Weapons of spiritual power!
Scripture reading for September 8th: 2nd Corinthians 10:1-18
Paul appealed to these Corinthians in the ‘meekness and gentleness of Christ.’ He had written this letter to deal with some issues that needed correction. A proper attitude must be kept when bringing correction. A preacher must not be under a fear of man but have a strong fear of God and be bold to deal with the problems and strongholds. Paul was using his authority to build up the church, not pull it down. (2nd Corinthians 10:8)
Some of the problems in this Corinthian church were spiritual strongholds. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will punish every act of disobedience once your obedience is complete.” (2nd Corinthians 10:3-6) There were false teachers in this church that had tried to sow discord and division in the church. They had turned some away from the Gospel that Paul had preached. Paul was fighting to break these strongholds of wrong doctrine and thinking with spiritual weapons. These weapons were divinely powerful and able to demolish the arguments and lies of these false teachers.
Some spiritual weapons listed by Paul were faith, the truth of God’s word, righteousness, prayer in the Spirit, and the Gospel message. These weapons brought God’s power to bear to take thoughts captive and bring proper thinking to those who had been deceived. Many of our battles are fought in our own minds. Satan tries to lie and deceive us with schemes to take us into the flesh. Satan uses money, sex, and power to lure people away from serving the Lord. Through the spiritual weapons, the victory is won!
Do you know someone who is under an attack in their minds today? Are you struggling to maintain an attitude of faith and bring your thoughts into captivity to the obedience of Christ? Why not take up these divinely powerful weapons and use them to bring victory? Today is the day of salvation and now is the best time!