Weapons of Love
In our article last week, we saw that we overcome the world by using the weapons of love.
This week, we will see how to use the weapons of love: the blood, the Word and the Spirit.
We use the weapons of love by
1. Cleaning with the blood by confessing our sins: the sins of ourselves, members of our immediate families, households and those we are in physical relational contact with each day.
1 John 1:7-10, 2:1-2 NKJV: But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
John 20:23 NKJV: If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Practically this is done by simply saying in faith and with understanding ‘Father I confess our sins’ frequently throughout each day, causing a regular cleansing of our sins throughout each day: this is also part of offering a spiritual sin offering many times each day’
2. Loading with the life of God using the name of Jesus and the Word of God:
John 20:31 NKJV: but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
2 Peter 1:2-4 NKJV: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Practically, this is done by simply saying in faith and with understanding ‘In Jesus name we have life’ frequently throughout each day causing a measure of the life of God, or living water to flow in and through you for you and those under your sphere of influence: immediate family, household, school, work or business acquaintances.
3. Fire by the Spirit: praying frequently, briefly but fervently in tongues throughout the day so releasing the power or the ‘fire’ of the Holy Spirit to ‘burn’ up the sin-nature in the mind and flesh of yourself and those in your sphere of influence, so edifying yourself and them.
Mark 9:49 NKJV: “For everyone will be seasoned with fire?
Matthew 3:11 NKJV: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Jude 20; 1 Corinthians 14:4 NKJV: But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit 1 Cor 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself
By doing these things diligently, you are edifying yourself and others in love using the weapons of love overcoming the world: the lusts of the eyes, the flesh and the pride of life causing us to fulfill:
Ephesians 4:15-16 NKJV: but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ– 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Furthermore, by cleaning regularly with the blood, ‘loading’ with the Word and ‘firing’ by the Spirit you are keeping your ‘eye’ or mind single or clear so that the light of the life of God in your spirit or ‘lamp’ can shine brightly through your physical body into the world around you by your good works of love which they can see.
Luke 11:33-36 NASU: “No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. 34 “The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 “Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness. 36 “If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”
Matthew 5:14-16 NASU: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.