Sovereign of Judgment
THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT - The Art of Strategic Prayer and Spiritual Warfare - Dr. Cindy Trimm.
PART III - CHAPTER EIGHT -BINDING THE STRONGMAN |
GEARING UP FOR BATTLE - YOUR ARSENAL (4)...
TONGUES OF ANGELS...
When I speak of tongues of angels, I am not speaking of something spooky. The “tongues of angels” is the language that angels understand. This is purely the Word of God declared. According to Psalm 103:20–21, when you speak God’s Word and declare His words over your circumstances, angels respond, executing and enforcing it over your situations and circumstances. (For a reference to this weapon, see 1 Corinthians 13:1.) God hastens His Word to perform it, while giving angels charge over us (Ps. 91:11; Jer. 1:12).
We do not praise because we feel good. We praise because praise is a weapon of warfare. Psalm 149:5–9 says, “Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.” Praise is also God’s will for us (1 Thess. 5:18), and when we are walking in the will of God, we are assured victory.
Judges 5:18–22 shows us how the people of God used dancing in the heat of battle:
Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field. The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money. They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength. Then were the horse- hoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.
For this weapon, we get a direct command from the Lord in Ezekiel 6:11: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Strike your hands together” (niv).
The story of the children of Israel and the wall of Jericho is the perfect example of how effective stomping and marching is to our spiritual warfare. (See Joshua 6:1–21.)
The second part of Ezekiel 6:11 provides a complementary cross-reference, telling us to “stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.”
This weapon also has its origin in the battle of Jericho. When Joshua shouted, the walls of Jericho collapsed. (See Joshua 6:1–21.)
Second Kings 3:15–19 says, “But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand. And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.” Sovereign of Judgment
THE GOOD FIGHT
As the enemy wages war against you, remember that you are fighting the good fight of faith. Your concentration should not merely rest upon what happens to you, but also upon what is happening in you and your response to what happens to you. But don’t give up, and don’t give in. We not only prevail; we also overcome every attack. Remember, the flip side of victory is warfare, and the flip side of warfare is victory. Either way, you win.
So, my brothers and sisters, “Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end” (1 Pet. 1:13). Do not give up in this battle, and do not let the enemy wear you down. Remain “steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58).
Now we move on to the strategies and tactics of how we can effectively use the weapons we just uncovered.
NEXT: CHAPTER NINE - ENGAGING THE FIGHT
Strategies and Tactics for Spiritual Warfare