Divine Weapons

Mark Heijerman

READ : 2 Corinthians 10:1-18

By worldly standards, Paul was not an overly impressive figure. He practiced the meek and gentle manner of Jesus. He refused to use so- called “superior wisdom” to outwit lesser minds into accepting spiritual truth. Sometimes he appeared to be “timid.” As a result, the Apostle was criticized by those who thought that leaders need to be visibly aggressive and powerful.

Paul’s response was that he did not wage war as the world does. The world arms itself with good looks, sensual images, smooth talk, cleverly- worded phrases, twisted facts, intimidation, threats, arrogance, and outbursts of rage in order to convince. Paul chose from a different arsenal of weapons. His had divine power able to demolish the faulty arguments and pretensions of those insisting upon no need for God. His victories came through brandishing weapons of right and fairness like truth, purity, love, joy, peace, humility, gentleness, kindness, patience, and self-control.

Christian, consider your goals. If you are looking to impress worldly eyes, you will fail. If you desire spiritual victory and honor for the King of Kings, arm yourself as Paul did.

PRAYER

Lord, thank you for the war-winning, spiritual armor that you provide. In Jesus’ name. Amen.