Christians fail, and the Church fails, when the wrong weapons are used. Failure is written across the shattered efforts of millions who name the name of Christ because they were unaware of the nature of the warfare in which they were engaged, or because they tried to contend using the natural weapons of this world rather than the supernatural ones God provides.
As to the nature of the warfare, the Apostle Paul says, “Our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organizations and powers that are spiritual. We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil” (Eph. 6:12, Phillips).
Even though we may recognize that the struggle in which we are engaged is spiritual, we so often sally forth with man-designed weapons. And so often we fail miserably!
Recognizing this tendency to fight the Lord’s battles with the arm of flesh, the Apostle Paul warns us, “Though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3–5).
No wonder we fail! We answer human arguments with human arguments; we meet organizations with organizations of our own, and worldly power with equally worldly methods; we oppose the wisdom of this world with wisdom of the same sort—anything that human ingenuity can devise with seemingly equal ingenuity. And we get nowhere!
The battle in which we are engaged is a spiritual battle for the minds of men, and there is no human wisdom by which we can win that battle.
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