“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keep people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
I have read this scripture several times. I understand that everyday we battle the unbelievers and naysayers around us. We battle to keep the Light in us shining in the darkness around us. I understand that not everyone believes as I believe. Yet, I’m commissioned to “go, make disciplines; go shine His Light; Love as Christ loves me.” It’s an uphill battle everyday. I also understand that my weapons for battle are His word, His power in me, His strength, His love in me to pour out on others.
Today this scripture takes on a deeper meaning. It hits closer to home. At the moment, is weighs heavy on my heart, mind and soul.
When I think of this scripture I think of the battle as outside of my family, friends and the ones closest to me. I’m not emotionally attached to people outside of my personal world. Don’t get me wrong, I believe and fight the battle for all. Yet, if resistance is given it’s easier to accept and say “God’s got this, in His time, His will be done.” Yet, when you receive resistance from people you love, close to you, who are very dear to you, the burden seems heavier, hurts a little more. It’s very difficult to not be hurt or feel rejected.
I am very passionate about God’s love for me, for my loved ones, for everyone. I can go on and on about how God has shown up and provided for me and my family. So when people in my “Molli world” miss it or don’t see God, it cuts a little deeper. It hurts a little more.
So, when I was reminded of and read the scripture again, a deeper understanding came to light. A more personal understanding started to sink into this hard head of mine.
What are the “strongholds of human reasoning, “; “false arguments,” ; “proud obstacles,” ; “rebellious thoughts.” There is an endless list of examples that fall under each of these. I’m going to mention a few that are part of my battle. I’m sure you can add more and understand the need to overcome all of them, not just a few.
Let’s see if any of these sound familiar. I can’t see or touch Him, so He’s not real. He didn’t answer my prayer so I can’t trust Him. Why do bad things happen to good people. I’m too messed up to be loved. I don’t deserve to be loved because of what I have done. I’m not good enough, smart enough, strong enough. Why would He want me, I’m a nobody. I’m entitled to what I have and more. Why am I punished for something someone else did. Why should I treat others better than what they are treating me? An eye for an eye. Believing in God is a crutch, a weakness. I can do it on my own. I don’t need anyone.
EVERY single word I just wrote is a LIE! Those are all ways that Satan weasels into our hearts and minds.
Ok. Great, thanks for pointing that out. What am I supposed to do with it now?
As believers of Christ, we do not wage as the world around us wages war. We use God’s mighty weapons to knock down, capture and destroy the war around us.
The same power that raised Christ from the dead, the same power that healed the blind, the crippled, the insane, the diseased is living in You and me. Deep down in our innermost being, the soul of who we are is God’s power in us ready to bust out the seams, to fill us and burst forth for all to see and believe. I have that power in me. You have that power in you. We have His word, His promises, His love, the source of all strength. You and me, we have that! We are not weak. We are not blind. We are not confused. We are not fearful. We are wonderfully and beautifully created in Him, for Him. His is our strength. His is our Hope. He is our Victory. People, the war has already been won! He has and will continue to equip us to win the battles that are around us. He will never leave, or forsake us. He protects us and provides what we need to be the best we can be for Him. We have the ultimate body of armor. We have the helmet of salvation – the promise of eternity. We have the breastplate of righteousness – the desire to do right by God. We have the belt of truth- absolute certainty of God. We have the shoes – protection with the Gospel and peace. We have the shield of faith – nothing can pierce or break through. We have the sword – the Word of God that will slice through all lies.
This is how we fight our battles.
Even when the battle hits close to home, too close for comfort. We may wonder what did I do wrong? How do they not see what I see, not know what I know when I’ve tried everything I can think of to be a light, an example of Christ’s love.
This battle is not against me personally. This battle is not against you personally. I know and believe we have already won. This is God’s battle. We are His warriors. Do not lose heart, for He has overcome the world. He has equipped us for His battle. It is not ours alone. It is not our yoke to carry. He has empowered us to overcome and conquer the lies and deceit around and in us. When you feel overwhelmed and defeated, take it to Jesus. Lay it down at His feet. Soak in His presence, His love. Refresh your heart, mind, soul, body with His word, with His strength. Stop beating your head against the wall. Kneel down at His feet and He will lift you up, infuse you with His strength to go and carry on. Go and be His living example. Go in His strength.
Anticipate the mighty work He is doing and will do through you and me. This is our battle cry!!
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.