Monday, July 18, 2011

Battling Strongholds

2 Cor 10:4 "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds."

There is a battle going on. If you don't believe it, just work with people for a while. To be very honest, we are screwed up. Oh, we think that we have it together. We think that we can make smart decisions. We think that the best thing to do in any situation is what is good for me, yet we do dumb, stupid, brainless things that just mess up our lives. The real answer is to do what God says. The real answer is to obey what He has laid out in His word. The real answer is to give up our own personal agendas and give in to His. Yet we don't want to. We want to do our own thing. We think we know better. We want to believe a lie. It goes all the way back to Adam and Eve. The serpent told Eve that she needed more. She could have special knowledge. She could be like God and she took the bait and did what she wanted to do. She thought about herself. She did what was right in her eyes. The result? Sin. Consequences. Death. The thing is, we don't learn. We do the same thing. Like I said, there is a battle going on.

How do we fight it? How do we obtain the ability to make smart decisions? To make wise choices? To avoid pain, and agony, and grief, and horrible consequences? We can't fight this war with guns, and bombs, and swords, and knives. It is way beyond that. This war is an unseen war. It is the war within and the only way to win it is with the mighty weapons of God so that we can destroy those things that have a strong hold on our lives. Those weapons are the unseen weapons that are more powerful than anything we could ever devise as humans. Those weapons are the ones that God supplies. Those weapons are things like truth, and righteous, and the gospel, and faith, and salvation, and the word of God. These weapons are powerful. Nothing can destroy these weapons and these weapons take out anything that comes against them. The truth always wins. Righteousness always prevails. The Gospel is absolute hope. Faith can do anything. Salvation is secure. And the Word of God takes out everything that comes against it. (Eph 6)

So when I am struggling with insecurity, or fear, or pride, or jealousy, or anger, or bitterness, or a critical spirit, or a rotten tongue, or a bad temper, or habits that can destroy my life, and when Satan comes they are. Here are our weapons. They will always win. Strongholds will be totally destroyed...gone...forever.

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