September 21, 2018 Memory Verse

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2 Corinthians 10:4 A Different Set Of Weapons

 

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The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4

Battles and wars are occurring all around the world. From large, full nation against nation wars, to sibling fights of little children in families. It does not take a person looking very far to see some type of war or battle going on. Watching or reading about any news will show that the majority of the news is centered on some type of battle.

These battles can be someone or group physically fighting someone else. Or they may be fighting with words.

The world likes to uses all types of weapons in the attempt to destroy the enemy or opponent. When people hear about battles and wars, most will think about guns and bombs, however, the arsenal is much larger than just those items, and many of which are much more destructive.

Some common weapons that the world uses are: slander, lies, rebukes, cut-downs, and back-stabbing. Words are used to attempt to destroy the enemy. Politicians are constantly talking about how bad another politician is in order to get their own way. Spouses talk about how bad the other spouse is in order to justify leaving. Members of a church back-stab another person with lies and gossip to get their way.

Believers are not to use those same weapons. They have weapons that are better than that and are much stronger. The believers arsenal of weapons are: joy, peace, kindness, grace, mercy, forgiveness and more, along with God’s Holy Spirit and favor. All of these are wrapped up in love, the greatest weapon and full of divine power, because God is love.

Love will diffuse anger, reconcile differences, and overlook wrongs. Walls that people build up can be destroyed by love.

As a believer you are in a war. The world is against you. It is a battle for your soul. You have to choose how you will wage that war against the enemy.

Do not be like many people around the world, using the weapons of this world, cutting down and physically destroying people. Use God’s weapon of love against them. Show His love to your enemy.

As you do this, the walls will come down, the enemy will have to surrender or flee. Satan will run. Don’t give up, but fight the war in God’s way.

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will know the weapons God has for you; that you will battle war with God’s weapons; and that the world will see that you live for God.

1 Corinthians 16:13 How To Keep Going

 

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Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

As Paul closes out his first letter to the Corinthian church, he gives some final words. He tells them to be on guard, stand firm in their faith and to be strong and courageous.

The world does not have any set standard. Most people in the world live by the standard of: if it feels good, do it. They also believe in looking out for old number one–self. People are out for themselves and are willing to take out anyone who gets in their way.

This type of standard goes against what God tells His followers. Satan does not want a believer to succeed and so he will work to get the world to fight against the believer. This world is a war zone–the world against believers.

Since this world is a war zone, believers must be on their guard. One must be aware of what is going on around him. The enemy will attempt to attack at various times and many different ways. If the believer is aware of this, he can see the tactics of the enemy and be ready to fight back.

One of the tactics of the enemy is to try and break down one’s faith, what the person believes in. The world is always changing what it believes in and tries to do the same with the believer.

Believers must know that they know what they know about Jesus. They must know that they are saved and forgiven. Know what Jesus did for them. This will help to not fall for the lies of the enemy.

Finally a believer must be strong and courageous. The enemy will continually try to attack and destroy a believer. Believers must walk in the strength of God and be willing to fight back when needed with His strength.

War is not easy and the walk with God is a war against the enemy–Satan. As a believer you must not allow the enemy to win. Temptations will arise to try and get you to fall away from God.

If you are aware of what the enemy is trying to do and you stand firm in your faith being strong and courageous, you will win the battle. In the end God will say welcome home good and faithful child. You will also be a witness of Jesus to the world.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what the enemy is doing; that you will know what you believe in Jesus; that God will fill you with His courage and strength; and that you will be a witness to this world.

Psalm 120:7 Seeking Peace, Finding War

I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. Psalm 120:7

All over the world most people desire to have peace instead of war. Battles are being fought daily in many different nations. People fight others for many different reasons, even though there are many who would love to have peace.

Believers should be seeking peace also, even though they are in the midst of a battle for their lives. The peace that should be sought out, is not the peace that the world thinks of. This peace is the peace that comes between them and God. It is an inner peace that overcomes everything.

As the believer seeks to present that peace to those in the world, the devil rises up in opposition and seeks to make war with him. The peace that the believer is trying to make is peace between God and man. The world does not accept God and does not want that type of peace. This is where the war is brought about.

In order for a believer to present God’s type of peace, he must show love, compassion, and mercy to those in the world. Not every believer shows these attributes of God to the world.

It is common to hear Christians bashing non-believers, condemning them to hell, and showing hatred. The words that many speak are not the true words of God. Yes, God hates the sin, but He does love the sinner.

As Jesus walked on the earth, He spoke of the peace of God and showed love, mercy and compassion. Yet, the world made war with Him and crucified Him. You will have it no differently.

As you go through your days, you need to be showing the world the peace that God can and will offer. Show the peace that comes through knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior. While there will be some who will accept the message you bring, there will be some who will make war with you.

Do not give up when there is war against you. Put on the armor of God and stand your ground, not seeking to fight and condemn, but fight to show God’s true love to this fallen world. You are in a battle for your soul and the souls of other people.

Are you seeking peace?

Or just seeking to fight in a war?

I pray today that you will know the peace of God; that you will present God’s peace to the world; that God will strengthen you in the battles that will come; and that you will be an example of God’s love to the world.

2 Corinthians 10:3 A Different War

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.” 2 Corinthians 10:3

All over the world a person can see various types of wars that are being fought by nations. These are physical battles with real guns and artillery. People are physically killing and being killed. When speaking of wars, these are what most people think of.

In every nation there are other wars going on that are not usually seen as “wars”. These are battles of individuals against other individuals. There are spouses that are fighting for each other’s own way. Children and parents fighting. Bosses and workers fighting. Fellow workers fighting each other. Neighbors fighting each other. Each of these are small wars going on.

No person can escape being in or around a war. As a believer living in the world, one will be a part of a war. The difference is how the believer and the non-believer fights.

The world fights with harsh words and physically. The world looks at the individual as being completely responsible for the battles.

The believer fights in the spiritual realm. He looks at the individual as being controlled by the spiritual realm. The spirit of the devil is present in the battles. The believer is to fight the spiritual forces that are leading others into wrong living.

It is the spirit of deception that causes people to lie. It is the spirit of greed that causes theft. It is other demonic spirits that lead people to live lives not according to God’s way.

As a believer you must be willing to fight these spirits in this world. These spirits want to keep people from seeing Jesus. God’s Word is powerful and alive. Using God’s Word demolishes the power of the enemy. It will break down the strongholds in people’s lives. God’s Love will diminish the anger of the enemy and stop the battle.

Are you fighting in the war God is in with the demonic spiritual forces of this world? Are you fighting as the world fights? Or as God fights?

I pray today that you will see the war God is waging against sin in your life and around you; that you will fight using God’s words and ways; that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered for battle; and that you will stand in the victory of Jesus.

Hebrews 1:13 The Winner

“To which  of the angels did God ever say, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’? Hebrews 1:13

The author is talking about the superiority of Jesus over the angels. Never had God told an angel that He would make the enemies his footstool some day. Yet that is what God said to Jesus. Jesus came to the earth as a baby with the sole purpose of going to the cross to die. It was because of enemies and sin that Jesus had to go to the cross. Once He died on the cross and paid for the sins of the world He was raised from the dead. God said at that time that because of what Jesus had done there would come a day when all His enemies would become His footstool. In other words, Jesus would win in the end.

What does that mean to you today? Every day you may have trials and troubles. There will be people who will hate you and mistreat you. There will be people who use and abuse you. Jesus said you are to turn the other cheek. God said that vengeance will be His, not yours. When you believe in Jesus for your salvation you also become an heir with Him in all that He has and will get. In Jesus you will win the war with sin. In the end you will inherit all of heaven and earth with Jesus. All your enemies will be put down underneath your feet with Jesus at your side.

When will this happen? No one knows the exact day or hour. It will be when Jesus returns to take everyone to be with Him for all eternity in heaven. This tells you that you have a hope of winning the battle some day. It reveals to you that God will have His day of vengeance for all the wrong done to you. All you need to do is stand strong and follow Him in this battle.

I pray that today God will strengthen you in your walk with Him; that you will know the power He has over the enemy; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus in winning the battle; that God will strengthen you to not fall to the enemies tactics.