March 10, 2019
In the book of 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 we can find some terminology about war:
a. “…we don’t fight…” (2 Corinthians 10:3) is written in Greek: Strateúomai, which means: fight like a soldier in war, enter into a spiritual warfare.
b. “…weapons (we)…” (2 Corinthians 10:4) is written in Greek: Hoplon, which can be interpreted as weapons used in war – especially weapons to attack opponents.
c. “…(destroy) strong places…” (2 Corinthians 10:4) is written in Greek: Ochurōma, which means: anything that can be used by someone to hold on to where he stands, an argument/reason that he uses for protection/justification and also to attack his opponents.
d. “…casting down…” (2 Cor 10:5), written in Greek: Kathairéō, which means: to destroy, leave nothing to stand.
The war that we discuss here is not directed to evil spirits/devils, but it is about imagination, argumentation, logic, or mental perception which makes someone become boastful and arrogant.
Paul emphasised that the ‘weapon’ he used to fight ‘strong holds / strong places” (imagination, argumentation, logic/mental perception which make someone reject / stand against the knowledge of God), is a spiritual weapon that equipped with God’s power (has the power to influence, to overcome whatever someone uses to ‘stand against the knowledge of God). It will also bring that person to obey the mind of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
1. The effort to convince people to live in truth and obey the mind of Christ is a spiritual warfare
Someone’s imagination, argumentation, logic/mental perception about himself is a product of formation that occurs in the spirit realm. If the ‘spiritual moulding’ comes from the spirits of the world, it means that his imagination, logic, argumentation/perception (ILAP) in daily life will manifest the work of the spirit of the world. On the other hand, of the ‘spiritual moulding’ comes from the work of the word and the Spirit, then his ‘ILAP’ will manifest the kingdom’s divinity/glory!
The action to dismantle the ‘ILAP’, products of the spirit of the world, to become the ‘ILAP’ that comes from the work of the word and the Spirit is spiritual warfare. If we can dismantle the ‘ILAP’ that comes from the spirit of the world, God can easily use us to overcome the work of the enemy in our daily lives!
2. Paul used the key of the kingdom: To bind and to loose with words from his mouth to destroy all ‘ILAP’ as the product of the spirits of the world and also bring the person to live in truth and obey the mind of Christ (Matthew 16:19; 18:18-20).
Taking authority over the life of people who is controlled by evil’s deception and to release the work of the word and the Spirit over their lives, is a spiritual war that we must do for the ones we love. Our actions (prayers) will cleanse their lives from evil’s influence/deception and at the same time give a chance for the word and the Spirit to work; to influence and to change their lives!
Although often our prayer (to bind and to loose) does not immediately bring up results, but that does not mean that there is no result! We have to be persistence in changing someone’s life (Luke 18:1-8). Sometimes we have to be in ‘pain’ to bring our love ones to experience ‘new born’, to make sure Christ is formed in their daily lives (the one we pray for) (Galatians 4:19).
Believe, our prayer for our loved ones are never in vain! Even though God hasn’t answered our prayer for them, but we have to believe that our prayer is never in vain! Every prayer will contribute to the conversion/change of someone’s life. So, keep believing and praying!
Ps. Steven Agustinus