I had to read this passage a few times this morning. It is full of powerful truth.
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. Look at what is before your eyes. If anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we. For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed. But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. 2 Corinthians 10:3-8, 13, 18
Think about it…
Through Jesus, we can destroy arguments and high opinions contrary to the knowledge of God. We can take every thought captive into the obedience of Christ – to not do so is disobedience.
I have read that many times, nevertheless, it rocked me –
To not be the prison guard of my thoughts, to allow the the unruly inmates to control me and not bring them before the Master, is a direct act of disobedience. Whoa!
We are not waging a physical war. No matter what our circumstances may seem to reveal, there is a battle raging in an unseen realm which requires divine weapons of warfare. We have those weapons in Christ Jesus!
But, let me remind myself …
We have access to divine Holy Spirit power to destroy the strongholds in our lives.
Paul tells me to look and see what is before my eyes, to have confidence in the One who saved me, the One who gives me strength, wisdom and skill – all so as to build others up and to glorify His name.
I can boast in Jesus and not be ashamed!
If we can grab the gravitas of this truth Paul boasted so surely in, what a difference it would make in not only our own lives, but in the world!