Facing the Giants of Life Part – 1

2 Corinthians 10:3 – 5 —- For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 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.

The weapons by which the world (or society) seeks to attack the problems that are everywhere present in this world are very plain to us. They are investigations, studies of all kinds, reports from committees, meetings, educational programs, demonstrations, boycotts, strikes, pressure blocks, new legislation, etc.

The Apostle Paul sets them aside, not because they are basically wrong, but because they are essentially ineffective: They do not accomplish the task. It is not that some of these means might not ultimately be part of the working out of solutions, but they are not the primary thing. That is what the apostle is saying. They are not the thing upon which one depends on for victory in these struggles and battles of life. But, he declares, “The weapons of our warfare are mighty.” They are powerful!

What are these weapons?

These weapons are revealed to us in various Scriptures. They are essentially four: (1) there is the truth, i.e., the revelation of reality, the exposure of things as they really are. In Romans 13:12 this is called “the weapon of light.” Turning on the light is a marvellous weapon for helping to dispel the darkness of these areas where evil is rampant. The truth is the first of the weapons.

(2) Love is linked with truth. Everywhere in the Scripture, we find these two great forces linked together, truth and love. Paul writes to the Ephesians and exhorts them to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15),

(3) The third weapon is righteousness, i.e., moral rectitude, right behaviour, in line with reality. The weapons of righteousness visible from the outside and in our personal life as well.

(4) The fourth of these weapons is faith-prayer, i.e., the life of faith expressed in prayer. You recall how in Ephesians 6 the apostle speaks directly of “the shield of faith with which you can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one”.

It is not possible to take a gun and destroy sickness, or take a knife and destroy depression. Yet these situations can be destroyed by the above mentioned spiritual weapons.

In the Old Testament, we read that God promised the Israelites that He would take them to the Promised Land. Despite being at the border of the Promised Land, their belief in the report of the spies and the unbelief in God’s Promise caused them to remain in the wilderness for the next forty years. What God had planned for them was a great land of milk and honey but instead of inhabiting that land they believed the fears of the spies, were filled with fear and wandered in the wilderness for the next forty years.

They allowed the giants to threaten them.

In the face of negative situations in our life, do we give in to the fears of the so-called giants of unemployment, sickness, unfaithfulness, alcoholism, waywardness of our children etc. or are we willing to use our faith in the Word of God to overcome the giants in our life and turn around that situation for good?

THE CHOICE IS IN OUR HANDS.

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