Happy Wednesday! Good morning, everyone. My apologies for yesterday’s typo. I had planned to review 1 Corinthians chapter 10:1-6, but I had advanced my reading and I read and reviewed 2 Corinthians chapter 10:1-6. Since I prepared everyone for a review of 2 Corinthians chapter 10:1-6, I will continue with those verses and next week we will return to 1 Corinthians chapter 10:1-6. Again my apologies for noting the wrong Bible book yesterday, but I think we should continue 2 Corinthians 10:1-6 for the week with a focus on verses 3-6. Are you ready?
“3 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 6 And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NLT
Verse 3 – “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do“. In other words, “We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort.” (Philippians 3:3b). We are not easily pursued by the world or its wealth, but we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit.
Verse 4 – “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.” The world would have us believe anything that is contrary to the word of God. People will present good arguments, but they will not be the truth. People will persuade with good deeds, but in their hearts they seek other motives. In order to stand up against these pressures and destroy false arguments, we need to use weapons with divine power.
- Ephesians 6:17 tells us, “Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
- The helmet of salvation protects our head. The enemy will use any mind game that he can to prevent us from learning or speaking the truth about God’s word. Just this morning as I was reading and noticed my typo (1 Corinthians vs. 2 Corinthians), the enemy began to tell me how incompetent I was and that I should stop writing effect today. Well of course, I know I need to be more careful in my writing, but I also had to suit up and put on my helmet. I had to remind myself that the helmet of salvation is used as safety from the devil’s mental attacks and as hope of salvation knowing the Lord will deliver me and you.
- Ephesians 6:18 tells us, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
- Praying and being alert is critical. Each day is new, every situation is different and most attacks by the enemy are the same until we are strong enough in our faith in that area that he then attempts to undermine us in a different area of our life.
- Strategy – Before a major sports game, fight or war the opponents review tapes or past documents on how their opponent will strategies to win. Sisters and brothers, recognize the strategy of the enemy, understand how the enemy comes to attack you and don’t be daunted. Build up your faith and knowledge of the word in those weak areas of your life. Know for certain Christ has already defeated the enemy and has given you the power and the tools/armor to stand against the enemy.
- Pray for your sisters and brothers in the faith who are struggling and under attack. Pray for yourself when you are under attack and ask others to stand in prayer with you, because Satan (the enemy) is against Christ, his church, you and your family. We can no longer be complacent – suit up.
- The book of Jude says it perfectly in verse 20-21, “But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.”
Father God, thank you for leading us to 2 Corinthians chapter 10, verses 1-6. Lord, in my mind it was by mistake, but you know who needed to read these verses this week. Lord, in your mighty power and strength equip us and prepare us for battle against the enemy. Lord, help us to stand on your word and your faithfulness. Lord, where there is doubt in our minds, tighten up our helmets and sharpen our swords to protect us against the enemy’s schemes. Lord, renew our hope in you and your promises over our lives. Lord, you said you will never leave us or forsake us, so when the spirit of depression weighs in, the spirit of failure and self-destruction lock-in, when the spirit of loneliness settle in, strengthen us to fight it off in your power. Lord, you are greater than any spirit that is on this earth. Your word says, you did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, a sound mind/self-discipline. Therefore, Lord we ask that you come with us today in this battle of life where the enemy seeks to kill and destroy our hopes and dreams, and help us to stand in your mighty power. Help us to be prepared and win each day. Lord, we send a special prayer out to those who suffer with depression and anxiety, for family members who have lossed loved ones due to suicide. Lord, we ask for you to heal them all. In the midst of chaos and confusion, help us all to find peace, deliverance, healing and joy in you. In Jesus name, amen.
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