God’s very nature is seen in how He does war. Ever notice? Jesus, for example, removed His crown (humility)to come and rescue us. When He got here and was challenged by Satan in the wilderness,Jesus spoke Words of Truth, in context, or with integrity. (Contrary-wise, His opponent misused words of truth by taking them out of context, hoping to deceive and then, be worshiped.)
After healing, restoring, teaching and feeding multitudes, (serving) Jesus further humbled Himself by accepting abuse and being labeled “criminal.” Unbeknownst to that father of lies, Jesus would overcome every enemy by going through death,defeating death itself. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” Now, He generously distributes His victorious power to those who will “partner” with Him, through Holy Spirit. (That Holy aspect is vital.)
Paul and Silas are two of those partners written about in Acts 16:16-40. Imagine midnight in jail with pray-ers and singers whose worship shakes foundations, throws iron doors open and breaks off shackles! Flabbergasted audience, no doubt! Alas! ” If God is for you, who can be against you?” Romans 8:31… He is worthy to be praised, my beloved….And the results are staggering!!
A few other weapons that are contrary to our “natural” mind, are found listed in that famous Sermon on Mount of Olives. Matthew 5:44 offers one challenging consideration: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. ” In essence, The Golden Rule sums it up nicely, Matthew 7:12 . “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”
Our wonderful God fights with love, kind words, generosity, serving others even though unworthy.
What if each of us, in privacy, praised Him from our deepest inner being? Consider this,
- Sing Him a personalized list of reasons of why you love Him.
- Go back through history and recount times He rescued.
- Let’s not hurry…instead…linger
- Find passages of scripture, read slowly and chew…chew more….let. it. sink. in….digest…. and enjoy His sweetness, presence and peace.
Sometimes I write Him poetry after chewing on His words. Here is one, meant to inspire you to consider doing something similar, if so led.
In Luke 6:27b-28a, Jesus basically says to love your enemies -those who detest, pursue, hate and even curse you…he says invoke blessing and pray for their happiness… (Helper, Holy Spirit prompted this poem from me)
This Kingdom concept seems rather foreign; Making needful Your love, freely flowin’
Fill my heart and mind, fully flood my soul, burn away all chaff, ’til You’ve made me whole.
You love all mankind, former enemies included, thank You for removing areas soiled and polluted.
Only when aligned and unified can we together say, “All has been forgiven, completely washed away.”
Now freely bless and prosper on this and all successive days, my enemies and persecutors in Your most extravagant ways!
We can, individually, unify though in separate quarters, offering worship and enjoying our Beloved. Who knows which chains may crumble and what doors may open! His will be done and mighty kingdom come!
P.S. I was introduced to women warriors today via pod cast with host Candy Bryan who offers several messages a week to inspire women to attain their best for His glory!