If you listen to contemporary worship music, you will likely hear “The war is over” – unfortunately, that is a lie. The war is not over. The war is on-going, and is fought in the hearts of men and women every single day. A lie that is deceiving our generation and leading us towards death. Make no mistake about it, we are in the midst of a high-stakes war that transcends our generation.
The bible is filled to the brim with scriptures on warfare, and this is not by coincidence. God was trying to communicate to us a simple truth – that we were born into a world corrupted by sin, and that we would have to wake up every day and fight a battle for what we love. Ephesians 6:13 houses the infamous Armor of God verse in which we are warned that we must gird ourselves as soldiers. In John 16:33, we are told
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
And then Paul says this about his walk in 2 Corinthians 23-29:
“I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. 24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers;27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food,[b] in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?”
See, there is a simple truth in the gospel that directly contradicts the lie that is sold to the American Christian. The reality is that we are at war. God is a warrior. We may not fight in the physical, but there is a spiritual D-Day all around us. I must say something now to all of the men reading – you are a warrior in God’s army. You are not weak, and your life has a great purpose. You must make war in this life using the tools of righteousness – prayer, worship, and servitude. You must fight ferociously against the principalities that wish to drag your spirit away from God, into the pits of Hell – satan, the flesh, and the world.
You must wake up every single day, put on your body armor, load your gun, and be ready to fight! Fight for your spirit, fight for your purity, fight for your wife, fight for your children, fight for your job, and fight for your ministry! There are souls at stake, and God has called you into this battle, and given you the strength needed to win – now go forth and take the battle to the enemy, and take your freedom by force!
“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.”