The Seven Spiritual Weapons Essay

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The Seven Spiritual Weapons


When people give their lives to Christ Jesus their hearts are changed and their soul
becomes alive with the Holy Spirit. Once a life is saved, is life relaxed and easy for it
is saved from the pit of hell? Of course not, Christians are faced with temptations from
Satan and his demons. Temptations are brought upon us for us to make the choice of whether
or not to fall into temptation or not.

In the book The Seven Spiritual Weapons, Catherine of Bologna lists seven spiritual
weapons to conquer enemies of God. These seven tools are to enhance our personal walk with
Jesus Christ. Catherine wrote this work in fear of divine condemnation. She felt if she
was silent about the delights of others she would be condemned. She felt it was her
spiritual duty to do God's will and to encourage her fellow sisters of the monastery to
fight the enemies of God.

The first spiritual weapon Catherine describes is Zeal, that is solicitude in doing good.
God condemns those that are lukewarm and negligent in the way of God. Enemies will see
people doing good and will try to corrupt them by persuading them to do too much.
Catherine reveals that there is as much danger in too much as in too little. People may
try to do good deeds and wind up performing them in excess of what is good for the glory
of God. 'So exercise all the virtues in proper measure that the weapon of true and
diligent discretion may be exercised by us for our salvation and for the praise of
Christ.'; Catherine portrays that it is very important for people to practice all virtues
with discretion, for as to not over do it. The Holy Spirit inspires good inspirations in
people, and then leaves the choice for each person to make and act upon. We must not let
the time the Holy Spirit has given us pass by without the choice being made to follow
Christ Jesus.

Catherine's second spiritual weapon is Mistrust of Self. She describes this as believing
that no one can do anything good by oneself, without the help of Christ Jesus. Do not
trust in yourself for you shall surely fall to the enemy. It is in a person's nature to
try to do things by his or herself, but the Lord says, 'Without me you can do nothing';
(Jo 15:5). Many people still fall into the trap of relying on themselves for everything
and not turning to the power of Christ Jesus our savior. Catherine questions the person
that would want to live alone, '…by her own lights and her foolish fervour…';
without the help of Christ Jesus. Catherine explains that if a person confides in his or
her own wisdom they will experience the evilness of the enemy. Do not trust yourself, for
you are weak and will fall without the help of the Lord.

God and his glorious power govern the lives of Christians, but even Christians have
trouble in their lives. It is up to Christians to entrust themselves to God. This is
Catherine's third weapon, to put one's trust in God. The Christian life is not going to be
all fine and dandy, the devil will try to make us fall. Even God himself will test us, but
he will never test us farther than we can handle.

Catherine expresses that she will increase her trust in the divine aid when she is in
great straits and tribulations. The Bible states, 'I am with him in tribulation; I will
snatch him up and glorify him'; (Ps 91:15). God even announces that he will be with us
when we are in troubled times. Catherine asks who would not want to be in trouble. The
Lord is going to snatch you up and glorify you. Who would not want to be glorified by our
Heavenly Father?

The Bible gives examples of Christ not fully trusting God when Jesus says, 'My God, my
God, why have you abandoned me?'; This gives the example of the separation from Jesus'
human state to his divine state. Humans question God's will and tend not to trust his
master plan. This is why Catherine addresses this as a weapon against the enemy. It is
better to be in trouble and glorified by God, than to have good times and not be
recognized by God.

Catherine explains the fourth weapon to be the memory of the Christ Jesus' death and
resurrection. Always keep this on your mind, for it is the best means for winning battles.
Catherine explains that this weapon is the most important and that, 'Every other weapon
will achieve little without this one which surpasses all the rest.'; The remembrance of
Christ's death is powerful and very emotional for people. Believing that Christ died on
the cross for your sins is the way to achieve eternal life. This is why Catherine states
that this weapon is the most important. Without the belief that Christ died on the cross
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