For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.” 2 Corinthians 10:3 KJV

During World War II, it is reported that Allied bombers carried machine guns in the nose, under the belly, on top, and in the rear of the plane. It was also reported that some people believed that the planes might actually be safer, fly higher and fly faster without the extra weight associated to the guns attached to the plane.  The pilots, however, thought differently. They wouldn't even consider flying and fighting without guns to shoot back and defend themselves. When you really think about it, we make the same choice when it comes to fighting our own battles. God says we don't need the guns... we can soar higher and faster with Him. For the scripture declares, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh”. 2 Cor. 10:3. The weapons our God makes available to us “….are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” 2 Cor. 10:4.

Unfortunately, too many of us choose not to use the weapons God has designed for us to use, but instead, we want to use our own weapons.  When we ought to fight with weapons like prayer, faith, love, perseverance, and determination, many of us rather shoot back and defend ourselves with arsenals of angry words, arduous attitudes, manipulative maneuvers, excessive excuses, and bombs of blame. But these are all fleshly weapons. It takes courage to stop using weapons of the flesh, “take up the shield of faith”, and arm ourselves with the weapons of God (Ephesians 6:16 NIV). It's the kind of faith David showed when he told Goliath, “You come against me with sword and spear... but I come against you in the name of the Lord” (1 Samuel 17:45 NIV). Stop fighting with your own weapons and let God's spiritual arsenal defend you; “He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him” (Proverbs 30:5 NIV). So stop fighting with your own weapons and learn to fight with His.

Rev. Dr. Major A. Stewart, Pastor

Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

Sunday, December 24, 2017