Put Down Those Carnal Weapons!

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal.

The Bible tells us that we are in a spiritual war. Not only with the devil but with our flesh or carnal nature. In order to fight that war we need supernatural weapons.

Ephesians 6 tells us that faith, truth, righteousness, salvation, the word of God , proclaiming the gospel and prayer are our weapons of war that are mighty through God to take down all enemy devices.

However, many times we try to use carnal weapons to fight a spiritual war. This strategy will always lead us to failure.

Let’s look at some of our carnal weapons so we will then be able to put our lives into proper perspective.

“When things get tough the tough get going.” Sounds like a plan right? Wrong. Bad plan. The Bible says that when we are weak then God can be strong on our behalf.

Recognizing our human limitations is the best way to come to a victory. When we acknowledge our inability, our weakness, our ignorance and humble ourselves before the Lord asking for his help in the situation we are always going to get the victory.

Oh, it may not come in the way that we expect because our pea brains don’t know what’s good for us but God knows. He has a plan. A master plan.

If we trust in our own directive we are sure to fall off a cliff but trusting in the Lord will bring us to the place that we need to be.

“It’s my way or the hyway.” Sounds like a plan? Yeah, I don’t think so. Self sufficiency always goes hand in hand with pride and we know where pride leads. Not a good place.

The key to conquering self will is to surrender to the Lord. But it’s too hard you may say. You don’t know my situation!

True but I do know one thing and that’s that the Lord knows your situation and he says in his word that nothing is impossible to those who put their trust in him.

So give up ! Toss aside the carnal weapon of self will and stubborn pride! Instead seek the Lord in prayer. He will always change the bad places into blessed places. God has promised and he never breaks a promise.

What about worry and fear? What carnal weapon do we use?

If you look at the Bible it clearly says fear and worry come from a lack of faith in God. Bottom line. I’m not going to soft soap it for you.

What about God’s remedy? Its reading the word to build up our faith. Seeking the Lord till he pours out his Holy Spirit power on you and delivers you. Basking in worship till you feel like a marshmallow. Sound like a plan? It is for those who choose to trust in the Lord above their circumstance or feelings.

The world will give you all kinds of carnal weapons to use in the day of trouble but God says that those who put there trust in him will never be disappointed. So who are you going to believe?

“I can handle this! ” I don’t know about you but that one never worked for me. If my hand’s in it …yeah…a flop.

God’s word tells us that if we put our plans aside and seek his wisdom to lead us then we will have success. Our ways are not God’s ways the bible says. What seems like a genius plan to us may not be to God and unless God builds our house it will end up sinking into the sand.

“I’ll show them ! “

Putting some one in their place usually ends up with me on my backside. I don’t recommend it.

Leaving vengeance to the Lord however will eventually lead us to coming out on top. Being the head is much better than being the tail.

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal weapons. They don’t work. Carnal weapons will always lead to disaster. It is written. It is written.

So put down your carnal weapons ! Take up the shield of faith, pray in the Holy Spirit and stand in the power of the Lord’s might. Stand on God’s word and you will be guaranteed the victory!

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SET FREE

Romans chapter 6 explains that now that Christians have been set free from the bondage of sin we have now become servants of righteousness. 
This is not something many Christians like to hear. 

Remember that Paul is talking from the perspective of the Roman Empire. There was no such thing as a servant who could come and go as he pleased. The servant was the property of his master. He had no individual rights. Jesus said in scriptures that whoever you obey or take your orders from is your Lord. 

Let us examine Romans chapter 6 which says that because we have been bought with a price we are now to live in a way that glorifies God. We are no longer to serve sin but rather from our new born again natures we are called to serve the Lord. 
Christians have been purchased by God. That means bought or redeemed. 
God paid the randsom through Jesus. He bought us back from another master. 
In other words the life of Jesus was given to redeem us from being the property of Satan in captivity to his corruption of the fallen nature. We now have being given another master. 

Having been bought by God through the redemption of Jesus Christ we are now called to submit to God.  When we Obey God we walk in his blessings but when we do not obey or yield to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the word of God we fall back under the curse of the law. Then Satan can cause havoc in our life. Grace does not abound to those who continue to live in sin. Grace leads to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. If some one is continuing to live in sin then it is evident who their Lord is. 

Being made free from sin we are now called to be servants of righteousness. This means that we are serving in newness of life and have a new master. 
Our lives like a mirror reflect who we belong to. If we live according to the dictates of the Holy Spirit through the word of God being separate from the world system we are revealing that we are servants of God. Continuing to live a life of sin and worldliness reveal that we are really a slave of the darkness. 

Romans 6

  1. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
    2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
    3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
    4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
    5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
    6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
    7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
    8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
    9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
    10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
    11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
    13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
    14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
    15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
    16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
    17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
    18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
    19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
    20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
    21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
    22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
    23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Grace Abounds

Grace abounds to the sinner to bring salvation but when one is saved grace then has another job. Grace sanctifies.

Scriptures tell us that God’s grace which brought us salvation also teaches us that we should deny ungodliness. That is, we should refuse any kind of wickedness.

Grace teaches us by the Holy Spirit to refuse worldly lusts or desires of this world. What are these desires that we are to refuse? Any affections which are associated with this world system such as worldly aspirations, worldly ideologies, worldly habits, worldly sensuality. Worldly in fact is anything contrary to the word of God that claims our due attention and distracts us from doing God’s will for our lives.( Titus 2:11,12)

God’s grace also teaches us to live soberly. To be sober means to be of sound mind. This includes being free of addictions or any thing that causes us to not have our full faculties.

God’s grace teaches us to live righteously. That is to be just and upright; morally right and fair in our lifestyle, honorable, to keep our word. To be Honest in all things.

God’s grace teaches us to be godly. That is to be God fearing, prayerful, holy and faithfully devoted to spiritual things.

God’s grace teaches us to keep our eyes on Jesus and eternity for we have been saved from wickedness, sin, corruption and made new in Christ to be zealous; passionate, enthusiastically doing good works that each of us has been called to do as peculiar or special people of God.

Titus 2

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Grace not only saves by the unmerited mercy of God but Grace sanctifies by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus not only saved us from our sins but he has defeated the power of sin. (Romans 6)

When we yield to God’s sanctitying grace we are kept by his grace from the power of sin. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

Sin cannot rule over a blood bought redeemed child of God because the blood of Jesus has power to save from sin to the uttermost.

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