November – From the Pastor’s keyboard

Dear Church Family,

Our Tuesday morning prayer has been going through the books of Corinthians. Paul has had a lot to say about a lot of subjects.  But one thing seems to have stuck in my mind more than any other of the subjects we have looked at. He was talking to people in a town that had a lot of military men in it and therefore the church could certainly have had some of those men in the crowd. Paul uses the language of the military to explain something of great importance. In 2 Cor. 10:3 “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 (military places of protection).” There is a war going on, but we do not fight like normal, with knives, guns, or swords, but we fight with the divine power. Wow that is great! We have divine weapons. But the question is what is this weapon used on? The answer comes in the next verse. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that set itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Arguments are reasoning’s that are not Godly. Pretensions are literally high things lifting themselves up, like barriers, or presumptions. So every reasoning, presumption, and thought is to be submitted in obedience to God and if they are not, then they are strongholds that need to be pulled down through prayer. As we look to ourselves and others we need to pray about those things that are not in harmony with God’s word, and His thoughts. This is what Paul means by using divine weapons against strongholds. .

Here is an opportunity to add to your prayer life. We can pray for more than about sickness and protection, to praying for anything in the minds of everyone that stands in opposition to God, that they be pulled down, removed, and crushed, so that God may enter into the mind of everyone. Herein lies the secret to having the mind of Christ. Pray sincerely, works faithfully, and stand in the word of God. Have a great month!

Love and Prayers,

   Pastor Ballard

 

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