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Turn the Enemy’s Weapons Against Him

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”(2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV)
I still remember an incident as a child in Elementary School when a particularly snotty classmate decided to tell on me to our teacher. I don’t remember exactly what rule I was supposed to have broken or whether I’d done anything to provoke his envy. But what I do remember was the peculiar satisfaction I got from the teacher’s response. She marched him into a dingy dark corner: “No one, she said, “likes a tattle tale.”
It’s a pattern we see in the Bible, too. Among the examples, David cuts off Goliath’s head with his own sword in the book of 1 Samuel. And in the book of Esther, Haman’s genocidal desires die on the very gallows he built for Esther’s father, Mordecai. The Bible often calls us to “rejoice in suffering,” and we can easily overlook that one of our peculiar joys as believers is seeing the opportunity to turn the enemy’s plots and weapons against him.
In sin and affliction, we can take the “fiery darts” the enemy throws at us in our circumstances, such as fear, anger, doubt, shame, and we can turn them back on him by running to the cross and declaring Christ’s all-sufficiency. In fear, we can declare and glory in Jesus’s absolute authority. In doubt, the magnitude of his love. In shame, the reach of his forgiveness.
The Apostle Paul, the former murderer of God’s people, knows the secret of this peculiar satisfaction when his “thorn in the side” becomes a way for him to channel God’s empowering grace. (2 Cor. 12:9) The enemy is not smart. He’s looking for easy targets. He’s less likely to bother someone who’s learned to turn everything to the praise of Christ.

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