Warfare is the waging of war against an enemy. Spiritual warfare is that conflict being waged in the invisible, spiritual realm that is being manifested in the visible, physical realm. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4). A lot of people (army) don’t seem to know that to be a Christian is to engage in warfare. And the Bible describes that warfare, when Paul wrote to a young preacher named Timothy, he said, “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy… that thou by them mightest war a good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18). He was saying, “Young preacher, you are in a battle, in warfare, and it is not going to be any picnic.” Paul wrote to this same young preacher, “Endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3).
The various Spiritual Weapons that we can use to fight the warfare.
God has all kinds of weapons to fight battles in marriage, nation and against witchcraft. We need to make our way of living and cause our minds to work under authority of Christ. All the believers have been given the weapons of spiritual warfare. The word of God is one of the weapons of spiritual warfare. There is absolutely nothing in this world like the word of God. Ephesians 6 tells us that one of our weapons is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” When the Devil came to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, three times from one Old Testament book, Jesus said, “It is written.… It is written…It is written.” And when Jesus met the Devil, He unsheathed His sword and fought the Devil with the Word of God. There is no other weapon of spiritual warfare for the Christian to fight and that is why a Christian who does not have the habit of daily reading the Word of God for his own benefit is not going to be a strong Christian. We also have the Holy Spirit as a weapon in this spiritual warfare. We are commanded to “be continually filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). Just keeping this one command of the Lord is a major part of our spiritual warfare. Believers who are “filled with the Holy Spirit” and have learned to be “led by the Spirit” can also receive and use the “gifts of the Holy Spirit” (Corinthians 12:8-10). Most of them are expressed through our mouths. They all operate through divine initiative. Another Weapon is fasting. Fasting means going without food but usually not to go without water. We are always called to say ‘No’ to sin, but not always to ‘food’. Fasting not only detoxifies the body, it also humbles the soul, humbles the flesh, and when done for God brings us into line with God’s will. Fasting precipitates a showdown with demonic power. Jesus fasted in the wilderness and Satan came at the end of it to test Him. By speaking the Word in the face of great pressure Jesus defeated Satan and was qualified to move in the power of the Holy Spirit as a man. Prayer is also another spiritual weapon. Prayer is a battle. We are commanded to pray without ceasing, so we should at least aim for it. God has made so many promises regarding prayer and we need to fill our hearts and minds with these promises. When we prevail in prayer, Satan is defeated, miracles happen and brethrens turn from the power of Satan to the power of God, their eyes having been opened. Prayer is quite simply the key to revival. WE MUST PRAY. To not pray is to surrender to Satan. By engaging yourself in spiritual warfare, you are given power to overcome to break the yoke of devil and demolish strongholds. There are various factors that will determine success in spiritual warfare which includes; the superiority of your weapons, superiority of your strength, awareness of the power within you, your ability to strike the strongman in your life, your ability to strike harder than your enemy and also to know the secrets of your enemy.