When we feel under attack or threatened, God wants us to call on Him. He doesnt want us to call our attacker names or switch over to human manipulation. In the surrounding context of todays verse, Paul is responding to other preachers criticism of him: theyve been saying hes a dodgy speaker, only brave on paper. Worse, they seem to have been muddying and distorting the Gospel message Pauls been so painstakingly preaching. Pauls response? He doesnt 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 Hes 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, dont achieve much but wounded souls on both sides (and unfixed problems).
So, what about us? Romans 8:9 NIV says we are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit 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, Hell move behind the scenes, and Hell equip you for more Godflavoured encounters when youre challenged.
So what now? Today, when anyone talks to you, send up 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.
Soulfood : Esther 4:9 - 5:3, Heb 4:7-16