My mother sent me a text last night telling me that the new Jack Ryan series on Amazon is amazing, and I should watch it. I missed her text because I was watching 24. My husband didn’t hear the phone because he was playing Call of Duty in the living room.
The Desire to Fight is Holy
Embedded in the heart of every human is a knowledge that we should be fighting something.
I’m the biggest peace and love girl there is. When my kids used to argue, I’d step between them and say, “Peace! Your privilege to speak has been revoked!”
People have come into my home and said that here, there is a peace. By the grace of God only, my home has peace, and I am so very thankful for that gift. I love peace!
Still, I inherently know that there’s something I should be fighting for, and something I must fight against.
What the heck? Like so many other things of God, this makes no sense in worldly terms.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace
It is not contradictory to his character that Jesus said, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34).”
A sword is a weapon. I don’t think of Jesus as a guy with a gun strapped to his chest. What was Jesus fighting?
Paul spells it out for us in Ephesians 6:12:
- Not flesh and blood (not people)
- Rulers of the dark world
- Authorities of the dark world
- Powers of the dark world
- Spiritual forces of evil
And here’s the deal, folks. We are laborers with God/Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:9). We are called to fight with him.
Jesus guaranteed that we will have trouble in the world. But we can have peace in him. And he has overcome the world (John 16:33). We know the ending of this battle we’re called to fight: God wins.
That in and of itself brings me peace.
Pray to Understand the Mysteries
One of my favorite scriptures is when Jesus said to his disciples, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted (Matthew 13:11).”
You, my sister, can understand some of the supernatural secrets, the mysteries, of God.
“To [your name here] it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven…”
That blows my mind. I can know some of the secrets of God, and furthermore, people in the opposing army will not know those secrets. Those battle plans.
I urge you to pray for a deeper understanding God’s plan for peace and war. Only he can reveal to you your role in this epic war, help you in the heat of battle, and give you peace that passes all understanding.
Battle Plans: Part Two coming up next!