This is what God gave me today in His word:
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, (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
Though we “walk in the flesh,” i.e. though we still have flesh and bone, and thus are of Earth, we can’t defeat our enemies as the World does; with physical weapons. Rather, Christ has given us divine weapons, known commonly as the Bible and prayer, which are capable of defending our minds, and warding off nearly all attacks… To put it another way: if you’re thinking about Jesus’ agony on the Cross, you’re certainly not thinking about sinning. In that way, Jesus’ cross is a shield around our minds. As Paul says:
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)
Our helmet, the thing which protects our heads, and thus our minds, is salvation. We are to be constantly thinking of Jesus, and His suffering for us. He should be the focus of our lives. Yet, as we’re, as Paul pointed out earlier, still walking in the flesh, it’s impossible to always be thinking of Jesus. In fact, it’s difficult to do in even some of the time… And that’s where, “but God gives more grace,” is possibly most helpful.
Yes, we should be thinking of what Christ has done for us, but God knows that our pathetic, tiny little human minds are incapable of doing so for very long. Which is where he gives His grace and strength; grace for when we fall during that time, and strength to help us resist temptation. But the only time when we’re truly protected, is when we’re mediating on God’s word; on our Salvation, and how Jesus brought it about (i.e. through His death).
“But,” one may say, “what if I’ve already got sin struggles, and not only need to protect myself, but to also rid myself of the thought strongholds I already have? What do I do then?”
That’s where the other half of the above verse in Ephesians comes in; where the Sword of the Spirit comes in. A sword is both a defensive and offensive tool, a Christian is to use His sword, the Bible, in both ways. i.e. Scripture tells us how to be free from every sort of temptation; by, as previously mentioned, focusing on Jesus. And, in addition to that, by going to other Christians and getting help from them, and by prayer. The big threes in the Christian life:
- The Bible
- Christian Comrades
God’s given us these divine tools for one reason: to use them! To use the Bible to understand how we’re to live our lives, as well as several other things. To seek help from fellow Christians. And to pray to Him for strength, and His power.
You are Loved!