Mighty Fortress

Mighty Fortress

A definition of the word weapon is – a means of gaining an advantage or defending oneself in a conflict or contest. Service men and women have been given weapons and are trained in using them to uphold their oath to defend their country against all enemies. But what if our enemy isn’t so obvious? The most difficult enemy is one you cannot see.  The world is fighting such an enemy right now.  Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) tells us “12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” The particular weapons provided to our military are of no use against this kind of enemy.

 But that doesn’t mean that we are left defenseless. This kind of enemy requires different weapons.  Along with the great work of our medical providers, our scientists and our Covid19 task forces, we, the church, have additional weapons at our disposal.  Three very important ones are the name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus and the Word of God. First we will focus on the name of Jesus.  In Hebrew, the name Yeshuwah or Yeshua is a derivative of a verb meaning to rescue or to deliver.  In the Old Testament, it is translated into the word salvation.  If we ever needed to be delivered or rescued from an enemy, it is now. Philippians 2:9-10 (NLT)says “9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth…”.  The name of Jesus is above the name Corona or virus or Covid19!  In the mouth of a believer, the name of Jesus has power over all things (principalities, powers and even diseases)!  “ The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe” Proverbs 18:10 (NLT). 

So let the name of Jesus be thrust out of your mouth as a mighty weapon against all that the enemy would come against you with because the name of Jesus is your strong fortress and the enemy must bow to that name!!