2 Corinthians 10
3 We are human,
but we don't wage war with human plans & methods.
4 We use God's mighty weapons,
not mere worldly weapons,
to knock down the Devil'sstrongholds of human reasoning
and to destroy false arguments.
5 With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God.
With these weapons we conquer their rebellious thoughts & ideas,
and teach them to obey Christ.
Paul, one of the greatest missionary's of all time, talks here about how the reach out to people in the places they go, teaching them about Jesus.
Paul views this work as a war against the devil.
And he indicates he doesn't rely on his own cleverness, but on God's ability to work in him & through him.
I wonder if we depend too much sometimes upon our own cleverness to be & do what we know to be & do, rather than depending on God's direction & plans to make it happen.
We figure if we figure it all out, & make a plan & work the plan, then we can expect to succeed.
I'm not sure if that Biblical thinking.
So many times in my life, my reaction to God's leading is "you want me to do what?!".
(Doesn't that make me sound "holy"? LOL)
All we can do is obey, being & doing what He leads us to be & do,
& depend on Him to come through.
And Paul says we can poke holes in the clever, worldly thinking of those around us.
We seem to have an abundance of people these days who think they are so ever-lovin' clever & wise...
it's thinking that keeps them, & those who listen to them, separated from God.
What's the take-away from this?
Don't depend on only our own cleverness to make things happen, & more on the cleverness (& leading) of God
as we interact with people & try to point them to Jesus.