“The highest form of spiritual warfare is obedience.” Tim Gavigan
OBEDIENCE IS A SHIELD
The other day one of my friends (Tim Gavigan) – who happens to be a pastor- said something that caught my attention. He said and quote – “ the highest form of spiritual warfare is obedience.” End quote.
Your obedience is not only your defense against all the schemes of the devil, it is also your offense against the power of darkness. It’s a weapon.
“by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;”
2 Corinthians 6:7 ESV
The scripture says in Deuteronomy 28:2 –
“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God… Operating word – Obey!
Verse 7 says
The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”
Your consecration, your heart that follows after God’s own heart, your single minded devotion, your fear of the Lord – are weapons of warfare so powerful that the enemy can not withstand them.
The only way he can prevail over you is by having you tear down that shield of defense by your disobedience.
Obedience is a shield.
As long as that shield is up, the enemy cannot penetrate.
This is what Balaam understood when Balak sought to put a curse upon the children of God.
Balaam told King Balak how to get the Israelites to commit sin by enticing them with sexual immorality and food sacrificed to idols.
Numbers 31:16 tells us how the Israelites fell into transgression due to these traps and God sent a deadly plague to them as a result.
The devil recognizes the power of clean hands, clean lips, and pure hearts.
You can jump, scream and shout all you want trying to do spiritual warfare but devils are not impressed with fake anointing. They respect the purity and power of Jesus residing in you.
A good example is a story we find in Acts 19:14-16 ESV about the Sons of Sceva.
The scripture says,
“Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”
Dear Heavenly, help me today to live a life of holiness. Open my eyes to see You in the beauty and splendor of Your holiness so that I can grow into Your holiness – In Jesus Name! Amen!
2 Corinthians 6:7
1 John 4:4
1 John 5:4
1 John 2:16
Today Let’s pray that we can rediscover our battle cry by laying a firm foundation of obedience: