Against me evil shall not stand, before me evil shall fall. I do not fear the darkness nor the storm, His hand shall stay me—strengthen me, guide me. I fear no one, I am the warrior.
I want to delve into a topic that has been on my mind for a couple of weeks now and that is trying to get a grasp on the reality of the war that we are in, a war in which we are called to be warriors. It is a war and a position that was never meant to be, God did not create us and this world with the intention of having to see us through storm after storm as we fight off the onslaught of evil at every turn.
When God was done creating he declared “it is good.” Then he gave us dominion over it and we allowed it to be stolen away from us when we chose to listen to the enemy, to Satan over the creator. We were not meant to live in a constant state of war, in a world that is in a state of decay.
But that is what creation has become because of the free will he gave to those of his creation who had the capacity to discern right from wrong, obedience from disobedience. Because evil was too often chosen over good, a strife inevitably arose; death against life.
But because God is love, and life, he could not leave us defenseless so he put in us the capacity to fight for what is right, and then he took the additional step of winning the bigger war for us, life overcoming death through the cross of Jesus Christ, but the battles and the storms still go on as the world continues pretending or ignoring that victory and the God who offers the spoils of that victory, life, not just life but abundant life in every sense of the word.
But not all the world remains ignorant, all who have chosen to believe are given the gift of faith, the ability to find joy, strength and hope in a thing we cannot see or touch, even when the evil around us still seems so powerful and pervasive. In short, we have the Kingdom of God residing in our hearts even while we are living in a world still ruled largely by darkness. But, just by virtue of who we are and who lives in us, we are light, so we do not need to fear the darkness.
But do we—do we fear the dark?
And that is what I have been thinking about and in reality, what I have been trying to get across to my church for years; that we have nothing to fear from the enemy, we have nothing to fear from this world, if we really understand who we are and who our God is. That’s where the warrior thing comes in. No one wants to have to fight, fighting is not good but because we were created for good, to do good works, and by a good God, when the bad comes against us or those we love, that intense love for the good that lies within us rises up with a passion and a fury that says ‘no! You cannot destroy what God has given me, you cannot destroy what God has entrusted to me. You cannot hurt those I love.’
Thus you become the warrior of a necessity. Just as surely as the American soldier goes to foreign lands and lays down his or her life, even taking lives, to protect the good land and people he loves and cherishes. Not because of a desire to do violence, but because of a passion, a deep seated driving need to protect what is innocent and good. A good soldier who willingly fights for what is right knows that if a sacrifice is not made, their will soon be nothing left worth fighting for.
So it is with all those who love the Lord, those who know that if the truth is not defended, if we do not stand strong in our faith and defy the tempest, there will be nothing left for God to say of—It is good.
Victors or victims?
So, tentative warriors, I have to ask you: Are you living a life of fear or a life of confidence? That is the question we need to ask ourselves to determine whether we are the conquerors or the vanquished, the victors or the victims, the warriors or the cowards.
Storms will come, hard times, troubles, persecutions, heartaches—they will come, or they are already here. What do you do with them, what do they do to you? Do they cause you unbearable anguish or is your heart still good. Do they cause you to run or hide away in fear or do you face them head on knowing that whatever it is, it can only be temporary because in the end your God is still in control, still on the throne and you are his child.
You represent him, but more than that, you carry his very Spirit within you—how can you possibly loose, how can you possibly be overcome? —you can’t.
Unless you run or cower in fear, even then your defeat is only temporary, your victory postponed because in the end good will always triumph, love conquers all and our God is both of those things. God has already won the victory through Jesus Christ, He made a mockery of the devil and his demons and nullified his power over us—all he has left is fear and lies—the lies he tells us to get us to live in fear because, truth be told, he- fears- us.
14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. (nullified the charges) And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Col 2:14—15
“No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”