|Today’s Scripture: 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; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5|
|We have all heard stories of young children and even dogs who have injured or killed someone because they accidently shot a gun. Although these instances are terrible, they illustrate my point clearly. If we were to have a three year-old fight against a man, how many of us would think the three year-old would have a chance in the fight, let alone, subdue the man. These are the circumstances we face every day in our spiritual battle – we are completely overmatched. We have no power in ourselves to overcome sin. That is why the Bible tells us that we are in slavery to sin. We are powerless to resist.
When we trust Christ, He frees us from the power of sin. He “hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” (Galatians 1:13) Now that we are saved, we have the ability to fight the temptation to sin. We have the Spirit of God working in us so we have the power through Christ to overcome the temptations in our lives. But this power doesn’t lie in us; it is in the weapons that we have through Christ. We have “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17) God’s Word is the weapon by which we can defeat temptation. This is the weapon Christ used when the Devil tempted Him in the wilderness.
We cannot win the fight in our own strength. We need to realize that anytime we try to face the Devil in our own strength we will lose. We don’t have the power to defeat him; that power only lies in God and His Word. It is only through the might of the weapons that we have the ability to resist the Devil. Therefore, we need to know how to wield the weapons God has given us effectively. We need to know God’s Word in order to use it when we face the temptations.
Not only are our weapons able to defeat the Devil, our verse also says they are able to pull down strong holds, cast down imaginations and everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring every thought to the obedience of Christ. The Word of God has power not only against the Devil and his demons, but also against the fortresses of our minds. God’s Word has power over the strong holds in our lives, the imaginations of our hearts, and everything that is not in subjection to God. It is through God’s Word that we can bring our thoughts in line with Christ’s. We are commanded to become Christ-like and to have the mind of Christ. When we yield to God’s Word, we will allow ourselves to be controlled by God.
The power to overcome temptation and sin in our lives doesn’t reside in us – it resides in the One who saved us, the One who indwells us, and the One who has given His Word to us. When you face your battles today, remember, you have the power to win because you have mighty weapons.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder