Weapon Of Repent – sermon notes

Satan will hinder or stop our growth as a believer unless we are quick to activate the weapon of repentance. The weapon of repent would be likened to a side arm pistol of a soldier. It should always be easily accessed and the quicker we are to raise it and fire it the better we will proceed.

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Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, Mark 1:14, Acts 2:37, Acts 17:30, Matthew 9:13, LUK 15:7-10, MAR 1:15

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Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, Mark 1:14, Acts 2:37, Acts 17:30, Matthew 9:13, LUK 15:7-10, MAR 1:15

[2 Corinthians 10:4] (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 
1. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 from several of the more popular translations
King James
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds😉
2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.


NIV
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.


Living Bible
2 Corinthians 10:3 It is true that I am an ordinary, weak human being, but I don’t use human plans and methods to win my battles.
2 Corinthians 10:4 I use God’s mighty weapons, not those made by men, to knock down the devil’s strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:5 These weapons can break down every proud argument against God and every wall that can be built to keep men from finding him. With these weapons I can capture rebels and bring them back to God and change them into men whose hearts’ desire is obedience to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:6 I will use these weapons against every rebel who remains after I have first used them on you yourselves and you surrender to Christ.
 

New American Standard
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,
2 Corinthians 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
2 Corinthians 10:5 {We are} destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and {we are} taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
2 Corinthians 10:6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.
(emphasis added)

As we have seen, the war is for possession of the thought process going on between our ears. My soul is my heavenly place. The question is, “Who controls my heavenly place?” The war is about imaginations and arguments (NIV) against God. These imaginations and arguments are walls (TLB) that keep you and I and others from truly “finding him” (TLB). The war is about every high thing (a thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God). The weapons are to capture rebels (TLB) [rebellious] and bring them back to God. The war is to capture the stronghold of thought and make it obedient to Christ. The war is to “change them into men whose hearts’ desire is obedience to Christ” (TLB).
The primary person each of us need to utilize the weapons of warfare on is our self. Notice that I said primary. We can learn to use the weapons on others. We are a corporate army, but individual soldiers. We first need to activate them on our thoughts. Paul said that “I will use these weapons against every rebel who remains after I have first used them on you” (TLB).

2. The Thought Process Stronghold

The correct thought process must be established by the individual believer. Believers frequently do not process thoughts correctly. Improper thought processes are developed for numerous reasons. Our childhood, our environment, our parenting, our friends, our teachers, our preachers, our spouses, our examples, music, reading material, etc all affect the way we think. These thoughts develop strongholds for the devil to hide and dig in for war.
Schema (ske’me) is a word used in psychology. The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word as “A pattern imposed on complex reality or experience to assist in explaining it, mediate perception, or guide response.” That simply means schema is the way an individual receives information and processes that information. (We get our English word scheme–a secret plan–from the word schema.) Non believers and believers develop strongholds in their thinking for the devil because of their schema–the way they have processed the information they have received.
There is another word we need to look at. It is the word paradigm (par’e-dim’). The word paradigm means “an example that serves as pattern or model.” We all have had paradigms–examples or models. We have since we can remember. I can remember as a child my hero was Roy Rogers the television western star. I would get my stick horse (Trigger) and ride him in my back yard. I would tie me a scarf around my neck like Roy did and wear long sleeved shirts in the summer. I would strap me two toy pistols on and shoot all the bad guys and save the day. Good always triumphed and bad was always punished. I am confident that is a stronghold in me today.
In today’s society a different type “hero” is portrayed than when I was a child. We see a violence not made ugly. Mass murders and drug lord glamor is the norm. Professional athlete are seen as idols even though they are immoral and wicked.
Some politicians are none the better in our society. Some of our national leaders permit, if not do, tremendous immoral and illegal acts. The schema today of these paradigms is something like, “It’s their private lives. It has nothing to do with their office.” The truth is an immoral and lying leader is a paradigm for your child. If he or she hears society or a parent or a hero say there is nothing wrong with that type of behavior the child develops a stronghold for the devil.
This is not to say that forty years ago some television stars, some athlete, some politicians, etc were not immoral or wicked. History has proven some were. The difference is schema. The information was processed different forty years ago concerning this. It was simply not accepted as proper behavior. Today it is seen as acceptable behavior. When a paradigm is immoral or wicked the behavior is justified and becomes acceptable by society, but not by God. We tend to think that if it is acceptable with us then it is acceptable with God. We think that if it seems merciful to us then it must be of God. It doesn’t work that way.
Thus the weapons of warfare are specifically designed to war with incorrect schema–thought processes. When proper schema is utilized the paradigm will shift. Our examples will shift from the violent, immoral, and wicked to Christ and the Word of God.
Unless the child can schema that “Bevas and Butthead” are full of immoral and wicked insinuations, they will accept their actions and statements as correct. They will process that information as acceptable for them. A stronghold is developed. It is doubtful that Bevas and Butthead would be a child’s paradigm (could be). However a stronghold of thinking has been developed. That was all the enemy needed Bevas and Butthead to do. When a paradigm of the child does an immoral or wicked act that Bevas and Butthead portrayed as acceptable, the child’s schema tells the child the wicked thing was acceptable. Therefore it must be acceptable. Subtly through cartoon characters a stronghold was developed. This is where the weapon of our warfare called repent comes into action.

3. The Weapon Repent
Repentance is the very first weapon we must utilize to come into the kingdom of God. Once understood, we will then continuously utilize that weapon. Satan will hinder or stop our growth as a believer unless we are quick to activate the weapon of repentance. The weapon of repent would be likened to a side arm pistol of a soldier. It should always be easily accessed and the quicker we are to raise it and fire it the better we will proceed.
First let me show us that it is the first necessary weapon. After his baptism, Jesus Christ went into the wilderness and was tested by the devil. After that testing, Christ came preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. His message was that it was time for the kingdom of God. Then he said, “Repent.”
MAR 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galileepreaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and thekingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Notice please, that the instruction was first repent and then believe the gospel. Without first repenting, it is impossible to properly believe the gospel.
On the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2, Peter preached to the crowd in the streets of Jerusalem. The crowd was convicted and asked, “What shall we do?” Peter said “Repent.”
ACT 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Please notice the instruction by Peter was to first repent. Then be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they shall receive the Holy Ghost. Unless one repents, baptism cannot actually happen. The person can get wet, but not experience baptism. Unless one repents, that person cannot receive the Holy Ghost.
Not understanding repent is like having the side arm weapon, but only using it for a hammer. We have the impression that repent has to do with sadness and crying at an altar. We see it this way–A preacher is giving an altar call. He says, “Get down to this altar and repent before God or you will go to hell….” We may see someone going to the altar, crying, and being prayed for. The preacher says, “That person has repented.” Well, maybe the person had a time of repenting and maybe not.
Or perhaps you heard that repent means to change the direction one is going. That is better, but still does not explain repent. There is a reason a person changes their direction.
The word repent means to think differently. In Acts 2:38 the word translated repent is the Greek word metanoeo (Strong’s #3340) and means “to think differently, i.e. reconsider.” We find the word involves the mind in its root words noeo (Strong’s #3539) and nous (Strong’s #3563). The word repent simply involves the thinking and exercise of the mind. Repent means to adjust the mind to receive spiritual truth. As we have seen earlier, it is the schema–receiving information and processing that information.
Jesus said in Mark 1:14 that the kingdom was at hand, “repent ye and believe the gospel.” He is instructing that people must think. They must think differently. They must schema. They must process the information. They must adjust their mind to receive spiritual truth. Then they could experience the second part which was “believe the gospel.”
Peter at Pentecost said, “Repent….” The Jews must think differently. Animal sacrifices and Judaism was no longer the way to think. They must schema. They must collect the information and process that information. They must adjust their minds to receive spiritual truth. Once they did that, they could experience the second part and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. They must receive the spiritual truth of Jesus Christ. If they repented–adjusted their minds to receive spiritual truth–and entered covenant with Christ through baptism, they shall receive the Holy Ghost.
In the New Testament and especially in today’s society, the Lord will not tolerate ignorance. There is no excuse for ignorance today. The Lord expects us to repent–adjust our thinking to receive spiritual truth. In fact, he commands that we repent.
ACT 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 

a. the weapon works on the greatest sinner
Repentance is a mighty weapon of warfare. When activated it will bring the greatest sinner into righteousness. Jesus said,
MAT 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. 

The greatest problem in society today is that people refuse to repent. They refuse to activate the thinking to receive spiritual truth. They refuse to schema. Once a person accumulates information and correctly process that information, that person will repent. The church today also refuses to repent. Though Christians see a truth by the accumulation of information, they continue in their doctrine and tradition even though that doctrine is in error. For example, many today will not receive the Holy Ghost because they refuse to repent. The information is there. They simply refuse to adjust their thinking to receive that spiritual truth.

b. this weapon brings joy in heaven
There is great joy in heaven when someone learns to activate this weapon called repent. Once learned and utilized, it become nearly impossible for the enemy to deceive us for an extended period. The Lord knows that all he will need to do is get us the correct information. He knows we will accumulate that information and receive it as spiritual truth. That gives him great joy. The Lord said,
LUK 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
LUK 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. 

c. this weapon is used after salvation
Repentance is not a one time action. It continues with us constantly. Every time we see or hear a spiritual truth we repent–adjust our thinking to receive spiritual truth. The Lord told the churches in the Revelation to repent (Rev 2:5, 16, 21, 22; 3:3, 19). Churches are not buildings. Churches are people. They had already repented once and received the gospel. They must now repent again and receive the instructions from the Lord given in the Revelation.

The ability to repent is a mighty weapon of our warfare. The person quick to activate and utilize that weapon will never stop growing in the Spirit. The enemy will never stop their growth. They will constantly be adjusting and receiving spiritual truth. The schema will process information correctly. It will be nearly impossible to deceive that person. The paradigm will shift to Christ and to the Word of the Lord. The Word and Christ will be the examples. The person that can quickly repent will easily allow the kingdom of God to possess their heavenly place and the throne will be established. Their soul (mind) will be filled with the Spirit and the enemy will be driven out. Without the mighty weapon of repentance, deception, tradition that makes the word of none affect, weakness, and thoughts in rebellion to Christ will fill the heavenly place. The enemy will possess the heavenlies. The person will live a defeated life. The person who activates repentance quickly and easily is assured an abundant life (John 10:10). They enter the kingdom and believe.

MAR 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

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