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Weapons of Our Warfare

Weapons of Our Warfare

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV)

Weapons of the World

The apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthians, who were living in a city that was influenced by many worldly philosophies, cultures, and values. He was defending his ministry and authority against some false apostles who were boasting about their credentials, appearance, and eloquence. He also wanted to correct some of the problems and divisions that were affecting the church.

The weapons of the world are the methods and strategies that people use to gain power, influence, and success in this world. They include things like human wisdom, rhetoric, appearance, wealth, status, violence, and deception.

They are often based on pride, selfishness, and greed. They are designed to exalt oneself and to oppress others.

Why Are the Weapons of the World Ineffective?

The weapons of the world are ineffective because they are not able to deal with the real enemy and the real battle that we face as Christians.

Our enemy is not flesh and blood, but the spiritual forces of evil that are behind the systems and structures of this world. Our battle is not against people, but against the lies, temptations, and accusations that the enemy uses to keep us from knowing and obeying God.

The weapons of the world are also ineffective because they are not able to withstand the judgment and wrath of God. These are temporary, fragile, and futile.

All will perish and be destroyed when God comes to establish his kingdom and his righteousness.

What Are the Weapons of Our Warfare?

The weapons of our warfare are the methods and strategies that God has given us to fight the good fight of faith; including things like the Word of God, prayer, faith, love, grace, truth, and the Holy Spirit. They are often based on humility, service, and sacrifice. They are designed to glorify God and to bless others.

The weapons of our warfare are effective because they have divine power to demolish strongholds. A stronghold is a fortified place that the enemy has built in our minds and hearts to keep us from experiencing the freedom and victory that God has for us.

It can be a false belief, a sinful habit, a negative emotion, or a harmful relationship. The weapons of our warfare can expose, confront, and overcome these strongholds by the power of God.

How Do We Use the Weapons of Our Warfare?

Christians use the weapons of our warfare by relying on God and his resources, not on ourselves and our abilities. We need to recognize that we are not sufficient in ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God. We need to acknowledge that we are not wise, strong, or righteous in ourselves, but we have the wisdom, strength, and righteousness of God in Christ.

Use the weapons of our warfare by resisting the enemy and his schemes, not by conforming to the world and its standards. We need to be alert, sober, and vigilant, knowing that the enemy is prowling around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Christians put on the full armor of God, which includes the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-18

The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. They are the weapons that God has given us to fight the good fight of faith.

Use them with confidence and courage, knowing that God is with us and for us, and that he will give us the victory.



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Your Reward – Don’t Lose It!

Your Reward – Don’t Lose It!

“Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.” (2 John 1:8 NIV)

What Does It Mean to Watch Out?

The apostle John wrote this letter to a group of Christians who were facing false teachers and deceivers. He warned them to be careful not to be led astray by those who denied the truth about Jesus Christ. He also encouraged them to remain faithful to the commandment of love and to walk in obedience to God.

To watch out means to be alert, vigilant, and discerning. It means to pay attention to what we believe, how we live, and who we associate with.

It means to guard our hearts and minds from anything that would compromise our faith or our relationship with God.

Why Do We Need to Watch Out?

It is important to watch out because we have a precious treasure that is worth protecting. John said that we have worked for something that we do not want to lose. What is that something? It is the reward of eternal life that God has promised to those who believe in his Son.

The reward of eternal life is not something that we earn by our own efforts or merits. It is a gift of God’s grace that we receive by faith. However, it is also something that we can forfeit by our own negligence or disobedience.

If we turn away from the truth, if we follow false teachings, if we stop loving God and one another, we risk losing our reward.

How Do We Watch Out?

You watch out by staying close to God and his word. We need to read, study, and meditate on the Scriptures, which are able to make us wise for salvation and equip us for every good work.

We need to pray, worship, and fellowship with God, who is able to keep us from falling and to present us faultless before his glory. We need to obey, serve, and love God, who is able to reward us according to our deeds.

Watch out by staying connected to the community of faith. We need to listen, learn, and submit to the leaders and teachers who faithfully proclaim the truth and guide us in the way of righteousness.

Support, encourage, and care for one another, especially those who are weak, struggling, or suffering. We need to share, witness, and defend the gospel, especially to those who are lost, confused, or deceived.

What Is the Result of Watching Out?

The result of watching out is that we may be rewarded fully. John said that if we watch out, we will not lose what we have worked for, but we will receive the fullness of God’s blessing.

What is the fullness of God’s blessing? It is the joy of seeing Jesus face to face, the peace of being in his presence, the glory of sharing in his inheritance, and the love of being with him forever.

The reward of eternal life is not something that we can take for granted or assume that we already have. It is something that we need to pursue, protect, and prepare for. It is something that we need to watch out for.



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Truth

Truth

Today, let’s explore John 18:37, where Jesus engages in a profound dialogue with Pilate. This verse captures a pivotal moment in Jesus’ trial, shedding light on essential aspects of truth and His divine mission.

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

Nature of Kingship

Pilate, puzzled by Jesus’ claims, addresses Him as a king. In response, Jesus acknowledges His kingship but reveals a profound truth.

He states that His very purpose for coming into the world is to testify to the truth. Here, we witness the contrast of earthly kingship and divine kingship.

Primacy of Truth

In a world marred by deception and falsehood, Jesus brings forth a powerful message: truth is at the core of His mission. He invites everyone who stands on the side of truth to listen to Him. It’s a call to discernment, to align our lives with the eternal truth He embodies.

Relevance Today

In our quest for meaning and purpose, Jesus’ words in John 18:37 continue to resonate. They challenge us to seek truth amidst the noise of the world. As followers of Christ, we are called not only to hear but to heed His message of truth.

Embracing Truth

John 18:37 reminds us that Jesus is the ultimate embodiment of truth.

As you navigate the complexities of life, fix your gaze on Him, the King of kings, who leads us into the profound and transformative truth that sets us free.

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What God Wants

What God Wants

Hosea 6:6 presents a profound message that reveals what God really desires us to give.

“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.”

God’s Heartfelt Desire

In this verse, we glimpse into the very heart of God. He longs for something deeper than mere religious rituals and sacrifices.

God desires mercy—a compassionate and loving attitude toward others. He seeks an acknowledgment of His presence in our lives, and a genuine relationship rooted in love.

Beyond Rituals

The contrast between “mercy” and “sacrifice” speaks volumes. God is more interested in the authenticity of our faith than the external expressions of it.

Acknowledging God’s Presence

The second part of the verse highlights the importance of acknowledging God’s presence in our daily lives. This goes beyond religious acts; it involves a conscious awareness of God’s guidance, love, and grace in our everyday experiences.

Cultivating a Heart of Mercy

As you reflect on Hosea 6:6, let it challenge you to examine the condition of your heart.

Are you cultivating a heart of mercy and compassion?

Are you acknowledging God’s presence in your life beyond mere religious routines?

May this verse inspire you to deepen your relationship with God, living out your faith in ways that reflect His desire for mercy and an authentic connection with Him.

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Moral Clarity

Moral Clarity

Isaiah 5:20, – A call to discern between right and wrong. This verse speaks to the challenge of maintaining moral clarity in a world where values and standards have become distorted.

Lure of Moral Relativism

Isaiah 5:20 addresses the danger of moral relativism, where right and wrong are blurred.

It’s like a fog that obscures our path, leading us away from the solid ground of Biblical truth. Those who patently proclaim evil to be good and good to be evil; are in eternal danger!

Discerning Light in Darkness

In a world where darkness and evil masquerade as light; this verse emphasizes the importance of discernment.

We have One Who can lead and direct us as we negotiate the evil days we find ourselves in. Jesus declared in John 16:7-13 that He would send the Holy Spirit and He would guide us into all truth. He will warn you when evil tries to imitate good!

Unchanging Standard

Remember; God’s Word does not change to accommodate shifting human ideals; God’s moral truth remains constant. Our challenge is to align our lives with His unchanging Word; especially in a world that rejects it.

Truth in a Confused World

Isaiah 5:20 serves as a beacon of wisdom, guiding us through the complexities of moral ambiguity.

Call out to God; ask Him to give you wisdom through the Holy Spirit to help you discern right from wrong; God’s word from the satanic deception permeating our current world!

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Honestly?

Honestly?

This verse in Ephesians 4:25 reminds us of the importance of honesty and integrity in all our relationships. As followers of Christ, we are called to live in truth and authenticity, both in our words and actions.

Being truthful in our interactions with others is not always easy.

We may be tempted to bend the truth or hide certain facts to protect ourselves or avoid conflict.

Scripture reminds us that true Christian community is built on trust and transparency. When we speak truthfully, we foster an environment of honesty and openness, where genuine connections can flourish.

Embracing truthfulness also extends to our relationship with God. He knows us intimately and desires for us to come before Him with honesty and vulnerability.

We can be real with Him, expressing our doubts, fears, and struggles. In doing so, we invite His grace and healing into our lives.

Make a commitment to speak truthfully to one another, knowing that it not only strengthens our relationships but also honors God and reflects His character of truth and love.

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A Consuming Fire

A Consuming Fire

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 12:28

The writer of the Book of Hebrews also recalled the words of Moses from Deuteronomy 4:24

“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”

It is true; God often manifests Himself in fire!

Recall when Moses met with God in the desert . . .

Exodus 13:21-22

“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.  Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.”

Fire describes a characteristic of God, and it continues into the New Testament.

You may recall John the Baptist, who would become one of the greatest prophets of God that ever lived. Here is what he declared to the people who came to see him in the desert. . .

Matthew3:1-12

 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,  make straight paths for him.’” John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?  Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.  And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.  The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

So there it is; our God is a God of fire . . . a consuming fire, and those who would come to Jesus, WILL BE BAPTIZED BY FIRE!

Biblical fire does three things; it provides light, purifies and consumes.

Light

God manifested Himself in a pillar of fire, so that the Israelites could see in the darkness. The fire of God, illuminates us, and reveals darkness. Jeremiah 23:29 declares to us . . .

“Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

The fire of God, His Word, searches our heart, revealing darkness and sin; it is His way of showing us where we need cleansing and help.

God does not reveal these things to make your life miserable; He is showing you why your life is miserable already, and He stands ready to apply the remedy!

Purification

Secondly, fire purifies. When bacteria gets into the water, the only sure way to cleanse it, is to bring the water to a boil, killing all the bacteria.

 

God’s word is like fire and when it reveals those dark places in us, it will purify us. Recall the often quoted Scripture in 1 John 1:9; we quote this passage when we recognize sin.

“If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgives us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness”

 

John the Baptist was speaking of this baptism of fire. Jesus reveals all of the rubbish in our heart that has been keeping us away, standing at a distance, if you will.

As He reveals this to us, we are now faced with a golden opportunity, one in which we agree with Him that it is truly rubbish, it is sin!

This revelation by Him to us and our agreement with HIM, that sets up this remarkable purification of the heart. The fire of God cleanses us. There is an old hymn I love . . .

 

The Crimson Wave

Oh, now I see the cleansing wave!
The fountain deep and wide;
Jesus, my Lord, mighty to save,
Points to His wounded side.

Refrain

The cleansing stream I see! I see!
I plunge, and oh, it cleanseth me!
Oh, praise the Lord! It cleanseth me!
It cleanseth me—yes, cleanseth me.

I rise to walk in Heav’n’s own light,
Above the world and sin,
With heart made pure and garments white,
And Christ enthroned within.

Refrain

I see the new creation rise;
I hear the speaking blood.
It speaks! Polluted nature dies!
Sinks ’neath the cleansing flood.

Refrain

Amazing grace! ’tis Heav’n below
To feel the blood applied,
And Jesus, only Jesus know,
My Jesus crucified.

Oh to be purified by the Baptism of Christ through Fire!

 

Judgment

Lastly, fire brings judgment. As John the Baptist declared earlier . . .

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

For those rejecting Christ’s offer of unconditional love, grace and mercy; the fire of God will consume them and they will be utterly lost forever; destined to an eternity of fire; a place prepared for the devil and his angels.

 

Revelation 20:11-15

 

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.  And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

 

So . . .  what will you do?

 

I heard someone once say; “God is a come as you are God, but not a stay as you are God”

 

If the Refiner of your soul is revealing anything that needs to be purified and cleansed, do not hesitate; allow Him the freedom to do the work only He can do!

 

 

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