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“For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Cor 10:3-5)

Paul informs us that a spiritual war is not fought with the same modes and methods as a physical one. He outlines the mental and spiritual elements of cosmic conflict, while contrasting them with the weapons of the flesh. One of the premiere examples given to us in Scripture is the use of words—in particular, God’s Word.  In 2 Thessalonians 2:8, Paul writes that, “the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of His mouth.” In so doing, there is a conquering power given to Divine Utterances, and a premium on the effect of Jesus speaking. John continues this line of reasoning by remarking that, “from His mouth proceeds a sharp sword with which to strike down nations.”  We are engaged in a war every second of every day. A war of words.

Though this “war of the words” paradigm may seem quite strange at first glance, I think it fits snuggly into Christian theology. For instance, was it not by words that God created the entire cosmos and all that is in it? Was it not through words that Satan was able to corrupt our plane through the temptation of Eve? Was it not through words that Moses was able to intercede on behalf of the Hebrews (Exodus 32; Psalm 106:23)? Was it not through words that Samuel interceded on the behalf of Saul (1 Samuel 12; Jeremiah 15:1)?

Today we are engaged in this same war of the words that has raged through our universe for millennia. Our choices and actions affect the outcome of this war. Christian soldiers, it is high time that we engage in this conflict. Over the next several months we will examine how, but for now we must remind ourselves that pur words matter. Choose them carefully.

In the war of words there are the conquerors and the conquered, which will we be?

~  Bishop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Good morning!

Once again, I’m happy that all of you are here this morning! As you read this, I am likely in Henderson, Tennessee for the annual FHU Lectureship. I look forward to seeing you in person again this time next week! It’s always an encouraging thought to know that, though I’m 716 miles away, we’re both worshipping the same God on the same day. Though we’re apart, we’re all part of the same family.

It’s hard to believe we are already a month into this New Year. It seems like every February, I have that overwhelming feeling that time really goes by too quickly. I want to express what we discussed last Sunday at our youth devotional. Often in our New Year, we discuss new beginnings and how, if the last year was not our best, we can “turn over a new leaf” this New Year. Well, now we’re 1/12 into the year 2014, and my guess is we’ve all fallen to a sin or temptation at some point. We’ve all proved that we aren’t perfect. Luckily, God does not measure time in years, months, weeks, etc. like we do. We always have the opportunity to change for the better.

David, after being confronted by Nathan for his sin with Bathsheba, wrote the 51st Psalm. In verses 10-12, he prays this: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

We, like David, can and should pray this prayer. Unfortunately, we are imperfect. We have a Heavenly Father who understands that, and sent his perfect Son to die for us, so that we have a chance to come back to him, have our hearts made clean, and have our spirits renewed, not at the start of each new year, but whenever it is needed. Isn’t it a blessing to be a child of God?!