2 Corinthians 10; 2 Kings 23:36-24:20; Habakkuk 1
We live in a world that’s in constant spiritual warfare. There are two problems with that statement, though. The first is that so many people refuse to recognize the battle we are in. We are engaged in a battle of good against evil. We are engaged in a battle that pits the trials and temptations of this world against knowledge of God. The second, related problem is that too many people have practiced spiritual warfare disarmament. We accept all belief systems as equal instead of recognizing the equality of all people before God. While battles are raging, we engage in all kinds of entertainment, ceding the battlefield to those forces that are opposed to God. Paul reminded us of this issue in his second letter to the Corinthian Church. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) If spiritual warfare is real, and it is, our weapons must have more power than nuclear weaponry – and they are, being powered by God. It begins with our relationship with God because of the death of Jesus on the cross. It continues in our daily conversation with God known as prayer. There is no trial or temptation; there is no power so great that prayer cannot defeat it. Prayer should lead to being obedient to God and following His will. Following His will is the greatest thing you can do. Recently someone took issue with the statement that there is no safer place than being in the center of God’s will. They called it bad theology, which it is if you believe that living is more important than obedience. One thing we know as followers of Christ, though, is that the greatest weapon of this world, death, is no longer a problem for those of us who follow Christ. We must be willing to follow Christ even if it means our death – don’t let living in disobedience be too great a temptation. In the midst of the battle, when we are exhausted, when we are fearful, when we fear for our lives, we must remember that death has been defeated. Whatever the cost may be, we must follow Christ and bring all areas of our life into line with Him. However the battle may rage against us, we know that in the end, we will be victorious in God.
Oh Lord, the battle we are in is great – but You are greater. Give me strength to face the trials and temptations of this world. Let me follow You obediently and be used to pull down strongholds against You. In my life, let me bring every thought into obedience to You. Lord, grant that I might be faithful – even unto death.