The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. (2 Cor. 10:4)

WHEN MY YOUNGER BROTHER died from lung cancer, I went into a deep depression. Why wasn’t he healed? Where is God’s love in all of this? One evening, beaten down with grief, I knelt by my bed and poured out my heart to God. I quoted every Scripture verse I had ever memorized. I sang every hymn I could think of. This marked the beginning of my soul’s recovery.

Because Jesus lived on the earth for thirty-three years, He understands that there are forces at work to discourage believers and make us doubt God’s love. How do we ward off these brutal spiritual attacks?

False teachers in the Corinthian church accused Paul of preaching for selfish reasons. As Paul faced the lies, he didn’t use natural weapons. Rather, he used spiritual weapons—prayer, faith, hope, love, God’s Word, and the Holy Spirit.

These same weapons are available for every believer. When you are besieged with doubt, pray, and confess your lack of faith. If you are dealing with sorrow, be comforted by reading David’s psalms. If you become angry, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with self-control. When you are tempted to lash out with hateful words, ask God for a dose of His love. In order to cripple and defeat the Enemy of your soul, nothing is as effective as spiritual weapons.

For victory, call on the One who won the battle for you.

Jewell Johnson lives in Arizona with her husband, LeRoy. They have six children and nine grandchildren. Besides writing, Jewell enjoys walking, reading, and quilting.