The Weapons of Our Warfare

Today’s reading is 2 Corinthians 10.

We are in a kingdom. Our king is Jesus. He is opposed to all other kings. The battle is on for domination of the world. However, our kingdom is different. We do not wage war according to the flesh. Sadly, this has been overlooked throughout the centuries. Perhaps the worst of these oversights was the Crusades. Then there were the holy wars during the Reformation years. Of course, there was the Inquisition. But is it any different today when churches mount political campaigns and try to mobilize social justice marches and movements to get the world to act like Christians are supposed to act? These may use voting booths instead of military offensives and sit ins instead of bombing raids, but they are still weapons of the flesh. We bring the gospel. Then we live by the gospel, holding those in Christ’s kingdom accountable to the gospel, and let the kingdoms of the world see what that looks like. These are our weapons. They worked in the first couple of centuries of Christianity. Let’s pick them up again.

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Corinthians 11.

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Let the Day of the Lord Govern Today

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 5.

Deliver such a one to Satan? Are you kidding me? That will not look good on us. He might claim we are abusing him. He might sue us. Our neighbors might think we are mean. Society might judge us as harsh and unloving. Yet, between now and the day of the Lord, he might just repent because of this action and on the day of the Lord his spirit will be saved instead of condemned. Not to mention, if the church doesn’t take this action between now and the day of the Lord, he will almost definitely lead others to sin and destruction. No doubt, delivering an impenitent sinner to Satan is painful and fraught with temporal, cultural, societal dangers today. But the Day of the Lord is coming. We need to let the Day of the Lord govern today. And, to be sure, Paul’s application in this chapter is only one of a myriad of arenas in which we need to let the Day of the Lord govern today. I get it, we are living in today, but today will be over in just a few hours. The Day of the Lord will linger forever once it comes. Don’t live for today; live for the Day of the Lord.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 6.

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Sowing for Life

Today’s reading is Galatians 6.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are the fruit of the Spirit. They are not the fruit of our intense efforts. We cannot manufacture these fruit. Rather, the Spirit blesses us with them and grows them in us. That being said, Paul continues his metaphor in this chapter and does demonstrate that while we cannot grow the fruit ourselves, we must plant the seeds. If we sow to the flesh, we will reap the works of the flesh and ultimately corruption and death. However, if we sow to the Spirit, we will reap the fruit that comes from the Spirit and ultimately life eternal. However, recognize growth of a seed takes time. Don’t expect to plant a seed today and tomorrow have mature fruit. Keep hanging on. Keep planting the seeds. In due time, the Spirit will grow the fruit.

Tomorrow’s reading is Ephesians 1.

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Help!

Today’s reading is Hebrews 2.

Why would I want to be anything other than a disciple of Jesus? Why would I want to do anything other than make disciples of Jesus? Who or what else in all of history has done for me what Jesus has? There is no help like the help of Jesus. He saw my need for help in the face of temptation, sin, and damnation. He didn’t just send an emissary or ambassador. He, Himself, left the throne room of heaven and came into the world to be like me. He became not only the one that can help me avoid sin when I’m tempted, but also the one who is the propitiation for the sins I have already committed. Everybody needs to know about this God. Who will I tell today?

Monday’s reading is Hebrews 3.

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Live for the Will of God

Today’s reading is 1 Peter 4.

So many of us fret and worry wondering, “What is God’s will for my life?” We wonder if that new feeling in our heart is God leading us somewhere or if that sudden circumstance is a sign of God’s pleasure or displeasure about some choice. Perhaps we’re barking up the wrong tree with that. Perhaps God’s will for our lives today isn’t about whether we choose to eat at McDonald’s or Burger King, or whether we choose to move out of state or stay put, or whether we choose to accept that new job or hang on to the old one, or whether we marry this person or that one. Perhaps God’s will is in whichever of these choices we make, we choose to live for God rather than for the passions of the flesh. We’ve already spent enough time pursuing those passions, today choose to surrender to God’s direction for godly conduct and behavior, then He will be able to use whatever other choices we make for His glory. Then we will be walking in God’s will for our lives without worry and fear that we are missing out on some secret plan God has for us.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Peter 5.

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Sow to the Spirit

Today’s reading is Galatians 6.

There is a war within us. The flesh wars against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. Which one will win? The one whose seeds we plant. If we are sowing fleshly seeds, we will reap corruption from the flesh. However, if we are sowing spiritual seeds, we will reap life. In Galatians, if we think a ritual like circumcision counts for something, we will end up in corruption. However, when we do what is good, allowing our faith to work in love, doing good to all and especially to the household of faith, we are sowing to the Spirit and will reap eternal life. Of course, let us always remember the greatest good we can do is to lead someone closer to Jesus, discipling them. Sow to the Spirit today and let the flesh be choked out.

Tomorrow’s reading is Ephesians 1.

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