2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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.
My sons who are in (have been in) the military are adept at using weapons, but they have gone through intense training on how to use each one to bring down an enemy. I can’t imagine the military letting their enlistees run around, willy-nilly, with weapons they know nothing about. How insane would that be?
I think the Christian life is the same. We have amazing spiritual weapons that are at our disposal but we must learn how to use them against our enemy. The weapon of “taking thoughts captive” is a powerful tool of the Spirit.
I was curious as to what pretension meant and how it sets itself up against the knowledge of God —
pretension – a claim or the assertion of a claim to something
I believe the enemy has laid claim to some things that are clearly not his. Disguised as light and knowledge, he would like nothing more than to keep a prodigal in the dark regarding what God says and believes about their future. God has given us the weapons we need to take back thoughts that set themselves up as a barrier to Him. That’s why it’s so important for a prodigal to be reminded of who God says they are and what they have in Him. It’s ammunition against the schemes of the enemy.
As I pray this verse over a prodigal, I visualize a mighty warrior (or soldier) who has a great arsenal of weapons. They not only possess these weapons but also know how to use them to shoot down every argument of their enemy and destroy every claim he thinks he has on their life.
Let’s use some spiritual weapons to go to battle for our prodigal today as well!
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though ______ lives in the world, he/she does not wage war as the world does. The weapons ______ fights with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. ______ demolishes arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and ______ takes captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.