The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is His name. Exodus 15:3
I hate war. I detest it even more than politics. But I am reminded every day when I put on my spiritual armor that there is no getting away from it.
As much as our Western culture tries to avoid war, we still get dragged into it. It’s interesting to me that anyone being interviewed in a beauty pageant is supposed to say that they want world peace. Think about it. Besides the jihadists, the only other people I can think of that want us to enter into armed conflict are contractors that provide weapons or soldiers for hire. In this case, it is love of money and power that kills and destroys.
Furthermore, I am very aware of the irony that the last part of the spiritual armor that we put on are the shoes of the gospel of peace; the shoes of the good news of peace. Jesus is our Prince of Peace, the peace that passes all understanding. The last commandment that Jesus gave us before His ascension was to ‘go and make disciples’ but each of us needs to prepare ourselves ~ knowing that we will come under fire, sometimes literally. This good news angers people. Most people either want to work their way to Heaven (which is impossible) or are offended that they would even need a savior. Both types of reasoning come down to pride of a very Luciferian nature.
Our good news of peace often ends in the messenger’s death. But if we were to change any part of it, it wouldn’t be the truth. It wouldn’t be able to save. It wouldn’t have any power. I don’t mind too much when people don’t like me, but I’m not crazy about the thought of people hating me. Nonetheless, I am called to speak the truth in love even if it leads to martyrdom. The good news about Jesus making peace between the Father and mankind often brings about war of the spiritual kind. Are you ready?
Heavenly Father, Thank you for not leaving us helpless. I put on all of the armor that You have provided. Make me ready for the warfare ahead. In Jesus Name, Amen
What do you hate the most about war?
What scares you the most about spiritual warfare?
The Bible says that God is a Mighty Warrior who is mighty in battle. What does that mean to you?