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(CW) Journal 7: Waging War

Am I the only one who finds a morbid kind of fascination with war? I think it’s wired in us somewhere to be drawn to the idea of two opposites clashing in epic battle. You know, Jedi versus the Empire (or the Sith, or Republic, or whatever); the elves versus the orcs; the Narnians versus the Telmarines; the wizards versus the… Muggles…

No, but some of my favorite Bible verses are ones that relate life to a war, or include things about spiritual warfare. Imagining angels and demons clashing around you in an epic, real-time battle as you push through those difficult situations really gives you more of a will to fight. This week’s journal wants me to choose a favorite Bible story or verse, so much as I love the entire book of Daniel and its collection of amazing stories, I chose one really epic verse that God showed me recently.

Dad really must’ve known I love this war thing, because the Bible has plenty of references to war (put on the full armor of God; wrestle against the spiritual forces of evil; war arose in heaven at the end times). Lately I read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, which says, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, they have the divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

…what. Paul, why didn’t you say something like that sooner? We don’t use the world’s crude weapons; our tools of war have divine power to demolish strongholds! How cool is that?

Plus, we get supernatural armor on top of this divine power. Plus, we have power over demons. I mean, the God of the Universe lives in us, doesn’t He? As one speaker once said, “You’re much more powerful than you think.” Except that it’s not really you; it’s God living in you. You think your limitations can put boundaries on the God who created everything we know in mere days? He’s equipped us for war, and you can’t have a war without two sides. You’re fighting with an army: an elite team of saints, angels, and last but most importantly, the God of gods.

So next time you’re going out to war against temptation and sin, just remember that He’s given you power and weapons to defend yourself. You’re not fighting alone.

And that’s. Awesome.

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