prideful and spiteful. He does not fight fair nor does he take quarter. He doesnít sleep and all his thoughts are evil. He enjoys corrupting innocence and will the take the sweetest spirit and corrupt it with mad glee. He is insane with black evil. I cannot begin to tell you of the depths of darkness that is in his soul but it is a blackness that is eternal. He has imploded on himself in a fury of foulness and cannot see anything else. He deserves our deepest and most abiding wrath for he has led millions to a fiery hell and will lead more unless the Church arises and takes its rightful place. He is not omnipotent, nor omniscient. He cannot be all places at all times. He has a vast network of demons who answer to him and they have been around thousands of years. He is the world ruler of this age.

And he is defeated!!

(1 John 3:8 NASB) the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

(Col 2:13 NASB) And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

(Col 2:14 NASB) having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

(Col 2:15 NASB) When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

Jesus won the victory already!!! We donít have to do it. He is the VICTOR!!! Praise the Lord for His mighty works! He destroyed the works of the devil and he disarmed the rulers and authorities in the heavenlies who are our enemies. He put them to public shame in His great victory. They no longer have authority to rule over us. They are defeated and shattered. What they do now is deceive and lie. They put on a great show of power in weak minds that are not full of the Spirit and thus hold many in thralldom.

How do we deal with the Devil?

(Luke 4:1 NASB) And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness

(Luke 4:2 NASB) for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days; and when they had ended, He became hungry.

(Luke 4:3 NASB) And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."


(Luke 4:5 NASB) And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

(Luke 4:6 NASB) And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.

(Luke 4:7 NASB) "Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours."

(Luke 4:8 NASB) And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'"

(Luke 4:9 NASB) And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here;



(Luke 4:12 NASB) And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is said, 'YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.'"

(Luke 4:13 NASB) And when the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.

(Luke 4:14 NASB) And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit; and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.

Now we really need to look at this story. Jesus came from his Baptism at the Jordan River "full of the Holy Spirit" and was led into the wilderness to fast 40 days. Fasting weakens the flesh. The flesh is what the enemy uses. The Devil came to Jesus three times to tempt Him. The first was in the flesh. The devil wanted Jesus to make bread to satisfy the fleshly hunger. The second was in the soul. The devil wanted Jesus to short circuit His earthly work and satisfy His pride by receiving all the world easily. The third was in the spirit. The devil wanted Jesus to prove to the entire world that He was the Messiah by a great demonstration of His power. But Jesus resisted every thrust by saying "It is written" "It is written" conveys the power and glory of God that is wrapped and hidden in humility. It is something the world the flesh and the devil do not understand.

Now look at Jesus after the confrontation with the devil. He went out in "the power of the Spirit". He went out endued with power from on high and the world took notice. The enemy was put on alert. Here was one who was coming to destroy all their works. They fought hard and even thought they had won the victory but this amazing God we serve, hidden in the humble servant, utterly defeated and destroyed them. Because he won we win too.

(Luke 10:19 NASB) "Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you.

(1 Pet 5:8 NASB) Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

(1 Pet 5:9 NASB) But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.

(Eph 4:27 NASB) and do not give the devil an opportunity.

(Eph 6:11 NASB) Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

(Eph 6:12 NASB) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

(Eph 6:13 NASB) Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.



(Eph 6:16 NASB) in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.

(Eph 6:17 NASB) And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

(Eph 6:18 NASB) With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

Resist him, rebuke him, be alert, be vigilant, be firm in faith, put on the armor, pray. All these things do and absolutely bore into our Lord and seek him out every day. Walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Pray for yourself to gain new hunger for Him. Read the Word, and when you read - pray the Word into your heart. Walk in the authority that is yours! That is how we beat the enemy!!!


(Rom 12:1 NASB) I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

(Rom 12:2 NASB) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

(Eph 1:3 NASB) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

(Eph 1:4 NASB) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love

(Col 1:21 NASB) And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,

(Col 1:22 NASB) yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach--

(1 John 3:4 NASB) Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

(1 John 3:5 NASB) And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

(1 John 3:6 NASB) No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

Now Jesus has done His mighty work to bring us out of the kingdom of this world to the wonderful Kingdom of Heaven. We still battle the world, the flesh and the devil but we should not "practice" sin. We should not keep going back again and again to the pits of darkness to practice those things. Do we sin still? Yes, we are not perfected yet but we must grow in grace and learn how to be holy. I know in my own life that I am learning to look at people and things through Jesus eyes. I have an associate I work with that is a striking woman. I have shared deeply with her and poured out glory into her soul because she is a seeker after God. I was in another office recently when they asked about the good-looking blond that I work with. I didnít know what they were talking about for a minute because I donít view her in that way. I look at her like Jesus does. I sin when I fail to look at someone through Jesus eyes. It is not a gross lusting problem but a learning to see with eyes of compassion, love and mercy. If anything, my sins are refined so to speak. They deal with finer things of the Spirit. God is refining me down more and more. They are just as grievous as my more gross sins were to my Lord and He rebukes me and chastens me as a son to learn His ways.


If Jesus came out of His confrontation with the devil in the "power of the Spirit" we can too. We need to realize the power that resides in us. Truly he has blessed us with every Spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

(John 14:16 NASB) "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;

(John 14:17 NASB) that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you.

 (John 16:13 NASB) "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

(John 16:14 NASB) "He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you.

(Luke 24:49 NASB) "And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high."

(Acts 1:8 NASB) but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."

(Acts 2:1 NASB) And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.

(Acts 2:2 NASB) And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

(Acts 2:3 NASB) And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.

(Acts 2:4 NASB) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Pentecost was the coming of the helper, the comforter, the Spirit of power, the promise of Jesus always being with us even the end of the age. The prime reasons for the Holy Spirit inhabiting His people is to give them power to be witnesses of His saving grace, power to live holy and pure lives, power to cast demons out, power to heal every disease, power to raise the dead and power to pray and call heaven down because heaven is in our hearts. We desperately need this power from on high in our churches today.

John G. Lake said:

"Christianity is a divine content. Christianity is heavenly dynamite. Christianity is the ultimate of all consciousness of God. Christianity is wholly supernatural. Christianity comes down from heaven from the innermost heart of the glorified Christ. Christianity is in the innermost and uttermost of man declaring: ĎI am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.í (Rev. 1:18). Christianity is the spotless descent of God into man, and the sinless ascent of man into God. The Holy Spirit is the agent by Whom it is accomplished."

Is this true for you? Do you walk in power in this world? When you pray do the earth and sky obey? Does the devil know who you are? Does sickness flee at your word? We have authority to do all this in Jesus.

It will not happen until believers receive it themselves. Have you waited "to be clothed with power from on high"? Has the power of God thrilled your heart and filled you with glory? If not why not? If not now Ė when? If not you Ė who? There is incredible power for anyone who really believes the word and will act on it. May you find it my beloved.