Does it ever feel like we live in a battle? As if we are constantly being pressed in from every side by evil and temptation? If so, it’s because we are. Though this world is wonderful and I’m grateful to be alive, it’s not our home. The Kingdom of God should be our goal.
Paul comes across frustrated and disappointed in these chapters. He spends time defending his ministry, the work he has done for Corinth and pointing out false teachers to the church.
In the midst of this I love what Paul says in verses 3-5 of Chapter 10.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,”. – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV
Often we find ourselves as churches fighting amongst ourselves. We battle one another rather than the evil one. There is a spiritual battle raging around us that we often never notice, but it shows itself all too often. May we remember that it’s not just what we see on the surface. There is a battle of cosmic proportions raging around us even today. Satan wants to divide us, break us down and leave us in our shame and doubt. May we, “take every thought captive,” and live today in the power and freedom of the resurrected Christ.