Weapons That Work

The Gospel According to Paul: Weapons of Choice. Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Sunday, May 20, 2018

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“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh” (2 Corinthians 10:3).

Desperate Times

When human beings become desperate and don’t have answers to life’s difficult questions, we sometimes resort to human means for help. One of our most desperate struggles, especially in these last days, is war. There are terrorists all over the world with one goal in mind. They wish to put fear in the hearts of those whom they hate. With suicide bombs, shoulder-launched grenades, and other war implements, they seek to destroy life. In desperation, world leaders seek to combat war with war. The weapons of choice strike with intensity, and destroy the target. Because of hatred and war, many people all over the world lose their lives needlessly.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). In context, these verses are addressing arguments launched against the true gospel of Christ. When faced with the opposition of those who do not love the gospel, God’s word to us is that we do not fight as they fight. We are lead by the heavenly Captain of our souls. Everyone who opposes Captain Jesus Christ will certainly suffer defeat. Nothing can stand in His way and remain in tact.

Choose Your Weapon

Though bombings and artillery fighting was probably not on the apostle’s mind when he wrote these verses, we can glean a valuable principle from his words. Whenever we are faced with evil opposition, whether it is nation against nation or in our personal lives, the weapons we choose will determine the outcome. If we choose human weapons, destruction and more opposition will surely result. When we choose spiritual weapons, the Lord fights our battles and in the end, strife will cease forever.

When the persecution of life assails you, look to Jesus. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but devils. How can we fight devils by human means? We cannot see them unless they manifest themselves. Even then, we cannot defeat them in our own strength. If we ever hope to stand against unrighteousness and evil, we must be fully covered with the armor of God, Jesus Christ.

Cover Me

Let us be covered by Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life. Let us be covered by Jesus, our righteousness. Let us be covered by Jesus, the focal point of the gospel, and Prince of peace. Let us be covered with Jesus, the Author, and Finisher of our faith. Let us be covered by Jesus, the One who is our redemption. Let us be covered by Jesus, the living Word of God (Ephesians 6:11-17). It is only when we are covered by Him, and fight the good fight of faith that we will conquer evil.

I’m not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, are you?

Walk Light, Walk Right

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Today’s Scripture Promise:

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1).

Today’s Observation:

Romans eight is one of the very first chapters I memorized when I became a Christian. It is rich with mind liberating truths, and the opening promise is no exception.

The Bible says that there is no condemnation (that is, no eternal death penalty for sin) against those who are abiding in a relationship with Jesus Christ and continue living by the power of the Holy Spirit. The previous chapter is a wearying discussion of the sense of utter hopelessness in those who are in bondage to sin. Before we submit ourselves to God, His holy law stands as an all-knowing, unbiased indicter of our characters. Even without a thriving relationship with God, we are often able to see that we are living in rebellion against the Bible, but have no innate power to change. And having brilliantly described this fact, Paul opens our theme chapter where chapter six left off—with hope and victory. God’s promise is that those who choose to allow Him to crucify our evil habits and desires will be delivered from condemnation. He said that He would rescue, forgive, empower, keep, and reward those who submit our wills completely to Him.

Today’s Marching Orders:

Submit to God! There will be many opportunities today to choose between right and wrong. Temptations never ease up. The best choice any of us can make, is to pray for strength every time we are tempted, and then accept God’s power to help us walk away from the temptation immediately

Mission: Freedom for Captives

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Sunday, April 26, 2015
Based Upon Luke 4:16-22

There are a great many of us, me included, who love to read a passage in the book of Luke, which demonstrates that it was the custom of Christ to go to synagogue on each Sabbath for worship. It is an almost too obvious fact that a Jewish person would do so. They wholeheartedly embraced the blessing of seventh-day Sabbath rest, which God established as a sign of His power to create and recreate us. And, for millennia, people all around the world have not ceased to keep the custom Jesus modeled during his more than 33 years living on earth, which was given to us at the time of creation.

Although this fact seems to be the focal point of Luke 4 in many discourses and pieces of literature and commentaries among Sabbath keepers, I would like us to also focus a bit on what He actually did that day in the Synagogue.

The Bible says, “And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.” (Luke 4:17–20). It was at this moment during one of the may Sabbaths Jesus kept in fellowship with other believers, that Jesus announced His powerful ministry of redemption.

He firmly established His anointed prophetic mission to deliver helpless sinners from our bondage to sin, and give us the power to live for Him forever.

I love the fact that though He could have made this proclamation at any time at all, which would in no way have diminished its import, our loving Savior chose the sanctified day of rest, to share the blessing with us all. This blessing is now forever recorded for all the world to experience.