March 15

weapons with divine powerYesterday, I finished listening to a CD by Beth Moore entitled Freedom. At first, I did not think what she had to say made much of an impression. However, I cannot get some of the ideas she presented out of my head, so I must be wrong.

The topic, of course is freedom. I didn’t need a sermon about freedom. As a child of God, I know I am free. So what kind of freedom was she talking about? She gave some concrete ways to weaken the strongholds Satan has on us. The reason I didn’t think it made much of an impression was because the strongholds she mentioned were substance abuse, sexual abuse, pornography, unforgiveness and extra-marital affairs. I do not have problems with these types of things, so I didn’t pay that much attention to what was being said at the time.

I know, I sound arrogant. I am ashamed to admit I had to think for a moment and wonder what strongholds Satan does have on me. There are many, believe me. I cannot believe it took me even a moment to think of some. In my mind, as long as I don’t have any “major” sins, I am as good as I can be. I believe in God, I trust in Him, I am doing the best I can. But, truthfully, I had to confess I am living in denial. I had to admit that I know I still have weaknesses, I am not free. I had to sit and meditate on what God wants me to learn; how He wants me to grow, what strongholds He wants destroyed. According to Beth Moore, “Identifying the lie is absolutely crucial to destroy the thing that has gotten hold” of me. Her words helped me to understand, and know how to apply.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Before listening to the Freedom CD, I knew the battlefield is in the mind. I did. But I never truly learned 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. I did not realize that the weapons we fight with “have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

I did know Philippians 4:8
“whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy—think about such things.”

And Ephesians 6:11-17
”Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

I knew I was supposed to think as Christ thinks, but why didn’t I know that thinking God’s thoughts had divine power to demolish strongholds?  I knew I had to stand firm and put on the full armor of God. I’ve done those things and I still have strongholds in my life. We ALL do. So, why am I just now awakening to the truths about 2 Corinthians 10:3-5?  Why am I just now realizing I have strongholds? I honestly thought I had taken care of them. If Satan had holds on me, it had more to do with my weaknesses and inability to overcome.

Some of what I thought was true. I was weak and I did have an inability to overcome. Some of what I thought of as true was just a lie meant to destroy me.  I am only weak when I do not use the weapons that “have divine power to destroy strongholds.”

Now, I feel much more equipped to fight the war and win. When I hear the whisper in my head that tells me I can’t ever change, I know exactly what to do. Replace it with the thinking of Jesus Christ himself. “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” Jeremiah 31:3.” I can do all this through him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13.

I know I have been equipped the full armor of God. I know the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  Now I know for a fact they have divine power to demolish strongholds. Now I am equipped to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

My prayer today is – God make something beautiful from the mess I’ve created on my own. Strengthen me to follow your principles which have divine power to demolish all the strongholds in my life.