For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;
2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV
Have you ever encountered that person who seemingly just “can’t”? Many toddlers sound like that. They give up too quickly and we help them break the habit of saying, “I can’t”. It makes you wonder whether some Kingdom Men have grown up. Whether they know they must spend time with Jesus to grow up and leave childish thinking behind, or not depend on their own reasoning and what might makes sense to them. It’s been said, though often improperly applied, where reason begins, faith ends.
When talking about sin and the strong holds it places on us, we find ourselves jumping to phrases like “can’t seem to break this habit” or “this is my one vice in life” or “there’s just no way that can happen” etc. These phrases are rooted in sin and often evolve over time. Why is that? Perhaps one sin supplants another and we never break strongholds, the true sin. We simply medicate in a cycle of defeat or a cycle of unbelief; but with a new sin habit. Even good men like Zacharias learned the power of unbelief (Luke 1:18-25).
We often continue feeling sorry for ourselves by reason of unbelief contradicting God’s word by lying to ourselves (Psalm 40:4). We’re great at tiptoeing around sin. We dress it down by calling it a disease or something else. But wait! Is the Christ we claim to put our faith and trust in the same God that loves and forgives? Unbelief is the ultimate denial of God’s Power and the gravest of sins and takes Him off the throne; think about that one. J.C. Ryle said, “watch and pray daily against this soul-ruining sin. Concessions to it rob believers of their inward peace, and weaken their hands in the day of battle”.
Kingdom Man, do you truly believe, even if His way doesn’t make sense? He has given you His blood to overcome sin. Further, it comes with some weapons for defense and prevention, so that we succeed in His will for our lives. Kingdom Man, where’s your spiritual fire? Throw that thick book of lies you continue to tell yourself into it.
You will get knocked down. He’s the solid rock, get back on it (Psalm 40:2). As a soldier in God’s army, stand up for one day you will boldly wear the crown of life. Remember all He’s done for you! (Psalm 40:5) Humble yourself before Him today! What are these weapons we mentioned?:
- The Word of God – Ephesians 6:17
- Prayer – Ephesians 6:18
- Worship – 2 Chronicles 20:22-23
- Submit and Confess to Jesus – Philippians 2:9-11
- Fasting – Isaiah 58:6
- Testify – Revelation 12:11
- Being Thankful – Philippians 4:6-7
- Edification – Hebrews 3:12-13
There you go. You have the weapons Kingdom Man, and you must use them, and you must spend time with Him, and you must repent.
“Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power, are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?”
If so, ask yourself this: “Is the most striking thing about you that you have ‘been with Jesus’?” – J.C. Ryle
Daily Battle Order:
Read Psalm 40 in its entirety. Repent. Do something for Jesus and someone else. The inward focus and self-pity is conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman in God’s Army. Above all, remember this, He first Loved you. George Strait once wrote, “daddies don’t just love their children every now and then, It’s a love without end, amen”.
Tomorrow we will discuss the “Real War” taking place: what it is, what it means, and what it’s all about. Keep reading. The Bible is fascinating with wars on every plane of every realm, spying, recon missions, murderers transformed into missionaries, etc., and it gets better and better every time you open it.