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“By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away! I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have the divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.”

2 Corinthians 10:1-6

Introduction

In Ephesians 6 Paul instructs us to stand firm and put on the whole armor of God. However, if we do not understand the reality that we are in a war, we may not see the need to stand firm, much less to put on the armor of God. In 2 Corinthians 10:1-6, Paul explains in his letter to the Church at Corinth about the reality of the spiritual war that we are in. He was speaking to a group of people who were challenging his ministry. He helps us see that although we live in a physical world, our warfare and the weapons we fight with are different.

Prayer

Lord, I take a moment right now to clear my heart and mind before I spend time in Your Word. I pray that as I read Your Word today, You will help me to understand and see that the war I fight every day is spiritual, but my weapons are not of this world. I invite You into this time, Lord. Speak to me and help me to become more like You.

Questions from today’s reading:

  • How does Paul expect he will have to be towards those who think we live by the world’s standards?
  • According to Paul, how does living in the world affect the way we fight?
  • Where do the weapons we fight with come from?
  • What do the weapons we fight with accomplish?

Applications from today’s reading:

  • Write down an experience you had in life where you showed up to a situation or job with the wrong tools.
    • How did your ill-preparedness impact your effectiveness in accomplishing what you set out to do?
  • For us to be able to stand firm in the armor of God, we must understand the importance and magnitude of the war we are in.
  • When Paul was speaking about the weapons of the world, he was referring back to 2 Corinthians 1:26 and 1 Corinthians 2:1.
    • These weapons are things such as learning, personal influence, impressive credentials, rhetorical polish, etc (Bible Knowledge Commentary)
    • Have you ever entered a spiritual battle trying to fight with these weapons?
  • Our weapons that Paul references are the Word of God and prayer.
    • What strongholds are in your life that you haven’t defeated because you’re fighting with worldly weapons?
  • When we can identify our enemy, we have the upper hand to stand firm in the battle, through the armor of God.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for this time I had together with You today and the opportunity to seek You. Thank You for helping me to see that the weapons you have given me are not of this world. I pray that as we study the armor of God, You will help me to have the strength to stand and to be equipped to stand firm in the battle, every day. Help me to be a light and a witness for Your name with every person I come in contact with today.

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