2 Corinthians Chapter 10 verse 3 to 6 talks about the weapons of spiritual warfare. Find out how to win.
Why do Christians experience spiritual warfare?
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds😉 5 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; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.2 Corinthians 10:3-6
Before we knew Christ, our spirits are dead. When we accepted Christ as Saviour, our spirits are born again. We are now righteous and the devil cannot touch us.
That leaves the soul and the body.
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.3 John 1:2
So even though our spirits are saved and untouchable, our souls are easily affected. The only area that the devil can attack is our souls and minds because Abba God gave us free will which means this area is under us.
How do I counter the devil’s attacks on my soul and mind?
According to 2 Corinthians Chapter 10:5, “by 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“.
1. The obedience of Christ
I used to think that the obedience of Christ in this verse is for us to emulate. I win spiritual warfare by being obedient like Christ.
I did not know that I was setting myself up for failure. For fail I did. I tried and tried and came to a point of realization that I can never be like Jesus.
Romans 5:19 defines what the obedience of Christ is.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.Romans 5:19
It is Christ’s obedience to God. The key point is that by His obedience I am made righteous. Nothing I do to obey God can save me and nothing I do to disobey God can disqualify me. It is a gift, freely given, paid by the blood of Christ.
Taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ means reminding myself of Christ’s obedience to God’s purpose of saving me by grace and faith alone. Romans 10:2-4 talks about how my effort to achieve righteousness frustrates God’s gift of righteousness.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.Romans 10:2-4
2. I am God’s beloved
Focusing on the person and work of Christ is simple and pure but the devil doesn’t just throw up his hands and give up. He continues to try to deceive me through subtle and crafty schemes; distracting my mind from focusing totally on Christ.
When tempted by the devil in the wilderness, Jesus countered by quoting the scriptures.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.Matthew 4:4
What is every word that proceeds from the mouth of God?
This isn’t words in the bible but words that God spoke. Incidentally, the verse immediately before Matthew 4:1 in Matthew 3:17 recorded the spoken word of God:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.Matthew 3:17
I believe that Jesus countered the devil’s temptation with this spoken word. In the same way, I believe that by focusing on the truth that I am God’s beloved, I can counter the devil.
Love evokes strong emotions. This connects with the truth of Christ’s obedience to create a strong helmet of salvation.
3. As He is, so also are we in this world
On what ground can I say that I am God’s beloved?
Jesus is God’s Beloved. There is no doubt about it. But, me?
Christ’s obedience has won me salvation and righteousness but belovedness?
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.1 John 4:17
According to 1 John 4:17, as Jesus is in Heaven, so am I in this world. What He has in Heaven, I have in this world. The blessings of God for me is for now and the present. Not in the past nor in the future.
In conclusion, I am persuaded that the battle of my mind is won by the obedience of Christ and my knowledge that I am God’s beloved.
I must focus on Jesus as the one who was obedient to God on my behalf. Focus on God’s great love for me, and remember that Jesus is my champion. Every battle He won, I won.
This personal study on 2 Corinthians chapter 10 is inspired by a sermon entitled “The Battle For Your Mind” by Joseph Prince of New Creation Church, Singapore.
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