Read: 2 Corinthians 9-10
Think: Have you ever been driving along a street you’ve been down a bazillion times, and notice a house you’ve never seen before? This happened to me the other day. It was so weird. I had seriously been down this certain road hundreds of times, but must have been paying extra close attention this last time and noticed a house. I seriously even asked my husband, “Has that always been there?” He assured me it had. I just wasn’t paying attention.
All too often I find that I do the same thing with scripture. I’ve read 2 Corinthians 10:4 a thousand times, but I read it today and paused, backed up, and read it again. What did that just say? I know I’ve read it before, but I’m not sure I’ve payed real close attention to what is going on. Let’s take a deeper look at this verse.
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
Did you see that? It says we (being those who have allowed the Holy Spirit to take over our lives) have divine power (that is power from God) to demolish strongholds (that is to free what otherwise is in bondage). This is awesome! Because Christ lives in us, we have the power to demolish strongholds. A stronghold might be a horrible attitude we have because of hard words once spoken to us, or an addiction to gossip. It could even look like the constant need to be filled with the attention of a guy or girl. None of these things are helpful, and actually lead us down a path of destruction. But not so with Christ! In Christ we can stand up to these strongholds and say, “You are OVER!”
Why do we choose to continue living in sin when Jesus clearly offers us a way out? Why do we feel defeated when the truth of God’s word says He has overcome all evil. Is it because we are not paying attention to God’s promises? Clothe yourself with Christ Jesus and fight the strongholds in your life. There are no good excuses about having a natural tendency to worry or having a really hard situation that you just have to talk to everyone about (that’s gossip). Jesus provides a way of obedience if we will only accept his help and pay attention to what he will do through us!
Pray: Ask God to reveal to you areas where you are not paying attention. Pray that he gives you listening ears and open eyes to be able to pay attention to the great things he has for you!