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Some things, like the gospel, are worth fighting for. But there are many more things not worth fighting over. Christians are not to fight one another but are to strive for peace within the body of Christ (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:11).
We are not to fight the government but are to submit to its laws (Romans 13:2), knowing that our true Governor is Christ (Isaiah 9:7) and we belong to His kingdom. When speaking to Pilate, Jesus said that, if His kingdom were of this world, His servants would take up arms and fight on His behalf—but His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). Peter had to learn this lesson the hard way (Matthew 26:52).
One of Satan’s subtle strategies is to entice us to operate in our own ability.
David the shepherd boy took on the giant in faith and dependence, knowing that the battle was not his in the first place but rather the Lord’s (1 Sam. 17:47). When he became the king, though, David sought to know just how mighty his own forces were as he leaned more on himself than on God (1 Chron. 21:1–5). The enemy delights when we go there—when we’re much more like David the king than David the shepherd boy.
The enemy we face is a defeated foe.
Satan has been bound through God’s judgment and through the cross; is being bound through the preaching of the gospel; and will be bound for eternity. We do genuinely wrestle against principalities and powers (Eph. 6:12), but the devil and his forces have never been outside of God’s control.
Warfare is the devil’s attempt to deceive and divide believers.
Since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, the devil has tried to bait us with false teaching, lure us into sin, and turn us against each other. He does this to keep us from glorifying God and doing the Great Commission. He seeks to devour us (1 Pet. 5:8) so we can no longer be a light to a lost world. The summary I commonly use is that the enemy wants us to mess up (fall into sin), give up (get discouraged), get puffed up (live in arrogance), split up (divide), or shut up (quit evangelizing).
originally posted by: FlyInTheOintment
There are innumerable ways that people you've worked with in the past have damaged or ruined the progress of important projects by doing stupid things, by not understanding clear instructions - emulate them!. Give yourself a target of ten misdemeanours per week - big enough to delay & frustrate - small enough that you either won't get caught, or they'll just think you're dumb & transfer you elsewhere. Those who are seriously bright thinkers can resist by thinking deeply & coming up with clever sabotage plans.. More risk, greater reward. More punishment if you get caught, so lots to ruminate upon.
We cannot overthrow, but we can delay & frustrate, repeatedly, persistently & intelligently - which means we knock them off-balance.
We can't face them in open revolt, because the military mindset will prevent soldiers from rebelling against their orders perhaps up to but not including the actual murder of their own citizens,
& those who know what the elites are doing in secret (as in, those living within a civilisation & engaging with the various authorities & family/friends as they pass the years they are given, all the while while not realising the dark machinations which are going on beneath the subtle veil with which the rulers cover their actions) - such people cannot be punished in a blanket manner, because it is not an evil heart, but only an unfortunate maladjusted decision making heuristic that is crafting seemingly 'bad' action/choice from time to time,
what they wilfully cannot see or perceive in the people around them, is the innocence with which such people they presume to judge are in fact graced with in God's eyes, that they know not what they do, yet even so, and despite the hardships they face, they are not seeking to harm anyone, and are guilty of nothing but trying their best to live in the world they see around them.