For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 2 Corinthians 10:3
In nearly every area of the world there is a war going on. Some are physical wars with guns and bombs at local, national and international levels.
There are also many wars that do not include physical fighting, but are trying to destroy other people. People lie, cheat, and slander other people and businesses in order to destroy them. Some do it just to destroy the competition, while others are just trying to become the best in their field.
Paul acknowledges living in world, but points out that believers do not wage war in the same way as the world does.
In the spiritual realm of life, there is a war going on. It is the war for the control and ownership of the souls of men and women. Satan and his evil forces are doing all they can to destroy the hearts and lives of every person they can, by whatever means they have available. The world fights in a dirty manner by lying, cheating, and stealing.
God also has His followers fighting in a war. It is a war for their soul. This war is not a physical fighting war or one out to destroy other people.
It is one with words that destroys actions and evil thoughts. It is pushing back temptation to sin against God. It is a war of loving one who is unlovable to change their hearts towards God. It is a war that reveals the lies and deception of the enemy and points people to the truth only found in Jesus.
While killing and lies do some destruction, the destruction is temporary. The battle of the believer destroys sin and brings about eternal life, lasting forever.
You are in the battle for your soul and for the souls of those around you. This battle is one to show people the way to eternal life.
The world does not want you to win this battle for yourself or for others and will do all it can to stop you. Choose to be on God’s side and wage war as He does with love and His living word.
Destroy the thoughts and actions of disobedience that the world promotes and live for God. Bring others to Jesus for salvation. God will win the war in the end. You will win, when you fight it God’s way.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to fight in this world; that you will fight for your soul and for others to be more like Jesus; and that God will use you to win the souls of others away from the world.