A war is a series of battles, not just a “one-and-done.” Satan, the enemy of our souls, is prepared to fight for the long haul. Believers today must be equally equipped in the knowledge of God and His Word to defeat him.
Nearly two years ago, the Lord took me into a vision of His armory. He showed me exquisite swords and weapons hanging on the armory walls. Each sword represented a Scripture verse or strategy that could be used in spiritual warfare. Sadly, for the most part, they were not being used.
This week, as many of us are taking a firm stand in very difficult times, I feel it is important to re-publish the vision. I want to encourage you to take up your swords for as long as necessary, believing in both the sharpness of each blade and the slickness of each anointing!
Biblical warriors were as married to their swords as present-day prayer warriors can be to our cell phones. 2 Samuel 23:10 describes one of David’s mighty men, Eleazer, who “stood his ground and struck the Philistines until his hand grew weary and stuck to his sword.” We’re told that the LORD brought about a great victory because of Eleazer’s perseverance with the sword.
Psalm 30:5 says: “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” Psalm 12:6 expands on this thought, saying: “The words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible; like gold refined seven times.” Jesus adds in Matthew 4:4 that man LIVES by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.
Every sword in God’s armory is available to believers today. Faith does not shrink back to destruction when weary! There is a weariness that has overtaken many in the Body of Christ right now, but the Lord is raising up warriors that are as captivated by the Word as David was, and as skilled at using it as Eleazer.
As you read this vision, my prayer is that you will cling to the Word like never before and see continued victories. Whether you speak it, sing it, decree it, or pray it, the Word of God will NEVER return void.
In prayer on January 5, 2020 I saw a vision. In the vision, the Lord gave me a key to an armory.
I took the key and entered into a spacious room with extraordinarily high ceilings. An iridescent peach-gold light permeated the room, which was much taller than it was wide. On all four walls were beautiful shining swords hung in orderly display.
From floor to ceiling, these gleaming swords covered the walls and each bore a label of some sort, identifying what it was for and how it was used. I stood in awe of this collection: so exquisite! Yet designed for use, not for show. I wondered how someone of average height like me would ever reach the uppermost swords on the wall?
As I was contemplating this question, I noticed in the opposite corner of the room an angel of gigantic proportions. The angel was as tall as the ceiling. He was a translucent, winged white presence whose sole function in the armory was to remove swords from the walls as they were needed, giving them to the ones who had requested them.
Also, in the center of the room there was a rectangular glass case, where I saw someone carefully wrapping a brand new sword, recently cataloged, in a beige linen cloth of some kind. This weapon, too, was to be displayed in God’s armory.
I heard the Lord say:
“The reason the battle is raging around you is that you have not fought it off! Remember your legal rights and take up one of the swords hanging on My armory walls - do you see them? For I have a collection of swords that gleams and shines with sharpness and readiness for battle. There are angels here who do nothing but sharpen swords for your use. Sadly, the weapons in this armory are largely unused.
CHOOSE YOUR SWORD - any sword you can handle or get a "grip" on - and wield it in the Spirit. Practice!
Yes, I am a collector of swords, but these are not meant to collect dust! They are not just trophies of a previous time, but tested and true weapons I Myself maintain for your use. I guarantee them. And I repair them when they are damaged.*
Take up the sword and fight, dear ones, for the battle is not over yet - and other battles will follow. I am giving you keys to this armory today, that you might enter and use these weapons AS YOU WISH. There is NOTHING - no good tool or instrument of benefit - that I would withhold from you! I Myself will do the maintenance, the sharpening, the exchanging and the training if you will but prepare and gird yourselves for battle!
The longer you allow evil to have dominion, the more entrenched it will become. PUSH BACK against the enemy and you will be astounded how quickly I come to your rescue!
You have not yet fully tested Me in the realm of your authority, and the reason for that is your own fears have prevented you. When you see how fickle and false those fears are, you will no longer hesitate to go to battle, for you will know your victory is assured!
Eye has not seen nor ear heard nor heart understood the things I have prepared for you! Believe in My goodness and let Me work on the ones who don't. Just as I converted you, so I can - and will - convert them also.
Even when you are the sole soldier on the field you are still not alone, for at your disposal are legions of angels, ready to fight on your day of battle. (Psalm 110). I will not leave you defenseless, for I am defense itself: your defense! I will not leave you orphaned, for you are already adopted as sons and daughters in My household.
Look at Jesus - the example of One who moved freely between sword and scepter: from a place of seated authority into the place of battle as required. You WILL have to fight, dear ones; there is no way around this truth. But you will be assured of victory because I have fought successfully and won it!
Follow Me through the patterns of your lives, in times of rest and times of war, and let Me decide which battles are necessary for you.
Do not be deceived. Nothing is automatic, but do not be deceived into thinking the battle is hopeless, either. MY CALL TO FIGHT IS A CALL TO VICTORY! It is an opportunity to see My miracles and boast of My successes!
He who does not fight does not have the trials or testimonies that make a warrior. Respect yourselves enough to fight for what you already believe. Faith without works - without a fight - is dead! Tested faith produces victory.”
Every “logos” Word of God is a timeless, tested sword you can use in battle. (See Ephesians 6) Likewise, every God-breathed prophetic word is a “rhema” sword, carrying a sharp anointing that can penetrate the darkness and divide between soul and spirit, bringing you the victory! (See 1 Timothy 1:18.)
The words of faith - the swords - you have fought with in previous years are still at your disposal, like the sword of Goliath. Yet there are MANY more! There are new words with new tactics for new battles. It is time to pull these swords off the walls and begin to fight for your promises!
I hear a battle cry resounding from heaven right now. Your victory is assured in Christ. The only thing stopping you from crossing over into your promised land is YOU, for the terror of the Lord has already fallen upon your enemies. Jesus has given you the keys to the Kingdom and all authority is in His Name.
It’s time to choose your weapon. Take up a sword and fight!
© Deborah Perkins / www.HisInscriptions.com. Originally published as "Choose Your Weapons on 1/6/20."
* The Word of the Lord is undamageable, flawless, and true. But our understanding of the Word is often flawed, and this is the context in which I heard this truth: God repairs and restores broken or “damaged” views of Him and His Word, helping us learn to use our swords correctly as we mature in Him.
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.