Saturday, September 15, 2007
Storming The Kingdom of Darkness
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds;" 2 Corinthians 10:4
The picture God is painting here is one of storming and conquering a fortress, or castle. There are a lot of aspects to this, like our spiritual armor, prayer, the Word of God itself, faith, and so forth. But the most important thing in this raiding of the Castle of Evil is the Gospel itself.
We are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God for salvation to those who believe. (Romans 1:16)
See that? Don’t take this lightly. Do you know that you will never really change a person in the core of their being? You may clean them up and make them look better and make them a better businessman or public speaker, or more successful, or more powerful personally or politically, but may I ask the question the Scripture asks?
“What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but foreits his soul?”
You see the fortress or castle that we want to pull down is the Kingdom of Darkness, a kindgom of "works religion" that has enslaved every man and woman since Adam and Eve. It’s the Kingdom of lies, and the lies are against the One who is the Truth, and the Way and the Life.
And the primary thing that pulls down that fortress, that Kingdom of Darkness, is the Gospel of Grace, because it not only shines truth in the darkness, it actually has the POWER to change the heart. To grant the free gift of a new spirit, to make a new creation.