Archive for December 4th, 2010

2 Corinthians 10

2 Corinthians 10 describes the battle we are in.  Paul gets personal with the church and gets in their face.  He is making some strong statements to help them realize just how important this battle really is.  “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh”.  We are in a very real battle.  There is an enemy – a legion of enemies – poised to destroy us as Christ Followers.  His mission is defined – he is out to kill, steal and destroy – and the results are eternal.  But we are not defeated just because of a strong enemy.  In fact, Paul reminds us that “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds”.  This battle is not ours alone.  God is with us and will equip us to win.  We have the sword of the Spirit – the Word of God to help us defeat the enemy.

Of course having a weapon we don’t use isn’t of much value.  That is one of our struggles today as we do battle in our personal lives – we don’t know God’s Word which is our key offensive weapon.   We need to read it, hear it, study it, memorize it and meditate on it day and night.  But instead our Bibles collect dust on the shelf or are stuck away in the drawer.  We might pull them out on Sunday morning if we remember, but overall we are not learning and using God’s Word to win.  Paul reminds us that “we destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”.  Part of the battle is taking control of our minds – to focusing on truth rather htan the lies of the enemy.  We need to take captive every thought and focus on God’s truth!

Paul goes on to chastise folks for the way they compare themselves with each other.  Isn’t that how we live as human beings?  We want to be better than others so we compare.  Check out the folly of that process: “when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding”.   It isn’t what matters.  Being measured and compared with another is of no value.  Our comparison should be to compare ourselves with God’s plan for our lives.  Are we hitting the mark He has set?  Are we living up to the potential based on what He has entrusted to us?  As Paul tells the folks then “as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged”.  Does the teaching we hear and the truth we take in change our life – has the impact increased and the influence enlarged?  We need to measure ourselves against ourselves.  Have we grown as God desires, or are we still newborn babes that are not reaching our potential.  Here is the reality as Paul describes it: “For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends”.  It is only the Lord’s commendation that truly matters.  We may exceed every other person we want to measure ourselves against – but that does not give us true approval – that only comes from the Lord.  We need to seek His approval and be measuring ourselves with His yardstick.  That alone is our measure of success!

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