walk in the word
Though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3–4, esv).
There is a good way to handle every battle you face in life.
And none of the choices from the following list is the right one.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these” (Galatians 5:19–21a).Our weapons are spiritual weapons—and they’re weapons that work. Click To Tweet
See those? Those are flesh weapons. They’re the things you believe you deserve because of all you’re going through. (Notice how many of them are selfish.) They’re the things you believe others deserve because of all that person has put you through. (Notice how many of them are relational.) But no matter what you want or believe, there’s no way around the fact that they are sinful flesh weapons—the weapons that always seem most readily accessible, easiest, and quickest to deploy. And the ones that will always set you up for failure.
When your first thought in battle is to reach for a flesh weapon, the war is already lost.
Now if you and I were nothing but physical beings, we could effectively fight our battles with physical weapons. If someone treated us badly for no reason, we could answer it with brute force. If our kids didn’t show us respect, we could counteract it with an explosion of anger. But “though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.” While we live in a physical reality, we are not fighting a primarily physical battle. “The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh.”
Our weapons, instead, are spiritual weapons—and they’re weapons that work.
“The sword of the Spirit,” for example, “which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). If you think the most you can expect from daily time in the Scripture is a warm moment with your Creator, you couldn’t be more wrong. When you’re alone with Him, with your Bible open, you are renewing your mind. You’re being equipped for battle through “the washing of water with the word” (Ephesians 5:26). Though nearly every other interaction in your day is sure to cloud your thinking and compete against your faith, the truth of God’s Word is able to keep your thinking clear and clean. No escaping into yourself; no bending others to your will. You’re headed into battle now carrying the ever-effective “sword of the Spirit.”
Add to this two other swords—“weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left” (2 Corinthians 6:7). That battle for your priorities, your prodigal, your prospects in work or marriage—no matter what the battle is, you’ll handle it badly if you’re not thinking like the righteous, forgiven son or daughter you are in Christ. But because God sees you as righteous, and because He says you are righteous, you have biblical authority to wield the full-spectrum power of these swords of righteousness—living well, believing well. They’ll help you reject what only appears to be true, and embrace instead what God declares to be true.
Father, help us reach for real weapons, not flesh weapons.
Weapons that are always effective for every battle we face.
Lord, thank You that the weapons You provide are far superior to anything I am prone to grab for. Thank You for spiritual truths that are genuine difference-makers in the battles I face every day. Whenever I doubt the power You’ve made accessible to me or think I need flesh weapons to solve my problems, please wake me up through Your Holy Spirit and Your Word to see the reality of what and how I’m fighting. You have already won the battle. Help me simply put Your victory into practice, through the strong name of Jesus, amen.
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