Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.
1 Timothy 6:10 (MSG)
The matter of spiritual warfare is not just some ideological exercise we come up with to explain our difficulties. A gruesome being does exist whose sinister plans are targeted to steal, kill, and destroy; to undermine the beauty of God’s purpose; and to exalt himself above everything else that is called God.
With regard to the issue of spiritual warfare, let’s fix it in our mind—the stuff we go through is not simply because there is something inept or wrong with us. Not-withstanding all of our imperfections and inadequacies, the basic issue is that there is an adversary seeking to intrude upon the peacefulness of your home, seeking to divide the team of people God has given the church for ministry, seeking to bring hellishness into our lives. Satan’s effort to abort God’s purpose in your own resolve will begin at this point.
3 For though we walk in the De er markedsledende nar det gjelder spilleautomater pa nett, og de har utviklet spennende, morsomme spill med en unik opplevelse over mange ar. flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (NASB)
The word speculations in this text has its root in the ancient Greek schools of philosophy where, after a person would pose their proposition, others would try to argue against it by breaking it down point by point. It’s related to the idea of something being erased, to wear down a proposition until it no longer exists. This constant friction would be like erasing pencil marks on paper over and over again until you finally tore through the paper.
This concept of dismantling the essence of an argument is at the root of this idea of spiritual warfare when it says destroying speculations. There is an enterprise of the adversary that begins at the rational level, arguing against the case of God’s purpose in you. Disputing the value that God places on your ministry. Contending against the substance of your commitment and against the possibility of the vision or dream that was placed in your heart ever being fulfilled.
Spiritual warfare does not take place in the recitation of neat little phrases or religious statements. It is prayer with passion, into praise, invoking the victory of Calvary, and the triumph of Jesus is established in your moment.
Spiritual warfare is a real issue. It was that struggle with passion at Calvary that laid the grounds for us to draw on its power and apply it to the isolated private personal circumstances of our lives. If we do not, the triumph of Calvary hasn’t been brought to bear upon that situation.