2 Corinthians 10
-Paul defends his ministry again towards the Corinthians here in the bulk of this chapter. He acknowledges some claims that he writes boldly to them while away, but is humble in their presence. He is making a case again for the power and authority of God rather than himself in his ministry. He recognizes the spiritual nature of his work in not waging war by his flesh. “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 Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).” Paul affirms that we are Christ’s and do our work through His strength as believers, which builds up not destroys (2 Corinthians 10:7-8). *Application* Spiritual warfare is serious business when we surrender to the call that the Lord has for our lives. When we start to move with the flow of His Spirit He will call us into a new level of obedience that will require difficult stands that are often unpopular with the world’s way of doing things. The enemy will rise up and fight for his territory when challenged, but remember we are on the side of spiritual authority in Christ and have the power through Him to accomplish great and Godly things! There is no doubt it is a war, so be always ready to engage in combat doing it with love for the destruction of evil!
-Paul talks some about his areas of influence and his dreams of moving into regions beyond where he had already gone with the gospel. *Application* Our boasts are in the Lord as a commended and approved soldier of the cross (1 Corinthians 1:31, 2 Corinthians 10:17-18, Galatians 6:14, 2 Timothy 2:3-4). Work in the areas that God has placed you with fervent passion and excel in what He has called you to do. Don’t grow weary in well doing for in due season you will reap what you sow (2 Corinthians 9:6, Galatians 6:7-9).
Verses to Memorize- 2 Corinthians 10:4-5