Have you ever visited a historic battlefield? In my hometown, we have the Cowpens Battlefield which was the sight of a significant battle fought during the American Revolutionary War. As beautiful as the grounds are when I am there I feel a little sad. As many times as I have visited there, I am haunted by the lives that were sacrificed and the blood they shed for my freedom over 200 years ago. That statement makes me think about what Jesus did for me over 2000 years ago and I am so grateful. As thankful as I am for my freedom as a citizen of the United States of America, my freedom in Jesus Christ is so much more! If you are a Christian, I know you understand what I am saying. Have you ever thought of the Hill of Calvary where Jesus died for us as a battlefield?
Today We are Going to Talk About Another Battlefield
2 Corinthians 10:1-4
“By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you – I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” when away! I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
As I prepared to write today’s article, I struggled a little with what I needed to talk about. Then I looked back at the verses before the verse we looked at yesterday – 2 Corinthians 10:5. So today we are talking about the battlefield we fight on every single day. We are looking at Chapter 10:1-4 with most of our focus on verses 3 and 4. It may seem like we are going backwards, but we are actually simply building on yesterday.
A Quick Chat
We are going to quickly chat about verses 1 and 2 so that 3 and 4 make more sense.
“By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you – I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” when away! I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world.”
The Corinthian Church was almost constantly dealing with some kind of issue. Just like us, they were far from perfect. They listened to the wrong people sometimes, they were selfish sometimes… As I am sure you have heard before, “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” So true! Paul had started this church, put leaders in place to carry forth the mission of Christ, then continued on his missionary journey. Messages/letters would be sent back and forth between Paul and the leaders of the churches he had planted. These letters were how he could help them adhere to this mission.
At the time, they had people who were false apostles and were confusing the church members about how they were to strive to live. Paul was writing to help them see that some of them were misleading and others were being misled by them. God calls us, as believers, to live in a way that glorifies Him. I hope you are very familiar with how we as redeemed people are called to live and we will get into those very important details on another day.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.”
We talked a little about the Sword of the Spirit yesterday, and that it is the Word of God. So this sword belongs to the Holy Spirit of God. The war we wage is a war to live a life that glorifies God in the big stuff and the little stuff. God’s enemy is Satan and he does not want God glorified on earth. So, he does everything he can to distract us and draw us away from a life focused on God and His plan for us. Satan is our enemy too!
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they are divine power to demolish strongholds.”
Doesn’t sound like this is a physical battle with guns and missiles, does it? The battlefield is my mind and your mind. The weapons of the enemy are temptation, fear, worry, pride, anger, etc. That is why the Sword of the Spirit is so effective! God’s Word helps us to know how to battle and what to actually do on the battlefield of our minds.
For just a little insight into the term stronghold – it is a military term but I think of it as anything that has a “strong hold” on you. The only thing I want to have a strong hold on me is God. How about you?
Cares Jar Revisited
I mentioned my “Cares Jar” yesterday. What I failed to do is complete the picture for you. We can dominate the battlefield as God empowers us to do so, and here is how!
After I write the care/worry on the front of the index card and I find a scripture that helps me think the way God wants me to think about it and write it on the back. Then, I fold it and put it in the jar, symbolically giving it to God. Then, as the battle wears on about this particular thing that is worrying me, I remember the verse of scripture and work to overwrite the worry with the verse in my mind. It is God’s problem now not mine. If I keep worrying about it, I’ll take it back out of the jar and ask God to help me focus on what He has given me and help me hold onto His peace through it. And of course, I keep reading and thinking about that verse. God gave us His Word so that we can get to know Him and to use it to fight the enemy(learn to be a master swordsman!), but ultimately, the battle is the Lord’s and we must trust Him with it.
Let’s Go To the Lord in Prayer
Lord, thank You so much for You powerful Word. I thank You that You have not left us alone to do battle. You empower us, equip us and then fight it for us. I am amazed and so blessed by Your loving care for us. Please help us to understand who we are and how to live for Your glory and our good. In Jesus beautiful name. Amen.
Go Deeper Today:
. Romans 12:1-2