We live in the flesh but we should not live and fight by flush and blood. It is because we live in this world which is (now) under the control and reign of Satan.
For instance, let’s consider Job’s case, when Satan demanded that Lord should lay His hands on Job and touch everything that he owns.
But then the Lord says that everything Job has is in Satan’s hands. He did not lay His hands on Job but he revealed the truth that the world and its belongings are under Satan’s control.
When Satan demanded again that Job’s flesh and bone be touched by the Lord, He again responded that Job is under Satan’s reign but he should not touch his life.
However, to overcome all the loses and all the sufferings Job had faced cannot be done by the flesh. We have to fight the evil in and according to the Spirit.
The weapons we use to fight the evil are not the weapons of the world but they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
Let’s take another example of a war which was fought by the Spirit of the Lord. Judges 7: 7-12. The Midianites (worldly relations), the Amalekites (flesh and blood) and the eastern people (worldly knowledge) settled in the valley thick as locusts.
If we are God’s people, we always have to face these kinda wars – that’s normal. Now Gideon has to fight, but he did not fight according to his wish. He did not use worldly weapons to face those opponents. Let’s see how he overcame them.
Judges 7:16 – Gideon used the trumpets. Trumpet denotes our alertness and our preparation for the second coming of Jesus.
If we are prepared and if we are readily expecting His coming, we will live according to God’s principles and will preserve ourselves pure so as to fly with the Lord during His coming. If we expect God’s second coming, we will surely fight and overcome worldly sins and other temptations.
According to Philippians 3: 20,21, our citizenship is in heaven. If so, we have to be prepared to be able to live in the heaven. We should eagerly await His coming. In Titus 2: 13, we read that we have to be waiting for His glorious appearing.
In this context, in verse 11, we read that the salvation we have got and His grace teaches us that we should say “No” to ungodly and worldly passions. We therefore have to live a self-controlled, upright and godly life.
As we read in Luke 21:36, we have to be on the watch and pray always so that we will be able to stand before the Lord while he comes again. 1 Thessalonians 3: 11 – We have to preserve ourselves blameless and holy so that we can meet Him and fly with Him. We have to pray, and preserve our Spirit, Soul and our body pure and blameless.
Judges 7:16 – Gideon used empty pots. Empty pot denotes that we completely empty our heart, dismiss our own will and wishes and let God fill us with His wish and will in our lives.
2 Kings 4:3, 4 – God blessed the wife of a man from the company of prophets using empty jars. When the oil was poured into empty jars the oil was flowing continuously until all the jars were filled.
Colossians 1:9 – We have to pray and ask God to fill is with His knowledge of His will.
Judges 7:16 – Gideon placed torches inside the empty pots – Once we empty our minds we must fill it with the Word of God (Psalms 119: 105). It is important that the pot should be empty so that the torch can burn and give light inside it.
We must not only read and hear the verse of the Lord but we have to live by His principles and commandments. If so, we can easily overcome worldly passions and win the battle with Satan (with the Word of God, as Jesus did).
2 Peter 1:19 – The word of God acts as a light that shines in the darkness. The Word of God lights our path. As we read in Philippians 2: 14, we have to hold on to the Word of God so that we can shine like stars in the universe (as a good model to the others).
Also according to Deuteronomy 11: 19 – 21, we have to teach the Word of God to our children and talk to our children all the time (as we sit and walk) about the Word of God. We have to have the verses of God as frames at the door of our houses and at our gates.
If we live so, we can overcome and drive all the nations that come against us. Hence we can also overcome Satan and his cunning plans that haunt us.