Fight Club 101c - Know the Battlefield
As a martial arts instructor, you don't use black belt fighting skills with a yellow belt. You spar with them on their level. Figuratively speaking, you fight with one hand tied behind your back.
And that's how some of the church fights, but it's not on purpose. It's completely unintentional. They're fighting with one hand, or both, tied behind their backs.
Could you imagine an American football player trying to participate in a soccer game and play by the rules he's used to? It wouldn't work. There are some similarities between the two games. They're both called football. There are two teams. There's a ball. The objective is to score the most points. But that's about it. You can't play one game by the other's set of rules. You have to know what you're getting into before the action starts. You have to know which field you're playing on.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 says, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds..."
Your battle is not in the flesh. It's not a worldly thing. It's not something you can taste touch smell see or hear. Paul also tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that we don't "wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
Your battle is not with your neighbor, your co-worker, the HOA, the government.... watch me now.... it's not with finances or sickness or depression or addiction or anything like that. Yes, you live in a body on the earth. No, you don't fight according to that. Just like those ball players we talked about earlier, you have to know which field you're playing on.
Shift your perspective. Stop thinking along worldly lines. Walk by the spirit. By doing so, you'll stop engaging innocent civilians.
Practice the love of God.
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