Friday, July 10, 2015

Divine Weapons

Promises- God’s Strength and our Weapons
2 Cor 10:4-  “The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We can demolish GIANTS in our lives with His power. We know that nothing can separate us from his love. We studied the promise and that nothing in all creation above or below can win. We are victorious for He is with us.

 Paul tells us that the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds.  What are the weapons we have; the proclamation of the Gospel through which divine power is released?

2 Cor 4 reminds us of the Treasure inside our jars of clay- bodies- We have the light in the darkness of the world.  His light is shining in our hearts.  This is the Gospel in Jesus Christ to show us that this all-surpassing power is from God and not ourselves. We may be hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted but not abandoned struck down but not destroyed. Why because we carry around in our bodies the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may be also released.

Paul tells us in Rom 1:16 to not be ashamed of the Gospel because it is the POWER of God for salvation for everyone who believes- Power to save and protect us from this world and its darkness.

Strongholds- what are they?  They are real Giants, like the Anakin people in Deuteronomy and Numbers that frightened the Israelites from going into the Promised Land. They were terrified of the bullies, except for Joshua and Caleb. They cast great shadows over everything we aspire to do, every land we seek to inhabit, every dream we hope to pursue.  Who can stand against the giants?  Caleb and Joshua tell the Israelites that the Lord our God is He who goes over before us as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and drive them out.
Of course the Anakin we face are Giants of different names: Fear, discouragement , loneliness worry, anger, doubt, failure. Call them what you want, they are giants like Goliath.   Whatever we face- He is with us and He will empower us to bring down strongholds.

Sometimes fear of these strongholds overcomes us. But The Gospel sets us free to overcome. Strongholds or arguments are raised against the “knowledge of God.”  We demolish them all as we proclaim and hold to his truths, which give spiritual power.   Do not let your faith be shaken.  David held onto it and proclaimed it against Goliath. Joshua and Caleb did too. They won!

John 1:14 reminds us that the word became flesh and dwelt among us. We as children of God have his divine power to fight spiritual towers or enemies. We have the truth.
Paul tells us to take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).  

Don’t let Satan’s lies get you off course. “You will keep in perfect peace whose mind is steadfast (on Him).” Is 26:3, because he trusts in God. Trust and obey there is no other way. This is an exercise of self-discipline.

We know that He that is within us is greater than he that is in the world. 1John 4:4. Yes, Jesus tells us, in this world we will have tribulation, but take heart I have overcome this world (John 16:33).

So we have confidence to stand- steadfast  in His promise of spiritual weapons to protect us against  “the spiritual forces of darkness in the heavenlies” Eph 6. We put on the full armor of God- buckled with the belt of truth, The breastplate of righteousness, the Helmet of salvation, sandals-feet of the readiness of Gospel of peace, the shield of faith to extinguish the arrows of the evil one, taking the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God- which has the power to cut through everything against God.

We each like Paul should be meek and gentle yet all powerful in his weakness through Christ our Lord and Savior who fights for us. In this life we will have a spiritual battle, but take heart, He has overcome the world.

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