Paul gave the Corinthians a reminder that is important for us to hear today: followers of Christ do not wage war in the flesh. Paul is not talking about one nation warring against another (although the lesson still would apply is such a situation); he is referring to the battle of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. We do not need to fight people in order to get them to comprehend the message because, ultimately, the battle is not a physical battle: it's a spiritual one. The rules change; the stakes are different. Instead of fighting for power you're fighting for Truth. Instead of fighting for land you're fighting for fertile hearts. And we have the Holy Spirit to guide us through the battle, to enable us to take our thoughts captive to become like Christ's. Are you fighting in the war, or are you sitting on the sidelines? There is a battle raging, don't miss it!
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.