Topic: Our warfare weapons are not carnal, but mighty in the LORD.

Text: 2 Cor. 10:3-5; 1 Samuel 17:45.


As there is warfare in the earthly (terrestrial) context, so there is in the spiritual (celestial/heavenly) context. Although many would take spiritual warfare as unreal because they are invisible – you can’t see what/who is warring against you, hence take them for granted. Whereas the wars/battles you fight without seeing who/what you are engaging with is the most dangerous, the most lethal (deadly) and easy to lose!

Warfare, either in the physical or spiritual realm, requires weapons. The physical weapons you can use for physical wars would be unsuitable and utterly useless in spiritual warfare. Regarding spiritual warfare, it is written thus in the Bible, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war in the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:3-4).

To illustrate the difference between physical and spiritual weapons of warfare and to see which is more powerful and lethal is the story of the combat between Goliath, the Philistine war lord, and David, the Israeli shepherd boy, This story is in 1Samuel 17. The description of Goliath for war combat was intimidating and scary (vv. 4-7). But David and his weapons were nowhere near this! His naïve weapons consisted in a sling and five smooth stones. Imagine what this can do in comparison with Goliath weapons. But the end result is something unimaginable in favour of David.

Goliath looked at David despitefully and boastfully saying, “Am I a dog that you come to me with stick… come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beast of the field!” David’s humble and simple response is this: “You come to me with a sword, with spare, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of armies of Israel whom you have defiled.” To shorten the long story, Goliath’s warfare weapons failed him, but the simple, next to nothing weapons of David which were spiritual weapons in disguise won him victory, confirming indeed that our warfare weapons as believers are not carnal but mighty in the LORD, pulling down stronghold.

May we gain the heart of understanding concerning how powerful our warfare weapons are and be able to unleash them appropriately in warfare as they may come; may victories be ours at all times in the name of Jesus. Amen. God bless you. SHALOM.

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