The flesh constantly wars with the spirit. When is it okay to stand up against others that are worldly, without letting the flesh take control. The last week I have been tried several times and things have come against me in all directions. I have had to fight hard against my fleshly thoughts and desires to fight back. I have fought hard to remain in the spirit. See, I want to stand up and make a difference, but in the right way. It is difficult to do this when we war against the world. So I have to ask myself “How?” without letting my flesh take over.
First the Bible says, Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful (Psalm 1:1). The workplace can be the most ungodly place there is. Christians working in a place with others that has no moral code. There are whisperers and backbiters that take council against the believer. But, there is joy knowing that God is in control. He protects his people from those that come against them.
Second, God did not say that being angry was sin. The Bible says, Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath (Ephesians 4:26). It is what we chose to do when we are angry. God does not want us to retaliate against others. A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger (Proverbs 15:1). I have learned a lesson this week; that a soft answer will turn away wrath, but we must not stir up anger in someone first, then not expect them not to be angry. It is harder to get someone to cool down after they are angry.
Next, we have nothing to fear against the unbeliever. Psalms 3:3-6 says, But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Proverbs 19:19 says, A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment.
Last of all, do not think it strange that Christians will suffer on this earth. Acts 14:22, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Romans 8:17 says, And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Read more about the war with the flesh in the following verses.
- Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
- 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
- 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
- 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
- Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
- 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
- 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
- 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
- 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
- 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
- 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.