The world is awash in wars, skirmishes, battles and conflicts. There are so many types of wars that the buzz word in some cases when land, sea, and air battles are involved, it is called, “theatre of war.” There is a war on drugs, gangs, terrorism, borders, waterways, ideologies, and a war for the souls of mankind. Wars will not be stopped until the warring within our souls is stopped, controlled or repented of.
Until there is an honest desire within our hearts for the success of our neighbours, workmates or man on the street – wars will not stop. When a territory or a radical religious idea is being fought over to the point of a full-blown war, then wars and conflicts will remain in full explosion until everyone is dead, or the sickening waste of it all is finally seen for what it is.
The word of God says that wars are going on because the war within our hearts is causing conflict. James 4:1 What causes conflicts and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from the passions at war within you? This conflict is the result of the fallen human condition. As long as there are humans on the earth, war will be an option.
Most people at war do not realize that they are fighting against an enemy that is trying to defeat, destroy and eradicate the human race. The word of God is clear that we are battling princely powers, demon influences and not humanity. Eph. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The elimination of war starts with the full capitulation of our own souls to the Lord Jesus. Someone has to surrender first. Christ surrendered to the cross so that we could surrender to Him and be victorious in a resurrection life as Jesus is. 1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
By surrendering to Christ the King of kings and the Lord of lords who conquered the cause of war by His blood which was spilled on the cross for us all, we can be assured of a true and honest victory because we are one with and in Christ. As we choose peace, war will diminish. As we choose life, abortion, murder and hatred will be seen for what it is.
When we choose the solution to any problem, then the result will be a positive change of righteousness. Deut. 30:19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
As the Proverb says, “With good advice make war.” We are to fight the good fight of faith and with the Holy Spirit as our counselor directing our battle plan, we will win the war set before us because Jesus has overcome the world. John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.