Posted by: forfreedomalone | 21/03/2017

Most powerful weapon

Paul tells us, in 2 Corinthians 2:4, that the weapons of our warfare are not ‘carnal’, or ‘of the flesh’, but that they are ‘mighty through God’. Now, if we just stop there, in reading the verse, it gives us pause for thought.

Guns, tanks, nuclear bombs, are all ‘mighty’ I would have said. They can all do an enormous amount of damage, yet, Paul is saying the weapons which are ‘mighty’ are those we use. They are not of the flesh, but of God, but THEY are the weapons which are mighty. He doesn’t even bother to mention the weapons of the flesh which he has just dismissed.
The Corinthians were well aware of the might of fleshly weaponry as they lived under the Romans, so they were totally cognisant of the might Paul has just dismissed.

These mighty weapons, which we possess, Paul then tells us are mighty for the purpose of ‘pulling down strongholds’.

As the weapons are not of the flesh, it stands to reason, neither are the strongholds.
Fleshly weapons are required for fleshly strongholds, but spiritual weapons are required for spiritual strongholds.
So, next, Paul tells us what they are……reasoning.
The word Paul uses is, in Greek, logismos, which means, reasoning, thoughts, analaysis, computations.
Logos, the Greek word translated as, Word, is the root of logismos and means ‘the words spoken expressing the reasoning ‘.
So our weapons are a) not carnal, b) mighty, through God and c) directed against reasoning, analysis, computations and thoughts.
The purpose of our weapons is would seem, from what Paul tells us, is not the destruction of an enemy, but its capture, “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Can we use these weapons against others?
No. For one thing how do you take captive the thoughts another person has? And secondly, that is how fleshly weapons are used, they are directed at others.

No, these weapons are directed at ourselves.
They are for pulling down thoughts and ideas which exalt themselves above Jesus obedience; thoughts which would tell us we can live any way we please and we are still in God’s will, thoughts which tell us we are no longer under God’s protection because we are sinning, thoughts which say ANYTHING other than what God says.

It is my experience that the most powerful of those weapons is praise.
King David mentioned praise 162 times, in the Psalms, which is more than any other writer in the Bible.
David did not have a life of peace and ease. He was never-endingly in trouble, or in danger of losing his life at the hands of someone or other. Yet, he could praise God more than any writer.

2 Chronicles 20 tells us another story of the power of praise.
The children of Israel were surrounded by their enemies. They had little chance of winning the battles which would be required to be fought for their survival.
As they were gathered, fearful over what will happen next, the Spirit came up on a chap called, Jahaziel, who then prophesied, “Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s……….You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.”

Here we have an Old Testament version of “our weapons are not carnal, but spiritual”. They were to stand in the midst of their worst nightmare and not lift a figure.
So what were they to do?
God knows we need something to do when were fearful. Just standing watching the advance of our death is never going to be a good thing. He knows we are dust, he remembers how we are made and he know we are weak. Such an experience would have shattered what little faith they had, so, through his prophet, they are given something to do.

Praise.

“And when he (Jahaziel) had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, that they should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, “Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever”. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.” (2Chron 20:21 & 22)

When they praised, He acted.
The voices of his children lifted up in praise to “the beauty of holiness” resulted in his action on their behalf.

To praise the beauty of holiness, we need to know what the beauty is. We know this though the names, attributes and character of God. God is a covenant making and covenant keeping God. His Word is sure. He is the one who surrounds us completely and delivers us from all our enemies. He is the God who is our banner, to whom we can run and be safe. He is our healer and our provider, He is our shepherd who leads us into the safe places and He is our peace.
When they saw, understood and praised the nature and character of God, they were saved.
If you are in a situation today where you need God to fight for you, be still and praise him. It is the most powerful weapon in your arsenal.

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