2 Corinthians 10:1-6 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

1 Now I, Paul, make a personal appeal to you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ—I who am humble among you in person, but bold toward you when absent. 2 I beg you that when I am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are walking in a fleshly way. 3 For although we are walking in the flesh, we do not wage war in a fleshly way, 4 since the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments 5 and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 6 And we are ready to punish any disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

The weapons of the spiritual warrior begin and end in prayer.  They are accessed in prayer, because it is the Holy Spirit who does the fighting.  In a spiritual battle, we must access the Holy Spirit who does the fighting for us.  We cannot swing our Bibles in the air to destroy the work of the devil.  No, we must fall on our knees and beg God to defeat the devil.  We must be willing to allow Him to win the battle that only he can fight.  We are not out to prove a victory of the human will over sin, we are out to claim a victory of God’s will over the roaring lion.

Our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the powers and principalities that set themselves up against the heavenly kingdom.  We must fight with our knees on the ground, assured of the presence of the Holy Spirit and confident that God will accomplish his will before us.

Many times the only thing we can do is pray, and when the only thing we can do is pray, that is what we should do.  Don’t try to convince someone of something that only God can accomplish in their lives.  Don’t try to change someone when only God can change them.  That doesn’t mean that we don’t share the message and that we don’t encourage others, it just means that we recognize our limits and allow God to fight the battles that only he can fight.

People have established strongholds in their lives that only a work of God will destroy.  We have inner disagreements with God and presuppositions on the work of God that only a great and mighty God knows about, much less is able to remedy.  Allow God to be God and call on him to be your God.

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