2 Corinthians 10:1–6

‘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 divine power to demolish strongholds.’(vv3–4)

War is devastating. Bertrand Russell, a lifetime pacifist, wrote, ‘Either Man will abolish war, or war will abolish Man.’ It can prove controversial to adopt the language of warfare in reference to our walk with God, yet Scripture makes it plain that we are in the battle of our lives. Whilst assured that the final battle with Satan is won through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can become unwittingly outmanoeuvred by the forces of Satan as they seek to make incursions and disrupt our discipleship through attacking our supply lines, preventing us from fulfilling God’s call in our lives. 

This unseen battle that seeks to fill the public square with proposals that demolish the substance of our gospel are intended as far more than a simple exchange of ideas. Any thought that we’re continuously emerging from a neanderthal battle for human survival through the development of our intellectual understanding and our social refinement is Satan’s perennial attempt to blind the unbelievers (2 Cor. 4:4). 

Of course, we all struggle with disbelief in part, at which point the Christian disciple

is vulnerable to myopia at best, blindness at worst. There is a need to recover an understanding of biblical cosmology and divine rule if we are to stand any chance of collaborating in God’s mission to make Christ known to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8) and prepare for His return.

SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Gen. 3:13–15; Isa. 14:12–17; Luke 10:17–24; 1 Cor. 1:18–25.

AN ACTION TO TAKE: First, we must understand our enemy, then we will need to join the fight to demolish every stronghold that resists the will of God. Ready for your marching orders?

A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, help me to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. Amen.’ (2 Cor. 10:5)

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Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.