Daily Devotion – Day 3
Victory over the Spiritual Battle
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-6
Almost everything we do daily ultimately involves spiritual warfare. Our battle is not with flesh and blood (EPHESIANS 6:10; MATTHEW 16:18). We tend to focus on the outward visible works of the flesh, but the battle is spiritual, that which is unseen to the human eyes. No battle with the unseen is easy and we cannot fight a spiritual battle with carnal weapons.
The apostle Paul in 2 CORINTHIANS 10:1-7 tells us that we are in a spiritual warfare and the Christian’s weapons are not “according to the flesh” (v.2). “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh” (v.3). We do not act on purely human, abilities and worldly standards. Flesh is the willing human instrument of sin. We live in this frail, human body of weakness, but our spiritual “weapons of warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses” (v.4). One writer describes them as “fortresses” or “stronghold entrenchments and fortifications of opinion, in which men strengthen themselves against the gospel.” They belong to the realm of the will and intellect. They are “speculations,” reasoning, a thought which are the things we assume or count on. They are also “every thought” that is opposed to Christ. Are we depending on the human weapons, or the spiritual weapons God has provided?
Paul tells us how God destroys or tears down and overpowers these forces that are against the kingdom of God. “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (v.5). In the next verse, Paul tells us to act on what we know to be the truth of God. “And we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete” (v.6). What are you saying to yourself about Jesus Christ, the LORD God, the Holy Spirit and His will for your life? It is in the realm of the thoughts, cognitions, and intentions of man’s mind that our thinking process produces our emotions and behaviors.
It is imperative in this spiritual warfare that we submit our minds daily to the Word of God. One of the marvelous things the Holy Spirit does in the Christian’s life is to apply the Scriptures to the deep recesses of the mind over a period of time. The Holy Spirit uses those Scriptures we have studied and memorized to conform even our subconscious mind to the likeness of Christ. As we meditate and memorize the Scriptures the Holy Spirit brings them to our conscious mind and we are able to put our confidence and trust in the Lord during trials, temptations, difficulties, and turbulent times. Our thinking controls our emotions and behavior. As a person thinks in his heart so is he. Let us bring into submission to Christ all that is not holy and all that is not true in our minds and hearts. Then, He will give us a purity of heart, and that is where the spiritual battle must take place daily. Are we “ready to punish all disobedience”? That is where the battle is won or lost. Let our whole being be filled with God’s Word, even to the hidden areas of our personalities. Then He will give us a deep peace of mind and heart that passes all understanding.
Prayer: Father, thank You for this nation and its government. We lift up the President, the national and local government, judges, law enforcement, business leaders and all those who are in civil leadership positions in this country. Please protect them from the evil that is in the world and keep them safe and free from all harm. In Jesus’ name. Amen.