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Strong Versus Weak 

We really are not sure what the weakness that Paul spoke about, but he considered his weaknesses to be a thorn in his flesh. To Paul, the thorn was a tormenting messenger of Satan. Although Paul pleaded for its removal God responded with  

Paul could have made himself out to be a spiritual giant in his day, being caught up into heaven where he saw and he heard things that he was forbidden to talk about. Perhaps the thorn in his flesh was to remind him that he was a mere man, and no better than other men.

He was constantly reminded of his human condition and found he was a weak man in the sight of God. He was subject to making mistakes being insulted, suffering in hardships, knowing the reality of persecutions, and having difficulties occurring like we face in our lives. He was constantly on the front line in a battle to win people over to Jesus and God gave him revelation after revelation. He was a person Satan persecuted to stop his advances. Yet Paul stood firm saying I can do all things through Jesus who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13.)

 When Paul wrote to the Ephesians he gave them a mental picture of the body armor of a roman soldier likening it to the spiritual armor of God. He said that our battle is not with the men of this world, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. (Ephesians 6:10-18) To the Corinthians he said we do war as men do, the weapons we use are divinely derived and inspired. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) We are involved in a spiritual war that Satan is waging against those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. (Revelation 12:17)

As men we only see the surface of things for we do not see what is going on in the spirit realm. No one has seen the spirits (demons) at work producing the fruit of evil but we have seen the evidence of evil displayed throughout this world. The weapons of this world were designed to destroy the things of this world but they have no effect in the spirit realm. We are fighting a spiritual war with the powers of darkness that we cannot see but we are using weapons of the spirit world by faith to overcome evil.

David was a man after Godís heart but he fought a number of battles to establish the nation of Israel. A number of those battles were recorded and one common ingredient was found in each one. He sought the Lord for guidance before going into battle. One of his more famous battles took place before he became king during the time Saul reigned. In a battle with the Philistine army a giant of a man came forth and defiled the name of Israelís God.   

David heard the insults of Goliath, which stirred his zeal for the Lord rather than shrink in terror. He was offered Saulís armor, which proved too much and then his own brothers ridiculed him. In his zeal for the Lord he stopped long enough to choose five smooth stones from the stream and calmly approach the Philistine. One look at David and Goliath said to himself ďyou canít be serious. You are sending a teenager at me with just a sling?

David understood that he was a mere boy who was the servant of the Lord. He understood the possibility of losing his life at the hands of Goliath but he placed his trust and life into the hands of God. He went in the name of the Lord knowing that the power of God is able to overcome anything the enemy can throw at you.

What makes a Christian strong is the unyielding confidence in the power of God to deliver them from influence of Satan and spiritual war. We fight the good fight of the faith by looking to God and his promises for deliverance.

The weak are those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. If anything they have grown accustomed to the corrupt morals of the world and consider everything they do right in their own mind. They stand condemned already because they do not trust or believe in the name of God's one and only Son. (John 3:18)

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