Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Devotion: A Spiritual Battlefield

"That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."
1 Corinthians 2:5

Time and time again, we find ourselves in the midst of tribulation. We are sometimes just happily walking along, when BAM!, a situation or trial slaps us right in the dome. It's funny isn't it?

Having a daily walk with God requires us to take responsibility for our thoughts and actions. We can easily get sidetracked by life and when these tribulations come, we end up being totally unprepared...or worse...we equip the wrong armour.

In His Word, God showed me some things. As a Christian, we have new life and therefore should have new weapons. These should always be equipped BEFORE the battle. Sometimes we mess up and are too in tune with our humanity, or our flesh, and try to use carnal weapons.

By battle, I mean anything you come up against, such as music influences, fitting in with friends, relationships at work or school. Every day we have to be prepared to protect our hearts and minds.
II Corinthians 10:3-6 reveals so much about why:

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."

If we want to be obedient to Jesus, we must equip the weapons of the spirit and not of the flesh! Without the right weapons, strongholds don't get pulled down, they actually get built higher! Without the right weapons, imaginations that are not healthy and not right will not be cast down, but exalted!

If we fight with anger and rage instead of peace and love, before we know it, we are eating a mouthful of dirt. There is no victory using weapons of the flesh, however, the weapons of the spirit are always victorious because they are from the Almighty!

Today, think about the battle that you are in and ask God to reveal to you which weapons you have equipped. Ask Him to show you how to use the spiritual weapons. After all, the battlefield doesn't take place on this's a spiritual war. We can't win with carnal weapons! Equip yourself today and proclaim victory in the spirit!

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."
Ephesians 6:11-18

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