WE MUST LEARN HOW TO FIGHT!

II CORINTHIANS 10:3-5: “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” NLT
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OBSERVATION: Do I know how to engage in spiritual warfare? Have I been trained in the offensive weapons that the Lord has given me? Am I trying to win the battles of life in the power of my own wisdom and strength or in the power of the Holy Spirit?

We are engaged in a battle. It is the battle for truth and the battle for souls. While the world races to the streets in protest and flexes its strength in acts of violence, the believer is called to engage in their warfare in a different way. Paul makes it very clear.

  • “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do.”

The believer in Jesus Christ is never to take his marching orders from the example of this world. The way that we normally would respond to a situation is exactly the opposite of how the Lord calls us to respond to it. Jesus made this very clear in His Sermon on the Mount.

  • “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow. Matthew‬ ‭5:38-42‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Let’s break this down to an example we can all relate to – road rage! When you are driving down the road and someone cuts in front of you, almost causing an accident, every fiber in my body wants to honk my horn, raise my fist, and shout out – “You idiot!”. Even worse, there is the temptation to speed up and do it right back to them. This is waging war as humans do.

When we apply this to our calling it takes on a completely different dimension. We are tempted to overcome those who oppose God with our human wisdom and respond as the world does. Those who oppose abortion have taken matters into their own hands by using violence and burning down clinics – all in the name of Jesus. Would Jesus fight this way? Did Jesus fight this way?

As children of the light, we are called to fight against the enemy and his lies in a different way. We do not take up weapons and flood the streets demanding that people believe in Jesus. Rather, we use the weapons that we have been given. In Ephesians chapter six Paul outlines our spiritual armor. Yet, there are only two offensive weapons that he notes. The rest of our weapons are defensive. What are the two offensive weapons?

They are the Word of God and Prayer!

  • “Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians‬ ‭6:17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When we are being attacked, or when someone we love is walking down the wrong path, we want to take action. Our human nature is to do something tangible that will change the situation. We are victims of what I call the “Hollywood Moment.” This is the false conception that life is like a movie. We want that perfect moment where we can do something or say something that changes everything.

Life is never like a Hollywood Movie!

Life is a battle. Our weapons are twofold. They are the Word of God and prayer. These seem inadequate to the human eye but from God’s perspective, they are powerful. In fact, they are the only thing that can truly win the day!

  • “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”

It is important that with both of these weapons we need the leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who illuminates the Word of God. And, it is the Holy Spirit who guides our prayers and even prays through us when we exercise our spiritual language. He intercedes through us according to the will of God. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness He used these mighty weapons and won!

Why do we struggle with believing that these weapons are as mighty as God’s Word says they are? I think it is because these weapons work in the invisible realm. We are fighting a spiritual battle. We do not see what God is doing in the background while we are using our weapons of truth and prayer. It appears as if nothing is happening. Yet, if we could see the reality from God’s perspective we would see strongholds being broken and the encroachment of darkness being pushed back.

As I write these thoughts I am engaged in a prolonged battle. It is a battle that I cannot win on my own. There is nothing I can do to change the situation. I am wholly dependent upon the Holy Spirit working through God’s Word and prayer. Each day as I pray I cannot see what is taking place in the invisible realm. Yet, I know that God is working. I have seen some walls fall but there is still a long way to go. I need to be reminded each day that these weapons are mighty and powerful – and that God is at work!

  • “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”

Lord, this morning, grant me the grace to engage the battles in my life with the Word of God and prayer. Help me to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit and always guided by Your love. And, when I do not know how to pray, when the situation is simply overwhelming, may I pray in and by the Holy Spirit trusting that He will intercede through me according to the will of God the Father!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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