May 5 Suitable Weapons

scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 10:3–4
key verse: 2 Corinthians 10:3

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

You don’t have to be a hunter to know that you can’t kill a grizzly bear with a popgun. Success in any conflict requires using weapons suitable to the task.

Second Corinthians 10:3–4 applies this principle in the spiritual realm: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses” (nasb).

The mighty arsenal described in Ephesians 6 is the only sure defense against the onslaughts of Satan and a sinful world. When you reach for other means of protection, you lose the fight and possibly make yourself even more vulnerable to attack.

In dealing with rocky relationships, do you put on the sandals of peace, or do you attempt manipulation and harmful compromise?

When you confront lies, do you use God’s girdle of truth or the authority of people?

For times of temptation, are you covered by the shield of faith or by rationalization?

When emotions overpower you, do you adjust them with the breastplate of righteousness or with aggression and uncontrolled outbursts?

The choice you make in each encounter decides the outcome. Learn how to take up the arms God provides; He gives the victory every time.

The weapons of my warfare are powerful, Lord. Help me use them instead of fighting spiritual battles in my own strength.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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