Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Clash of Kingdoms

This world is the battle ground of a great cosmic war. Satan and the Kingdom of Darkness are trying their best to lay waste to God’s great creation. God and the Kingdom of Light are restoring creation. In this war you on one side of the other. You cannot remain neutral. The way you live determines whether or not you are a soldier of Satan bringing destruction to the wonderful creation God has given us or a servant of the Living God working as an agent of reconciliation and restoration. You either belong to the Kingdom of Darkness or the Kingdom of Light.

I realize that it seems a little dramatic to use war language, after all it sure doesn’t feel like a way. There are no bullets flying and no D-Day invasions happening so it is easy to believe that our lives aren’t part of this war being fought in the heavenlies. But I think if we really took the time to examine our lives we would realize that the only explanation for the evil in the world, the oppressive regimes, and the twisted thoughts and philosophies being promoted is that there is an active campaign against the Sovereign God and His creation.

The apostle Paul wrote of this conflict in his second letter to the Corinthian Christians. This is what he wrote 2 Corinthians 10:3-5:
{3}Of course, we are living in the flesh, but we do not fight in a fleshly way. {4} For the weapons of our warfare are not those of the flesh. Instead, they have the power of God to demolish fortresses. We tear down arguments {5}and every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive in order to obey Christ. (ISV)

In this passage Paul provides us with a principle to remember. - Vs. 3
We may be human and living in these bodies of flesh, but that doesn’t mean we fight this war in the same way wars are fought amongst each other. This is a different type of fight and it isn’t about killing and destroying other people. It is about bringing God’s love and restoration to the world. This war requires different tactics and different weapons.

This War of Kingdoms should not be equated with the “culture war” that is being fought in this country. We are not at war with the atheist, the Muslim, or the Hindu but with those things that keep them in bondage to sin and death. Sure other people will oppose us because they have been tricked into serving the enemy, but our fight is not with them but with the Kingdom that keeps them in darkness.

In order to fight this war Paul tells us that God has given us a provision to use. - Vs. 4
The weapons God has given us are different from the guns, swords, missiles, and bombs used in our warfare. They are even different from the propaganda and slander that are used to fight the “culture war” that is being fought through the media.

Jesus provided us with two great weapons for this war. These weapons are unconditional love and revealed truth. When we love unconditionally the result will be hatred from those people who want to see other remained oppressed. When we speak the simple truth of God we will be labeled as intolerant and ignorant by those who rather live a lie. Yet for those searching for real life the love of God and the truth of His word will be beacons of light penetrating the darkness.

Paul also provides us with a procedure to follow. - Vs. 5
In this war we are not to attack our fellow man, but to attack the philosophies and lifestyles that hold people in darkness. When we insist on attacking other people it shows that we are not following God’s battle plan for this war and are willing to use the weapons of the flesh to achieve victory.

The only way we can free people from the control of the Kingdom of Darkness is to level the light of God’s Word at the lies Satan has given to mankind and to love people so they can realize that there is a better way to live. People will not abandon their kingdom until they understand that God’s Kingdom is the best kingdom. They will not leave their way of living until they know that following Jesus is the best way to live.

We are in the middle of the clash of kingdoms. This cosmic war is being fought, not over physical territory, but for the human heart. It is of the up most importance that we learn to guard our hearts and enter the battle to fight for the hearts of those we love, for those people Jesus died to save. It is time to go to battle. Let’s follow Jesus to victory.

1 comment:

kip152 said...

It's kind of scary to hear people follow the rantings of these "holy men of old" who say they are speaking for God. Today, a person like Paul would be locked away in a mental institution, yet millions live and btreathe what he and his friends wrote. I just don't get it.

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