II Corinthians 10:3-5 - “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. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
These verses in II Corinthians speak volumes of how we should communicate, not only in our marriage, but also in all other relationships. I want to look at them verse by verse to show you what I mean.
Vs. 3 -“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.” How does the world wage war? All war starts with words of pride and arrogance and leads to fleshly battles if not controlled. The world tells us to speak what is on our mind no matter how offensive it may sound. Pride and arrogance are often permissible, if not admired in our society, for worldy success. They have started every war throughout history and fuel wars between families and friends that sometimes end with physical harm or even death.
Vs. 4 -“ The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.” Paul is talking about our fight against spiritual warfare. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Spiritual warfare is waged by the devil and his minions.
Ephesians continues to talk about putting on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. The armor of God is the weapon we use to fight spiritual warfare.
The armor of God, found in Ephesians 6:14-17, tells us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of TRUTH buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of PEACE….Take up the shield of FAITH with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of SALVATION and the sword of the SPIRIT, which is the WORD OF GOD.” Verse 18 adds to it, “And PRAY in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
This is what we need to know and do in order to survive on this planet as humans. If we try to live according to the ways of the world, we will crash and jeopardize our eternal life. Realizing the spiritual battle going on and knowing how to deal with it is a surefire way to success. Learn what it means to put on the armor of God and do it every day! (More about that later.)
Vs. 4b - “On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” The Greek word for stronghold means fortress. In Biblical terms, a stronghold is a metaphor that represents things based only on human confidence or pride, in opposition to those that rely on input and guidance from God. A stronghold can be any incorrect thinking we have learned in the past, that we hold on to and believe. It can affect our logic and rational thinking and our method of communication. It can affect our relationship with God and those we love. Only our spiritual weapons, with the help of God, can destroy strongholds.
To be continued on next posting…