LAUGHTER – A POTENT SPIRITUAL WEAPON
August 11, 2017
As believers continue to see Christianity and godly beliefs mocked in the public square, how are we to respond? What else can we do when natural and spiritual enemies curse us and accuse us of wrong-doing? Though there are times to repent, declare the word of God, and stand firm in battle, there is yet another option according to Scripture, and that is – to LAUGH.
“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them” (Psalm 2:1-4, NIV).
As intercessors have been faithfully standing in the gap for this nation, many battles have been won and many prayers have been answered. God has already stated His purposes, and we have been told to stand firm (Eph. 6:13).
The “accuser of the brethren,” however, wants us to think he still has the upper hand. He has a habit of bringing up past defeats to weaken our resolve and make us doubt God’s promises (Gal. 5:1). Once we have made our case before the Lord and have been assured of His purposes, there is no reason to doubt or give in to the tantrums of the enemy. Once God has spoken, and we agree, nothing can stop the King’s advance.
Because the accuser has no access to laughter and the joy of the Lord, all he can do is mock (Psalm 89:50-52). Those who stand against God and His ways will continue to mock those who know their King. The good news is that the joy of the Lord truly is our strength – and a potent weapon!
“The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming” (Psalm 37:12-13 NIV).
As we continue to stand in the gap and intercede as the Lord directs, let us also remember to recognize the accuser’s tactics and not fall for his lies. If we truly see things as God does, there’s nothing too big for the Lord and no way the enemy will ever be able to defeat those who stand on the side of righteousness. The enemy’s attempts are truly – laughable.
“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” (Psalm 126:2 NIV).
- Wanda Alger, IFA Field Correspondent