Weapons of War

Weapons of War

2 Corinthians 10:3-5: “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

I recently watched several epic TV series on war and noticed a few things about the weapons that were used: I realized that rifles, grenades, bombs, and the other weapons we usually associate with winning or losing a war, are less powerful than the words that are used and the beliefs that are formed in the minds of those fighting.  I just watched the Railway Man and was overcome with the strength that Mr. Lomax found to persevere during intense torture because he believed in the freedom he was fighting for.  In the minds of others, words had instilled great fear.

In the story of David and Goliath, we see Saul and his army paralyzed with fear because of Goliath’s stature as well as his words. Saul’s fear makes him totally self-focused, and self-protective. Then David comes on the scene and sees what is happening. David is more concerned with the reputation of God than he is for himself. He is, as we would say today, Gospel-centered, not self-centered. His picture of God was bigger than the giant that stood before him.  I love how he responds to Goliath after hearing how Goliath planned to kill David:  “You come to me with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts…This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand.” We aren’t told that David is fearful, but my guess is he prayed a lot before he went out to finish Goliath. What strikes me as more important than David killing Goliath is that his relationship with God was such that he allowed the truth of who God was to be the focus of his thoughts rather than allowing his fears to control his thoughts. He focused on the greatness of God rather than on his smallness. He focused on the strength and the power of God, knowing that this was God’s battle. He knew the truth of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 before it was written. He knew the battle was greater in the spiritual realm than it was in the physical realm. Yes, he defeated Goliath with a small stone, but it was by the power of our great God.

For us, the best way to deal with fear is to surrender to God and rely on his strength, not our own. The giants we face today are the lies we believe that make us react in harmful ways that we “believe” are going to protect us, as Saul did.

The enemy of our souls has counterfeited the Word of Truth from God with lies that seem very convincing. What are the lies that feed your fears?  What are the ways with which you have reacted to those fears that are similar to Saul? What makes those lies bigger in your mind than the Living God, the Lord of Hosts that David knows?  What is God doing in your life to expose those lies so they can be replaced with truth? Who can you talk to about that today?

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