There is a Battle Raging

Posted: August 17, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Battle Ready

For years and years and years, men have always been expected to be battle ready.  In most cultures there was an expectation for all men to serve in this role if deemed necessary.  You have the stories of the Spartans who were aggressive in their battle tactics regarding training youngsters.  Within the US civil war there are stories of young boys being turned away because they were too young only to find that some had lied about their age in order to be a part of the fight.  You have African tribes and militants would abduct young boys and expect them to be able to cope and deal with war.  But today’s time is different.  There seems to be an opposite affect taking place.  A generation or two of people that will do almost anything in order not to have to go to battle.  Yet, the highest grossing video games according to Business Insider are smothered with war: #10-Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ($700 million), #8-Modern Warfare 2 ($780 Million), #2-Call of Duty: Black Ops ($1.5 Billion), & #1-World of Warcraft (Over $10 Billion).

So what does this mean?  What does it mean that we desire to experience war, but only in the virtual realm, not reality?  I believe that part of it is that we are disillusioned into believing that there is no war.  There is a constant war raging that many try to act oblivious to.  It is the spiritual war.

When I say spiritual war, you should know that though the war is spiritual, it affects all areas.  By saying it is a spiritual war, what we are really saying is that it is a war that has no boundaries, no borders, no rules, no time-frame besides the Alpha and Omega.  It is a war that affect the spiritual, emotional and physical.  This war is fought through countless individual battles.  We will unpack that a little later, but right now I want us to look at how we know there is a war at all.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”  First, we learn that Paul believes there is a war.  A spiritual war.  Secondly, there are strongholds.  But what strongholds?  And third, we are equipped with weapons to destroy stronghold, but what kind of weapons?

We are not waging war according to the flesh.  What does it mean, “according to the flesh?”  It does not look like a fleshly battle.  It does not include bloodied, battle-worn bodies strewn over a field.  Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”  The war that is raging is against who?  Satan, demons, and sin.  They are real.  We cannot believe the Bible and then tell ourselves that demons do not exist.  In fact, as children of God, it is Satan and demons that we struggle with.  Jesus has freed us from sin.  His death has made sin a “non-factor.”  However, the Tempter, the Accuser, and his demons are still active and trying to make us believe the lies.  Now, if Jesus is not your Lord, then sin is still waging war on you.  You have an additional competitor.

These create strongholds in our lives.  Do you know what a stronghold is?  It is a place where something or someone has a strong-hold on their possession.  Their possession could be a location, a person, or even a situation/monopoly.  You may have heard of an acropolis.  An acropolis literally means highest city.  But what it was, was a stronghold.  Before walls were put around cities in Greece, acropolises were used in case of an invasion.  What usually happened was that a city grew around the acropolis because of the safety that it provided.  Corinth had an acropolis.  So when Paul says that we possess weapons that can destroy strongholds, these people had a very real picture of what that looked like.  The devil has strongholds in our lives.  In fact, Romans 6 & 7 tell us that we were or still are slaves to sin.  We are bound to sin.  Sin has a stronghold in our life.  But when Jesus impacted our lives on a personal level, the stronghold known as sin was demolished!  But still, we have other areas of our life that Satan controls.

Paul tells us that these strongholds can be fought with weapons containing divine power.  Now, if you look into history and study weaponry at all, you will find that there are a lot of weapons that have claimed to have divine power.  Such as Excalibur, Thor’s Hammer, Goliath’s Sword, and even Peter’s Sword.  People have been trying to put divine powers into weapons…forever.  It goes with our pride and desire to be the best.  But we, as different as we are, are not talking about physical weapons.  What weapons do we have then?  We have prayer, we have the Bible, we have the Church, and we have faith, hope, and love.  But most of all we have God in the form of Holy Spirit.  2 Timothy 1:14 “By the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”  These weapons are ones that we cannot create.  God had to create open communication, God provided his Word, God is the author and perfecter of our faith.

There is a war raging.  Just because you are unaware or unengaged in it does not mean that it isn’t very much so, real.  In order to fight the war, through individual battles, it has to start with acknowledging the fact that a war is all around us.  There are people that have no idea they are in the middle of a war.  If they do not recognize this, if we do not recognize this, we will simply be casualties of war.

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