Worship and Warfare: Spiritual Warfare
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. - (2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NLT)
Thoughts for Today
Nearly everyone is aware of the military conflicts taking place around the world. We hear about them on the nightly news . . . see reports on the Internet . . . read journalistic reports in newspapers and magazines. We may even have a loved one serving in the military.
However, there is another kind of warfare. A kind that affects everyone but that not as many people are aware of. Spiritual warfare.
Consider this …
The New Testament was written against a background of spiritual warfare. The early Christians knew their walk with Christ was a walk through a battlefield. Paul says things like "be a good soldier" and "fight the fight of faith." The Bible refers to the devil as our adversary.
Today's Scripture describes spiritual warfare. It involves spiritual issues like human reasoning versus trusting God's wisdom and false arguments versus the truth in God's Word. It involves dealing with the temptations and discouragement the devil bombards us with. This Scripture passage also clarifies the weapons that will give us victory. Not our own clever ideas. Not the bombers and guns and other weapons of military conflict. We can only be victorious when we depend fully on God and use his mighty weapons.
This week we will look at one of his most powerful weapons: worship.
Father, help me be more aware of the spiritual conflicts in my life and in the lives of those I care about. Teach me to trust you and your power rather than trying to fight those conflicts on my own. In Jesus' name . . .
These thoughts were drawn from …
A Passionate Pursuit of God: Drawing Nearer to Him by Dr. Mike Chapman. This study teaches participant how to move into God's inner circle, how to listen for the voice of God, how to enjoy the freedom of worship, and how to embrace the mission of worship. This 45-minute format will accommodate groups with limited meeting times. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couple.
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