Peace in the midst of War!

6 May

I recall that as a child, I hated, despised, and grossly detested movies about war. Even today, I am not enthused by the prospect of violence as a form of entertainment. Although I use the word “hate” sparingly, I simply hate violence. And I love peace!

 

Despite my disdain for violence, I am reminded of the fact that we who follow Christ are in a war every day of our lives. We may not see grenades and tankers or hear the explosions with our physical senses. Still, the battle goes on. Yet before leaving this earth, Jesus specifically told His disciples that he was leaving them with peace. This peace was not the peace that the world gives (John 14:27). The world’s peace is temporary and is based upon circumstances. The peace that Jesus left for us surpasses all understanding and it is perfect (Philippians 4:7, Isaiah 26:3). It’s the kind of peace that we can have even in the midst of war.

 

Before we go further, let’s learn more about the war that we’re in. The Bible provides vital details about this spiritual battle in Ephesians 6:12. We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Sometimes we think that our enemy is the person who is trying to make life miserable for us. Since we fight against an enemy that we cannot see, we tend to forget that our real enemy even exists. Our enemy is Satan himself, who comes to steal, kill, and to destroy – yes to destroy us (John 10:10).

 

And though we are in a war, Jesus desires that we live in the peace that He purchased for us on the cross (Isaiah 53:5). How can we have peace while simultaneously fighting? We must put on the whole armor of God daily and stand (Ephesians 6: 10-18). Stand in truth, through every attack.  No matter how bad the situation looks, what does the word of God say about it? That’s our truth. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:21), despite how unworthy and weak we may feel at times. The truth is, that we can do nothing without the Lord, but we can do all things through Him who gives us strength (John 15:5, Philippians 4:13). The truth is that as we trust in the Lord and acknowledge Him in all of our ways, He will direct our path (Proverbs 3:45). The truth is that we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us (Romans 8:37). The truth is that God always causes us to triumph in Christ no matter what comes our way (II Corinthians 2:14). Living by these truths, produce peace in the midst of war.

 

Peace in the midst of our daily battles is not based upon our circumstances. It’s so easy for us to become wrapped up in what we see and what we feel although we really need to focus on the truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  He is our peace (Ephesians 2:14, Isaiah 9:6).  As we focus daily upon this truth and all of the truths written in the Bible, we will live in peace, even in the midst of war!

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