Scripture Meditation for the Week
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
There is a tremendous battle over the souls of men being waged by the Spirit of God and by the devil and his angels. The battle is to control the mind and the soul of man. This is not a battle equals, or yin and yang, so therefore we have the anticipation of victory when we do well.
Many times, when a person is in that conflict it is their soul that is in the balance, and not always their spirit. It can be but is not necessarily an issue of salvation. This letter is addressed to the church, so it is the soul of a Christian – saved but paralyzed by the battle and their soul in deep despair.
God’s Spirit is tugging and the enemy is holding on. It is a tremendous spiritual battle. If you’re going to achieve and maintain a life of victory as Christians, you must be aware of this battle for your soul. One of your problems is that you do not always recognize when it is a demonic opposition. And quite often, you’re prone to just pass it off as your own nature, your own feelings, or that your life just stinks, not always aware of the fact that you are under a spiritual attack. Because you’re not aware of the fact that it is a spiritual attack against you, you just go on, rather than standing against it and resisting it. The enemy is fine with too much credit or too little for the difficulties in your life, because both are effective.
The Bible says if you submit to God and resist the devil, he’ll flee from you. But you’ve got to recognize that it is a demonic attack before you resist it. In doing so we must remember two things: first, God has either chosen us for this battle, or chosen this battle for us; second, that He has given us the weapons for that warfare.
The carnal weapons are the manipulative and deceitful ways of the world. Our spiritual weapons are scorned by the world but feared by demonic powers. When we fight with true spiritual weapons, then no principality or power can stand against us. We can rest in the Lord, understanding the battle, and the weapons to be used in the fight.
How do you obtain such weapons? Read and heed His word and trust in His promises. Submit all things to Him and wait for Him to fight the battle.