II Corinthians 10:1-5
By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away! 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 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.
We are in a spiritual warfare and in this fight you need to know what your weapons are, and how to use them (word of God, knowledge and truth, faith, authority in the name of Jesus and a life submitted to God). From reading Apostle Paul’s letter to the church of Corinth, he lets us know our weapons are not carnal, and it has nothing to do with the physical world we live in, but everything to do with the spiritual world around us. It is important we identify who the enemy is–and it’s not another physical person. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy according to John 10:10. He can be described as a thief that comes in the night, that sneaks into your home and takes your possessions. These ‘possessions’ can be peace, joy, happiness…but ultimately the purpose God has stored in you! You will never see a cunning thief coming or going, you just know that you have been robbed. Nowadays, it’s not a popular thing to talk about the enemy in the church anymore. I mean, wouldn’t you want to be forewarned of things that may harm you or your family? Wouldn’t you like to be given the tools to safeguard your home? I know I would like me and my family protected! It is important you are aware of the enemy because he comes after what you have and the things you have not yet come into. He fights by putting thoughts, ideas, and suggestions in your mind to get you off course. But I want you to say this with me, “I am the property of God, and he has to take his hands off me!”. Be encouraged and know that God has given you power to command things to shift in your favor and to put the devil under your feet! From today on forward, speak that you have “Victory in Total Recovery” from everything that was taken from you! Until next time my friend, be blessed.
-Bishop Clarence Langston