Mighty In God, Evans Olang

2Corinthians 10:3-5, “3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”

When we hear of spiritual warfare, we immediately think of battling spiritual demonic forces attacking our health, our finances, our families etc. In studying this verse, the spiritual warfare is much much greater than that. If anything, it’s the battle to stay steadfast on what God has revealed in His word and refute those who contradict it.

I know not of what is battled in our day like the battle to dethrone Christ that man might be exalted. The battle believers engage in is to keep the word pure, unadulterated, unhindered both in our lives and around us …“14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ”, Ephesians 4:14-15.

This battle began in the garden of Eden where Satan challenged men to doubt God’s word. This was the first defiant of the word of God where men indirectly said, “not Your will but mine be done”, right into the New Testament in the wilderness where Christ was also challenged to go against the Word. We also see men like Paul though walking in the flesh were not battling according to the flesh, they battled to keep the word pure by preaching the true gospel of God to battle against the lies which were being spewed in their day. The battle continues today where men attack the bible, even hijack the bible and make it say what they want it to say even by some who call themselves shepherds of the flock. If we doubt the credibility of the Word, its authority and its sufficiency, we have lost the battle.

The work of the ministry is a spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies, and for spiritual purposes. Outward force is not the method of the gospel, but strong persuasions, by the power of truth and the meekness of wisdom. Thus the weapons of our warfare are very powerful; the evidence of truth is convincing. What opposition is made against the gospel, by the powers of sin and Satan in the hearts of men! But observe the conquest the word of God gains. The appointed means, however feeble they appear to some, will be mighty through God. And the preaching of the cross, by men of faith and prayer, has always been fatal to idolatry, impiety, and wickedness”, Matthew Henry

Some examples, Men like Apollos had mighty weapons in God and they pulled down strongholds, casting down arguments and everything that tried to stand and exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Apollos “…vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ”, Acts 18:28. Paul in speaking with Felix the governor, Acts 24:25, “Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid…”. Paul in preparing his son in the faith Timothy gave him this weapon, 1Timothy 4:16, “ Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you”

“The “weapons” with which this warfare is managed are the Scriptures of truth, the sword of the Spirit, the word of God; and which indeed are an armory, out of which may be taken weapons of all sorts, both offensive and defensive; such as serve both to establish and secure the doctrines of the Gospel, and to refute the errors of the wicked: to which may be added all those gifts which Christ has received for, and gives to men, qualifying them for the work of the ministry, … but mighty through God: powerful and effectual through the blessing of God, and the influences of his grace and Spirit for the conversion of sinners, the edification of saints, the defense of truth, the confutation of error, the destruction of Satan’s kingdom, and the enlargement of Christ’s: for these weapons are not powerful of themselves; they are passive instruments, which are only efficacious when used by a superior hand; when the Gospel ministration is attended with “the demonstration of the Spirit, and of power”; and then they are serviceable”, John Gill

It was Charles Spurgeon who was asked to do something when the bible, the Word of God was under attack, his response, “you don’t need to defend a lion, just turn it loose and it will defend itself” That is what we must do in the times we are living in. Our weapons of warfare, the word and prayer are not carnal (fleshly), they are mighty in God for pulling down everything that tries to elevate themselves against the knowledge of God, we need to turn this lion loose.

The bible James 4:7, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”. In other words, submit to God in prayer and the word and you have the tools NOT for casting out the devil but tools to RESIST him because they are mighty in God. This what Jesus did in the wilderness and this is what we must do. Everyday the battle to doubt, manipulate, change the word of God is presented to us, we must submit to God and then have the ability to resist. Blessings Ev

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