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.

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2 Corinthians 2:10-11 Don’t Be Outwitted

 

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Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven–if there was anything to forgive–I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:10-11

In the Corinthian church there had been someone who had done something wrong. He was punished to some point, but was then forgiven. Paul points out that he wanted to forgive so that Satan would not outwit them, knowing how he would scheme.

Forgiveness is something that most people want, but are not willing to give. They want to have revenge or punishment brought upon the person who has done something wrong to them.

Unforgiveness is something the Satan uses to trap people. It harms people in a variety of ways, though many do not believe that it is really harming any one. When a person does not forgive, God does not forgive, is the first and greatest harm done to the person who was wronged.

Along with not being forgiven, it creates bitterness and hatred. There is no real love shown. There has been people, who are believers, who have refused to forgive someone for something that was done wrong when they were a young child. As an adult, thirty-forty years later, they are still angry about the situation and refusing to forgive the person. This plays right into the schemes of Satan.

Satan does not want a person to forgive anyone else. Forgiveness brings about healing, restoration, love, life and a good relationship. Refusing to forgive brings about hatred, anger, separation, and death, things that Satan is desiring. He will strive to get people to refuse to forgive, so that it can cause God to stop forgiveness and death will be the result.

You may have some struggles or pains from the past with another person. Ask God for the strength to be able and willing to forgive that person from the heart. Do not allow Satan to have a foothold in your life and destroy you and the other person.

Forgiveness will bring about a beautiful restoration in your relationship with that person and with God. Both are things that Satan does not want you to have.

In order to forgive someone, just think about how much and how many times God has forgiven you for what you have done wrong to Him. It will be worth it.

I pray today that you will know what God has forgiven you of; that God will fill you with His love for others; that God will strengthen you to forgive others; and that God will open your eyes to what Satan is doing. 

1 Corinthians 6:7 Being Wronged And Not Fight Back

 

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The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 1 Corinthians 6:7

Paul talks about how the Corinthian church was taking people to court. They would place a lawsuit against another person because of something that person had done wrong. He calls them completely defeated because of these lawsuits.

In America, lawsuits against a person or company is a very common thing to happen. Something does not go just perfectly right and a person is ready to file a lawsuit.

A doctor does not do something correctly or makes a mistake and there is a lawsuit made up. A person in a restaurant or some other business treats someone wrong and there is a lawsuit. The floor is wet in a business and some one slips and gets hurt, and there is a lawsuit. Workplaces see lawsuits all the time for treatment of the workers. And the list of lawsuits is endless.

In this mix of lawsuits are many believers. Paul said a believer must take the wrong and move on.

Look at the life of Jesus. How many times did people do Him wrong? And yet, He did not fight back or create a lawsuit against them. He knew who was in control and let His Father deal with the person correctly.

Every believer must know who is control. It is God who is in control. If God is the one in control, then it is probable that He allowed the situation to occur to build you up in a certain way, or to allow the believer to be a witness to someone.

When a believer shows love to a person who has done him wrong, it will speak volumes. If a believer does not fight back when wronged, it will show God’s love.

There is going to be times when someone does something wrong to you. Even though the government and the world says you have a right to fight back, that is the time to turn the other cheek and let God deal with that person in His own way and time.

Instead of drawing up a lawsuit, seek to show that person love and forgiveness Be a witness of who Jesus is and was. Trust that God is the one who is in absolute control and not fight back.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will trust God’s path for your life; that you will not fight back against those who have done wrong to you; and that God will give you strength to love your enemies.

Romans 11:11 Not Beyond Recovery

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Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgressions, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. Romans 11:11

Paul is telling about how the Israelites had fallen away from God. They had chosen to not follow God any more. This opened the door for God to provide salvation for all people, both the Israelites and Gentiles.

People who have done something extremely bad are often seen as beyond recovery. Many believe that there is no longer any hope for the person, because of how bad the action or actions were.

There was a time in America that when a person was convicted of certain felony crimes more than three times, he was no longer given any more chances. He would be put into prison for life or lose some other privilege for life. There was no longer any hope of recovery for the person.

There are many individuals that have been in the church and believed in God, that have fallen into the same belief. Some action has been done against God that caused the person to fall away from God. He turned his back on God and went the way of the world. Now he feels that there is no longer any hope, that God will not allow him to come back.

God does not work that way. He is a God full of love, grace and mercy. He wants to bring all people back to Him. Regardless of what was done in the past, God is right there, ready with open arms to welcome the person back into His family and relationship. God wants to save everyone, regardless of what he has done in the past.

You may be in a place where you have stepped away from God. You may feel as though there is no hope of recovery of your relationship with God. Although the sin may be great, God is greater.

Just as with the Israelites, there is still hope. If you have breath in your lungs, you can turn to God. God has made a way for you to recover from your sinful lifestyle. 

Be willing to seek forgiveness from Jesus, and He will give it to you. Turn from sin back to God, and receive the salvation that He has provided in Jesus. You are not beyond recovery.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides you; that you will seek the forgiveness from God; that you will build your relationship with God; and that you will be a witness of the salvation Jesus provides.

 

Acts 2:38 What Should You Do?

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Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38

After the disciples had waited in Jerusalem, God had sent His Holy Spirit just as Jesus had promised. When they had received the Holy Spirit, the people started talking in tongues and the people around them were amazed. Peter told them that this is what was promised by Jesus who they had crucified. Then the people asked Peter what they should do and Peter answered for them to repent and be baptized.

All around the world there are many different views on how to get to heaven. Every religion, except Christianity, requires work to be done and then a person might get into heaven.

Jesus is the only one who does not require any works to get into heaven. Works, while very good, are not enough to get into heaven and Jesus knew that. God had it in mind to provide a way for every person to get into heaven. No person is good enough to get in by his own personal merits or works. 

When He died upon the cross, He paid the price for all the sins of every person. Jesus is able to remove all sins through forgiveness of them. He made a way for every person to be able to get into heaven.

Being saved and getting into heaven is not a difficult process. All a person needs to do is repent of his sins. That is he must be sorrowful of and turn from all his sins. He must than accept what Jesus has done for him, paid the price for the sins and removed them for all eternity.

Jesus made the way into heaven so simple that even a child can do it. He wants everyone to be saved and get into heaven. God does not want anyone to have to be sent to hell.

Take a look at your own life. Ask yourself why God should allow you into heaven. There is only one correct answer, and that is Jesus paid the price and has forgiven you of your sins.

If you cannot answer the question with that answer, seek Jesus and repent of your sins. Turn away from your sins and believe in Jesus and you shall be saved.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of your sins and turn to Jesus; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you; and that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit.

Luke 23:34 Ultimate Love

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Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

As Jesus was being crucified, dying on the cross people were mocking Him and not believing in Him. This was occurring after a long night of extreme torture. Even as this was happening Jesus still asked the Father to forgive them.

People get hurt by other people on a regular basis. Most people will strike back or attempt to strike back at those who strike them. They want to get full vengeance for the wrong that was done to them.

The striking back takes different forms. Some will physically strike back and immediately. Others will strike family or friends of the person. Some will strike with just words rather than get physical. Many will call authorities and lawyers to strike back. Some will slander the person, causing another type of strike.

One common theme runs through all these methods of striking back and it is self vengeance against another person.

Jesus did not do any of these things while He was on the cross. He had never done anything illegal or wrong to anyone at anytime. He was perfectly innocent before men and God, yet was tried and sentenced to death on a cross.

As He hung there He was willing to forgive the people, because He knew that they really did not know what they were doing was wrong. He showed ultimate love for the people.

Anyone who hurts another person really does not know what they are doing is wrong. They think that they are doing the right thing. Satan has deceived them into doing the wrong thing.

You may never have to go through actual physical violence, but you will have a time where you will be hurt by someone. Someone may lie about you, or curse you, or cut you down in some way. Regardless of how you are hurt, it will hurt.

You will have a choice to make. Either you strike back in some way. Or you choose to love the person and forgive them…showing ultimate love as Jesus did.

Show the person God’s love and forgiveness and they may repent of what they did and serve God. They may choose the path of love…if they have been shown it and given that opportunity.

What is your choice: vengeance as the world or love as Jesus?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will share His love for others; that you will not seek vengeance, but forgiveness; and that you will know what God has forgiven you of. 

Luke 11:4 A Dangerous Request

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“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:4

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, so Jesus gave them a model type of prayer. Part of it said that the person is to ask God to forgive them, just as or because he forgives everyone himself.

This prayer that Jesus gave the disciples has become known as “the Lord’s prayer.” Many people and churches pray this prayer on a regular basis. There is a Christian radio station that does this prayer on the radio everyday at noon.

Since Jesus taught this model of prayer, it has to be a good prayer to make. However, many people probably pray it without really thinking about what this prayer says or asks.

In this prayer it asks God to forgive them, just as or because they forgive others that sin against them.

This brings up the real question: do people forgive others?

Everyday people are being hurt by others. Some hurt them on purpose, while others do it by accident. These hurts are sins against another person. Many people, not only in the world, but also in the church, are not willing to forgive that person who hurt them. Grudges and vengeance is held against that person.

Many churches and church families have been split because of anger against someone who has hurt them. Harsh judgement is called down upon people who have harmed someone or it did wrong. Chances for restoration and forgiveness are very slim.

Families, that call themselves Christians, are split up because of sins against each other. Divorce, fights, abandonment, and vengeance occur because people are sinned against. The anger sits in the heart for years, often for life. People are hurt and are unwilling to forgive. There are some ‘Christian’ believers who hold hatred for a past hurt for decades, because they are unwilling to forgive.

If every believer was to really pray this prayer from their heart, how many would God actually be able to forgive if He forgives as they forgive?

You have to examine your own life before you make this prayer. Are you willing to do what this prayer asks? Have you done what you would say with saying this prayer?

Be willing to forgive others, just as Christ Jesus has been willing to forgive you. Allow God to forgive you.

I pray today that you will have the love for others as God had for you; that you will forgive others as Jesus forgave you; that God will strengthen you to release all past hurts and pains; and that you will live for God all the days of your life.