Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What Angry Birds Has Taught Me About Spiritual Warfare

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4.

There is a game on my phone that I really enjoy  called "Angry Birds".  The object of the game is to use "birds" to destroy pigs.  You are given a selection of birds that vary in function.  These functions can vary from flying at unbelievable heights to exploding like a bomb.

There are obstructions such as wooden objects, stone, or cliffs that makes it difficult to strike the pigs. The number and type of bird you receive depend on the difficulty of the level you are playing. You can not choose the type or number of birds, the game does this for you.  There have been times I have received a selection of birds  that doesn't seem to match the game's level of difficulty.  I may receive slow moving birds to destroy stone structures where I may think I need the explosive birds to destroy the stone.   Other times I am given a challenging level and may only have two or three birds.  I wonder, "how am I going to meet this challenge with only two birds".  

However, I discovered that the game is based on physics.  It is not always the number or type of weapons used but how one strikes the obstacles.  There have been times where I have destroyed 12 pigs with one bird because I may have struck the obstacle in such a way that it had a domino effect on the rest of the obstacles.

This is also true concerning spiritual warfare.  God gives us certain weapons to use concerning a spiritual battle. It may be prayer, fasting, singing in the Spirit, dancing in the Spirit, etc. and they may not seem to "fit the situation".  We may be experiencing the fight of our life and we may think we need to physically confront a person.  However, God might tell us to Be still and Know", and that is the last thing we want to do.  However, it will end up being the best solution.

In 2 Chronicles 20:21 God told the children of Israel that they didn't even have to fight their battle but stand firm and see the deliverance of the Lord.  All the Israelites did was sing, and God confused the enemy to the point that they begin fighting each other.  So we have to trust God's solution to the battle even if it doesn't make much natural sense.


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