For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
2 Corinthians 10:3 NIV
Yesterday we observed Remembrance Day across Canada. Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. It is one of the most somber days on the Canadian calendar, and properly so. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Since sin first entered into the world mankind has been working on perfecting the weapons of war. We have come a long way since men clubbed and speared our enemies to death. Now we have weapons of mass destruction and enough atomic bomb power to pretty much wipe all life from the planet. The kingdoms of the world fight wars this way, but the kingdom of God has weapons that are far different. The apostle Paul writes this in 2 Corinthians 10:3: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.” We followers of Jesus are involved in a war – a war fought in the spiritual realm against the powers of darkness. The weapons we use are powerful – the word of God, prayer, fasting, worship, fellowship. With them we overcome evil, say no to temptation, and walk in victory each and every day. But we need to take up the weapons. We lose every time we fail to do so. Stay in God’s word every day, pray without ceasing, take time to fast, fill your home, your car, your earbuds with praise music, and fellowship often with other believers. You will be victorious.
These have been words from the heart.