2 Corinthians 10:4,5,6  “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

     The finest weapon has such a keen edge that it cuts between the outer substances of our flesh, exposing and separating the innermost parts of our soul.  All of us have an inner battlefield where our inclinations and choices have erected strong towers and temples to the high things of this world. This battlefield is the most intimate of places and yet the strangest of places as we rarely array ourselves on it.  Rather, we give its ground to the enemy and acquiesce without a fight because we have no means to defend it.  We can lose more and more ground until we no longer desire to fight to reclaim any lost territory.

   The ultimate weapon for this battle field comes straight from God’s mouth; “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)   We live by His Word or starve because of the lack of it; “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

     This weapon has a name and a face and a heart; “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)  You can turn away or avert your eyes but His face is always there in your life – in all our lives; “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” (Acts 17:27,28)

     Idolatry too will have a face – a lying seductive face.   As handsome or beautiful this beast may be its only aim is to kindle our lust so we can be drawn away; “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” (James 1:14)

     Jesus is the only one that can retake what is lost.  His victory can be ours on the battlefield for our souls but it is up to us to take His Word in hand and stand with Him there.  No priest, shaman, pastor or any other ‘holy celebrity’  can retake what was lost since the Fall.  All our inner fears mirror externals.  The numerous temptations and  obstacles of this world take on a personality and populate our inmost landscape in rank and file standing under a lying banner of selfishness, hate and spite.  God’s Word tells us; “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20;15)

     Sadly, there are many unholy assemblies that preach idolatry.  The idolatries are many – false teachers, prosperity, wealth, religion, spirituality and any other god but God.  Idolatries draw people away from His Word and His face.  Idolatries entice the ignorant, unwary or proud away from the battlefield we all must stand on with Him beside us, within us and with His Word in our hearts.

     A church whose members have abandoned their own inner battlefield or believe themselves to be invincible because of their own merits cannot discipline themselves.  Victory through Jesus in this inner battle expresses itself as individual holiness in a person and corporate holiness in an assembly.  When that level of maturity is reached in a church discipline and punishment take on the purest form; “We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.…” (1 Thessalonians 5:14,15)

     The battlefield within us is won or lost not by superiority of numbers or power but by who we listen to and believe – who we stand with or walk away with –  Jesus or Satan’s many lying emissaries.  The external battles that are waged in this world are fought among the lost over the lost.  The ultimate victory has been accomplished; “. . . at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10,11)

     Scripture tells us the only saving discipline; “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)  Jesus tells us the essence of God’s work: “This is the work of God–that you believe in the One He has sent.” (John 6:29)  Take this work deep inside yourself and let the Holy Spirit work the soil of your heart.  The outward expression of this inner work is the abundance of good work for God.

     Above all remember;  “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:4-6)

     Praise the Lord!