“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after [according to] the flesh. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.)” ~2 Corinthians 10:3-4
We hear stories in the news of Christians fighting to hold onto or regain their jobs, or to mention Jesus Christ in a graduation speech. Frequently, they do so in a court of law. They sue their enemies. But guess what? They’re warring after the flesh.
I posted a note last Thursday called You want unbelievers’ eyes to be opened. You want situations to change. . . So are you meeting God’s conditions? In this note, I listed God’s two conditions to opened eyes and changed situations. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego met them. Daniel met them. Those persecuted by Saul, before he became the great apostle Paul, met them. And Jesus Christ our Savior met them. What are those two conditions?
1. When confronted with a man-made law that affronted God, they stood their ground, fearing God and obeying Him. If that meant disobeying the man-made law, that’s what they did.
2. They submitted to persecution/suffering for the sake of righteousness. This means they submitted to the punishment meted out for disobeying the man-made law. They didn’t try to change the law and they didn’t seek lawyers. Instead, they entrusted themselves to God.
You may want to regain your lost job, to speak the name of Christ. But don’t do it man’s way. Don’t sue your enemies. Don’t fight in a human court of law. Instead, do it God’s way. Sacrifice yourself. Submit. Suffer. Why? God’s way is infinitely better! When we sacrifice our lives for Christ, He opens eyes. He changes situations. In 1 Peter we read, “For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: ‘who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth,’ who when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously” [2:21-23]. Jesus Christ submitted to an illegal night session of the Sanhedrin, to a charge of blasphemy. He died a very bloody death on a cross, a punishment reserved for the worst of criminals. Oh the shame! Jesus Christ did all this for your sake. And He tells us, “The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you” [John 15:20]. Christian, what makes you think you’re different? Do you really think you will avoid persecution in this life? Christ submitted. Can’t you?
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” Take it literally. The other night, I had a dream. And in this dream, I saw someone stand outside a school where the name of Christ was blasphemed and His servants persecuted. The man started singing to Jesus. But he was shot dead. Another took his place and started singing to Jesus. He also was shot dead. Then another. But this time, Jesus appeared to the shooter. Instantly, the man fell at His feet, ran outside to the dead, called them his brother and his sister, and said, “I have seen Jesus. And He has set me free.” Then I saw a news reporter for a major TV network quote the shooter while giving his report. As he was doing so, the reporter became upset and walked away. Then Jesus appeared to him.
Why do I tell you this? Because this is God’s way of opening blind eyes and changing “impossible” situations. The key is sacrificing oneself for the sake of Jesus Christ. This is what Jesus did for you. “He that loveth his life shall lose it, and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal” [John 12:25]. You must submit to persecution. Whether or not you survive in this world is up to God, since whether we live or die we are the Lord’s. But know this: self-sacrifice for Jesus’s sake will always bring spiritual results.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to suffer for Him. This is spiritual warfare. The battle is real. But we mustn’t “war after the flesh.” We shouldn’t fight our enemies in human law courts. Why? Unbelievers are not our real enemies. The devil and his angels are. Instead, we must war after the spirit. We must fight in the courts of heaven. We must pray.
*Scripture used: KJV