This is a piece of Old Gold that I had sent out awhile back but I’m excited to share it with you and I pray it can be an encouragement to you today!
“2 Corinthians 10:3-6/”For 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. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”
I heard that word usage in s sermon the other day and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I started thinking about all of the different addictions and bad habits of mine that I let take strongholds over me. Even tho we walk in the flesh and these strongholds take control over our flesh the power to overcome any stronghold doesn’t come from the flesh. The first lie I like to tell myself is that I can overcome with my own power. Our weapons to wage warfare comes from the Holy Spirit flowing in and through us. The second lie I start thinking is well I can let this sin get the best of me just this once and I’ll do better next time, it’s not that bad cause look at what so and so said about it or what they did. I start justifying what I’m doing, thinking well it’s not really that bad, comparing myself to the world instead of the standards of the one who created me. We can play the devils games, tell ourselves rationalies, and let our strongholds run our lives. Or we can go to war day in and day out. Using the weapons and armor God has given us through the Holy Spirit and applying His Word, spreading an abundance of truth over all the lies we tell ourselves. These verses made me take a lot of inventory on my obedience level with God. It’s never going to be up to His standards but even just the thought of there being a bigger Kingdom impact through me picking up His weapons and going to battle, fighting to become more obedient and to overcome strongholds, I would say it’s definitely worth the fight.”
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”/1 John 5:4-5
Felt the need to throw this verse in there from yesterday because although we fall into rationaLies so often and listen to the devil’s lie’s, what speaks louder and is way more powerful than the devil’s schemes, GOD’S TRUTH! God’s truth in this verse gives us confidence to fight the lies with His truth and not to hear the lies, rationalize, justify and make excuses. God says as believers in the Son of God, every person born of God who is now one with God as a child of His, He has defeated every ounce of evil in this world. The battle has been won and the victory is the Christian’s. Believing in the Son of God, Jesus Christ is believing the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Faith in the Son of God is life-changing, chain breaking power because with faith in Him there is no battle, only victory. We will be faced with temptation no doubt daily but the war has been won. It makes me think now after living a little more and falling a lot more, the main battle is between our ears. The devil can tempt us all day long but it’s you and me who believe the lies instead of God’s truth. James 1:14 says, “but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their ownevil desire and enticed.” What gets in the way the majority of the time from living and walking in God’s victory is ourselves. I’ve experienced it a million times with myself because when I choose to rationalize and compromise, I choose to reject God and His truth, when we take our weakness and incapable selves before God, giving everything to Him, He teaches us how to live in His ways, through the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, God moves us into the fullness of life He’s given us as victors who can’t be touched or shaken by anything of this world instead of defeated victims. Seriously it sounds too good to be true just humbly take your struggle to God and He will show you the way out, the path to victory, but He’s true and He’s God. Just watch. Also, when I say fullness of life I mean the more that God has for you, enjoying the peace, joy and strength that He gives to the believer showing them their freedom from anything or anyone that tries to hold them captive. The greatest part about this fullness is the impact it has on people around us who are going through the same lies and the same kind of strongholds except they don’t have Jesus to rely on, they don’t have His truth of victory that breeds hope to one’s life. The greatest part about stepping aside from our selfish wants and desires is watching how God uses that to help others see Him. And man, does it get any more awesome than to watch someone dead come to life through Jesus?? Nope, that’s the fullness I’m talking about and it comes when we see just how magnified and big our personal decisions to step into selfishness instead of God. Someone who doesn’t know the truth will keep living in lies so are we going to hold this truth captive and believe the lies with them? Or are we going to step aside and watch God’s truth make a huge impact in the chains that break in our life and in the lives of so many who desperately need hope, desperately need truth, and desperately need Jesus. I love the way John asks this question after he’s already hit us right in the face with such a powerful truth, he’s showing us the importance of this powerful truth thats overcome the world and I may be weird but it sounds like a hype chant at a pep rally but it can be our truth chant to the world, “And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. “