07 Oct 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:4

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

2 Timothy 2:4

No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

Do you see yourself in the Christian life as a soldier involved in a war, or do you think of becoming a Christian as a kind of life insurance policy to be cashed in at the end? We are in a spiritual war between the Prince of peace and the prince of darkness. The battle is being waged in the hearts and minds of people and the stakes could not be higher; to those on God’s side – eternal life and to those on the devil’s side – eternal death. What scares me is that it seems as if Christian values are being attacked and are in a retreat across America. Moral perversion, broken families, a soaring crime rate, hatred and murder are rampant. We are losing the struggle for the hearts and minds of people; even being looked at as scary and dangerous. We must begin to do battle. First, we must take the Gospel out of the church building and into the marketplace. If we are going to do that, we must know our Bible. We must crown Jesus Lord of our lives. C.S. Lewis said, “There is one thing that Christianity cannot be; moderately important.” Timothy says, “No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs.” We must grow up in our faith. Stop allowing things to kill our joy, put on the armor of God and storm the gates of hell.