3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. – II Corinthians 10:3-4
Frustration usually results when failure becomes consistent in whatever is trying to be achieved. It is not that the task is impossible, but most of the time one realizes that what is being done or used to gain success is not right for the job. Take a runner for example who trains for a race every year, but never reaches the finish line in the time they desire and realizes that the running shoes worn are just too thin for long distance running. After switching shoes they become more effective because they now have the right equipment to aid them with their task. As Christians, have you wondered why some of your battles against satan have consistently failed? Is it frustrating when a certain area of your life suffers defeat over and over again? Perhaps, the question is, what are you fighting with?
Paul reminded the Corinthian church that even though they lived in the world, worldly standards could not be there means of fighting a spiritual warfare. One of the first things that a Christian must understand is that we fight a spiritual battle. Ephesians 6 says we must put on the whole armor of God knowing that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Our fight will always be one-sided if worldly standards are used to fight a spiritual battle. That is why Paul says our weapons of warfare are not of the flesh, but rather the weapons we are to use have divine power to destroy strongholds! In other words, victory is ours!
In the arsenal of satan are weapons of deceit, lies, guile, intimidation, compulsion and force, but we have truth, honesty, integrity, justice, holiness and faithfulness. Our weapons and armor also consist of peace, righteousness, love, light, the sword of the Spirit and salvation. We must also prayerfully communicate with God; hold strong to the message of God’s Word and allow God’s Spirit to dwell in our hearts. There is no way we should ever be defeated against satan because of our spiritual weaponry and most of all because Christ is on our side. When we do find ourselves being defeated, we need to pause and ask, “What am I fighting with?”
Scriptural Challenge: Each day equip yourself with the right weapons.
Shad E. Comeaux lives in the Houston area with his wife Carranda. He is the author/founder of the Daily Inspiration Email Ministry and is the devotional editor for Brothaonline.com. An ordained elder he attends the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, under the leadership of Dr. D.Z. Cofield.