The Battle Is Not In The Flesh

Today’s Daily Devotion – January 13 2023

By Khai Samante

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV) Daily Devotion Scripture

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. — 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV)

We are limited as humans. Our default mode is to live a “fleshly” life, one that is motivated by our sinful desires. Paul admits to and describes his own human body’s limitations. He does not consider himself to be physically powerful or impressive. He understands that the battle is not in the flesh but in the spirit. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 NASB).

We will face various battles in life, and it is critical that we choose our battles wisely. We, like Paul, walk in flesh, but that doesn’t mean we should give in and walk according to the flesh. The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). The more we feed our minds with God’s Word, the more able we are to withstand spiritual warfare. His Word prepares us for every battle.

Are you ready to fight in the battle?

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