Today, we are living in a wilderness of humanistic ideas and ideologies. By that I mean that you have become the designer and authority of whatever you choose to believe. Sadly, many professed followers of Christ are caught up in this confusing mishmash of relativistic ideas and authorities. Let me ask you a question: Do you want to be able to effectively rescue people out of these demonically controlled ideological strongholds into the freedom of Jesus Christ? If so, read on!
St. Paul stated, We are human, but we dont wage war as humans do. We use Gods mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5 NLT).
God uses spiritual weapons to engage us in this war of destroying spiritual strongholds. To win the war against Satans iron grip, it wont be done in the conventional manner in which wars are fought. These strongholds are referring to all humanistic, godless belief systems. Lots of folks buy into these false ideas and are taken captive spiritually, unless they hear and respond to the truth. By destroying these obstacles, we are delivering people from their captivity to false religions, opinions, etc., into the freedom and dominion of Christ. Today we are in a pitched battle for the minds of people who are held captive to deceitful, demonic belief systems that are exalted in opposition to Scriptural truth. (See I Cor. 3:20)
There is only one weapon that can expose and correct these false belief systems, and that is the truth: The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eph. 6:17). Spiritual warfare is an ideological conflict fought in the mind by assaulting the proud fortresses of ideas that sinners erect against the truth. 1 By using the truth of Gods word, we knock down enemy fortresses, release the prisoners from Satans domain, and bring them into obedient subjection to the Lordship of Christ. (See Eph. 6:10-18)
QUESTION: The key to successful warfare is proficiency in wielding the word of God against the lies of the Enemy who masquerades as truth. Just how badly do you desire to be Gods instrument of liberation to the lost? Are you willing to pay the price in terms of sustained, disciplined, and informed study of the Scriptures in order to be equipped as His instrument? Because that is exactly what it will take. It is here that the men are separated from the boys; the warriors from the whimps. Which do you choose to be?
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
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