In all the earth, there is war. Wars with greedy people at the head, wars with God at the head, spiritual wars against the devil. Their all different but, as a Christian how do we act in them? Going to the bible we see that the Israelites fought many wars in Gods name… from these examples, you can see that God has a divine purpose for fighting wars, in all ages of time.
1 Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand
and the rulers gather together
against the LORD
and against his Anointed One.
3 “Let us break their chains,” they say,
“and throw off their fetters.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them. Psalm 2:1-4.
Nothing is impossible with God, not matter how big the host of enemies against you, if He wills it, victory will be yours. So, as Christians we should make sure that God is in this war, and we are fighting for the right side. Looking at the Israelites (1 Samuel 15; Exodus 17) Whenever God was there fighting with them, they won. Making sure that it is Gods will for you to fight, is the first measure. Trust God in His answer… sometimes you may be asked to have a look at peace, like Esther.
When it is determined to fight, we need to keep close to God (daily setting aside time for Him), to listen to His commandments. Christian virtues are highly needed in war, such as: discretion, honesty, forgiveness, faithfulness, kindness, patience, peace, self control and gentleness. These virtues create wonderful warriors. To sum it up: Live a life dedicated to God even through war, and letting His bright light to shine through you.
These are fought with patience and love of our Saviour. The devil will give us down days, hard times ext. in times of fruitfulness. He tries to drag us down, but through these times when we can’t feel God close, our love for Him and our patience will pull us through. To think positively and read your bible (however hard it may be), the devils hold will become slippery, and as soon as he tries to grab you again, you can flick him off. Hard times mean to test your faith (to see if you really do love God enough to stick to Him even through trials) and to make you depressed when you’re doing great works for God that Satan hates (even stuff as simple as reading your bible everyday and giving yourself as a living sacrifice!). Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it! – Psalm 112:24
– Written by Meggie. An activity for Omnibus II, Church Fathers through the Reformation.