2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (MSG)
The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
I have gotten to the place where I am like, “Lord what is going on!” My soul is unrested and I am feeling exposed and on the defense. Things that used to come easy are now the areas where opposition is cropping up. I used to be able to blend in with the crowd, but now I feel like I am being called out into a battle.
May I submit to you that it is time for war in the spirit. There is a place called worship where our weapons are sharpened and forged. There is a stance called praise where our foundation is established and we are able to stand when hell is literally breaking loose all around us.
We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices. Yes he may be loud, but it only takes the stone of the word to knock him down and the sword of it’s truth to cut his head off. We even keep the back up stones for his minions. We don’t mind going to battle so as long as in the process our loved ones are set free, our lives are producing greatness, and we are walking in the fullness of who God has created us to be.
There are too many Goliath’s staring us down, taunting us constantly. We can either stand in fear and wonder what we will do or we can go down to the brook with the determination that,” if God be for me who can be against me.” In 1 Samuel 17 David goes to prepare himself for battle, deciding that today is the day we end this mockery of God and his people. David grabbed five smooth stones from the brook. To me, the stones each represented a word from God, a guarantee that he was on David’s side.
The stone of knowing “all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord.”(Romans 8:28)
The stone of “no weapon formed against me shall prosper.”(Isiah 54:17)
The stone of “my help comes from the lord, the maker of heaven and earth”(Psalm 121)
The stone of “my God can do immeasurably more than I could ever ask, think, or imagine.”(Ephesians 3:20)
The word of God is a sword that when used correctly will blast through EVERY issue life tries to throw at us.
Reasons to Fight
Think of what is at stake. Is it worth doing nothing, hoping something will happen?
May I submit to you that life is not a game of chance, but action and reactions, choices and consequences. We can not afford to be using faulty weapons, weapons with no substance.
I choose to fight because if I don’t I will always find myself being pushed over every time I try and go towards what God has called me to. We can not afford to go uncovered for a moment. Some attacks come because the enemy knows where the weakness are with our weapons. Satan is a bully and he goes for those who are the weakest. He doesn’t want to mess with the one who knows how to wield her weapon.
The one thing he will try to do is talk you out of using them. He will speak to your mind telling you your weapons are not enough. That they are not effective if they are not producing at the rate of someone else’s. If he can get to your mind he will try to corrupt it until you are no longer able to function. This is why the bible is constantly talking about renewing our minds and keeping God’s word before us daily.
Dear friends, I just want to encourage you to not back down from the challenges of life and know that the Greater One is on the inside of you and that if He is for you, nothing can stand against you. You are a winner, its up to you to last until the end of the battle to see that your living is not in vain.