Fighting with Words

3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 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.   2 Corinthians 10

In the previous post, I talked about the danger of self pity in the “fight” for righteousness and health in life. The above verse from 2 Corinthians is one of my favorite word pictures of what spiritual battle looks like. Chemical warfare or advanced arms is not what conquers and defeats the strongholds of the heart and mind. Our weapon is the Sword of the Spirit, the very Word of God. This word is the truth found in the Scriptures, but it is also the living presence of the One named the Word of God, whose presence lives inside those who love Him.

There is an exhortation in Peter about words- “Let the one who speaks speak the very words of God.” 

I love this short phrase, with it comes a hope and a severity. The hope comes when we speak words of life and truth to each other. The severity comes knowing that the power of life and death is in the tongue, and I can just as easily wound with words as I can heal.

Let us speak with love and with the power and authority that comes from being His children.

My Heavenly Papa is above every power and authority and there is power in His name to break every chain.

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