In 1938, France simply desired to live in peace, so when their neighbor from the northeast (Germany), was preparing for war, France ignored the immediate threat. Ultimately, the desire for peace did not bring peace. Germany overtook possession of France in short order.
Just because we are reluctant to engage in war it doesn’t mean it’s not going to be brought to us. Simply put, war means we have possession of something that someone else wants and wants to take away from us.
Our adversary, Satan, has declared war on you and me. He wants our joy, worship, loyalty to Christ, and eventually, our souls. He also wants to divide the church, tear families apart through divorce, make a mess of our finances, and even our physical health. It’s no secret He is willing to declare war for those things that are most important to us.
Whether or not we are willing to admit it, as believer in Christ, you and I are at war. Passiveness does not bring peace, it never has, and it never will. History indicates to us that as long as we are willing to surrender what is ours, we can avoid conflict and avoid the reality of war. If we, in our fear, turn over the blessings God has provided for us (faith, family, friendships, etc.) war can be avoided. If we become passive with Biblical principles, war can be averted. Hold on a second though! How far are we willing to go here? It’s a question we must ask ourselves as the church.
For far too long, we’ve dodged the topic of the reality of Spiritual Warfare. As followers of Christ, it is not “if” we become part of this fight against “evil rulers and principalities of the unseen world” (Eph. 6:12). It’s the fact that you are in it right now! It’s an uncomfortable reality we must deal with, but not one we allow to bring us down.
Meanwhile, the enemy continues to strategically launch, “fiery arrows,” those personalized attacks designed to attack our heads, hearts, and biggest insecurities. But the Lord has not left us defenseless. He has provided us an offensive weapon, the “sword of the spirit,” God’s Holy Word.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12
For many, the unfortunate reality is our “sword” has dulled in the busyness of life. We’ve become too distracted, and when it comes to our faith, we find ourselves floundering as we simply go through the motions. The truth is, God has not left us defenseless. He has given us weaponry and armor (Eph. 6). So whenever we choose to wake up and see the reality that the enemy has brought the battle to us, we know there is no excuse to suffer in defeat. While the battle rages on, through Christ, the war is already won.