The Big Fight (What Weapons We Have)

Ever heard, choose your battle? 

 There are plenty of battles worth fighting…

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. 

But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. 

The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture

We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ

Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
2 Corinthians 10:3‭-‬6 MSG

http://bible.com/97/2co.10.3-6.MSG

Our fight, our battle, our war, is not against flesh & blood.

May the love of Christ radiate through us continually as we mature in Him.

Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. “Honor your father and mother” is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, “so you will live well and have a long life.” 

Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master. 

Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God. Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free. 

Masters, it’s the same with you. No abuse, please, and no threats. You and your servants are both under the same Master in heaven. He makes no distinction between you and them. 

And that about wraps it up. 

God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. 

This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. 

This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. 

Be prepared. 

You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. 

Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. 

Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words.  Learn how to apply them

You’ll need them throughout your life. 

God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. 

In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. 

Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. K

eep your eyes open. 

Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. And don’t forget to pray for me. Pray that I’ll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message that I, jailbird preacher that I am, am responsible for getting out.

-Ephesians 6:1‭-‬20 MSG

http://bible.com/97/eph.6.1-20.MSG

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