Humility and Silence
The Weapons of our Warfare Series:
The power of humility should not be understated. It is a powerful weapon against the assault of the enemies of the cross. Your use of silence could be a powerful weapon when used in the midst of noise and confusion and can strip an enemy of its power. Silence can never be multiplied nor divided it just is; a characteristic of Eternity poured into our temporary situation producing calm. It's neutral and brings serenity when responses are solicited. It is the prerogative power of humans to remain silent contradicting our instinct to fight fire with fire. In these cases, fire is best put out with the water of silence, an agent of change when used courageously.
Paul in prison observed the different things that a soldier wore for warfare. In his silent observation without speaking he creativity named the different garments of a warriors' outfit and applied a spiritual application to these in his letter to the Ephesians (6:10-18). While in silence in prison a seed was planted that would guide countless multitudes after him into strategy used to defeat powerful enemies. In the brief quietness of your affliction, you can yield a spiritual harvest. You succeed when inserting eternity in silence then waiting for the voice of God to speak into your temporal situation.
Humility as a Practice
Solomon spoke of a time to keep silent and a time to speak (Ecc. 3:7b). He did not arbitrarily say that silence gives consent. Jesus remained calm as he was led to his death and humble while laying down his life for humanity. His silence would eventually lead to man's redemption. Humility is a godly concept that is foreign to human nature. It must be learned and practiced as done so by Moses (80 years of training before being called to lead Israel), and Jesus who "though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered" (Hebrews 5:8).
Use Caution in Warfare
When up against the formidable enemy (dragon principality) being in the right place at the right time ready for warfare is primary but what brings the enemy's defeat is your ability to allow God to fight for you. "Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not brings against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee" (Jude 9). Biblical Generals used spiritual warfare in the Bible through humility and silence allowing God to fight their battles. Our passion may inspire us to fight, but how we feel, or our opinion is not a part of the war strategy. Stop the enemy using a name given among men whereby we all can come to repentance, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
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