‘We do not wage war as the world does.’ 2 Corinthians 10:3 NIV
When we feel under attack, threatened, or like something we care about is in danger, God wants us to call on Him, not call names or switch to human manipulation. In the passage today’s verse is in, Paul is responding to other preachers’ criticism of him: they’ve been saying he’s an naff speaker, only brave on paper, and worse, they seem to have been muddying the gospel message Paul’s been so painstakingly preaching. Paul’s response? Not even a ‘pscht, whatchoo talking about’. He doesn’t defend himself, or call the competition names, but points to the power of God to fight for His own gospel, and defend His faithful speakers whilst He’s at it.
What if we told you that the weapons we usually use in arguments did more harm than good? That reflex we have on sniping back, or resorting to a personal jibe when someone criticises us, don’t achieve much but wounded souls on both sides (and unfixed problems).
So, what about us? Romans 8:9 says we are ‘…not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit…’ (NIV). God wants us close enough to reach for Him as our default, not for human weaponry. ‘...pray in the Spirit on all occasions’ (Ephesians 6:18, NIV). If our response under threat is to ask God to sort things out, He’ll move behind the scenes, and He’ll equip you for more God-flavoured encounters when you’re challenged.
Today, when anyone talks to you at all, shout a silent, instant prayer: “JESUS!” in your head. In that moment, ask Him to be with you in that, and every conversation. See what difference it makes.