Divine Weapons

I want every thought I have to be taken captive to the obedience of Christ, but unfortunately…

“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, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

 Destroying strongholds with weapons of divine power.

 The battle of my sin, those strongholds that still exist in me, will be ongoing for as long as I’m alive. When I conquer one, another is soon revealed, and it always seems that the next stronghold requires even more divine power to destroy it.

 Sanctification is painful, but necessary. I don’t want to slow the process. I believe I do far too often.

 Discouragement and fear can overtake me. There are times when I don’t seem to notice they’re threatening to envelop me until I am nearly covered. I am on low ground in my soul when this happens. I am not in the heights with Christ. I am not thinking of His love, His truth. I am not praising Him for all things He brings to my life that are for my good.

 I want to be so trusting of Him, and of His plan, that I never worry, or dare to attempt anything in my own human efforts. I want to wage war with those divine weapons only…faith, prayer, fasting, the Word, praise, etc.

 I have moments when I resent nearly everything. I resent my medicine.  I resent the humidity. I resent life. I want an easy path. When I feel this way, I am really just resenting God’s will…cheapening my own sacred life experience, my destiny. He has given me the best path possible for me. I can trust that it will help me grow in Him, offer me an opportunity to walk in good works, and become so conformed to His image that I am simply hidden and the glory is all His.

 I want to wake up every morning, consecrate the day to Him, and thank Him for all that is in my life, all the blessings and trials that stretch and strengthen. I don’t do that enough.

 I want to fear only Him, but sometimes I fear only His plan for me. I fear men. I fear my own lack of belief and knowledge. Most of all, I fear that He will take everything from me. And yet, this is also the deepest desire of my soul, that I would give Him everything. Life as a believer is really a life of contradiction…one of two natures constantly battling one another, and so there’s no room for fleshly warfare…only divine weapons will do.

 This is a cry to be more like Jesus and to react to the challenges of life in a thankful manner. I want to be disciplined, and remember how He has loved me and brought me out of my sin.  I want to be brave.  I do not want to be afraid of embracing my destiny with a whole heart. His will, no matter where it may lead, is always the best…not just good enough, but the best. I want to be so full of faith that I never question or doubt His plan, but that I always have a sound view of my place in His economy.

Yes, this is a prayer.

 So, I pray that I do not hinder the process of sanctification too much or too often. I pray that I remain grateful for everything that He determines is necessary to bring my way so that I may be useful to Him…to His Kingdom.  I desire to be fully submitted to His plan so that He will receive ultimate glory. I want to be a soldier loyal to her King no matter what the cost.

I want a grateful heart.  I don’t want to just look on the sunny side, or be satisfied with a superficial sentimental outlook. I want to move forward soberly, deeply trusting in God and walking in faith…waiting in faith.

 I am extremely grateful for His grace, because my desires and actions do not always harmonize. I am thankful that He continues to examine my heart, lead, and discipline me, even when I am resistant and undeserving. 

And so I press on in hope and prayer…

The Lord bless all who read here.

~ by dyingtoproduce on August 29, 2010.

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