Saturday, June 30, 2007

Do you have a wartime mentality?

True Christianity involves serious warfare. The Christian life is not just a "walk", it is also a "war". It is a war against the flesh, the world, and the devil. This war is a daily reality. The question is, are you living like it is peace-time or war-time? Do you have a wartime mentality? Or, do you actually think it is possible to make peace with your flesh, the world, and the devil? If so, think again. This war only allows for victory or defeat. If you are not fighting, then you are more than likely already a prisoner of war or worse a casualty. Oh, and in this war there are no neutral parties. You can't opt out of this one.

The Bible clearly depicts the Christian life as a battle:
"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life." "Endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand." "Do not think that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace but a sword." "He who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." "Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." "War a good warfare; holding faith, and a good conscience"

For a better understanding of the Christian wartime mentality, please read J.C. Ryle's "True Christianity is a fight." This is a fantastic read.

Related posts on Slice of Laodicia and Drell's Descants.

2 comments:

Kelsey said...

Not to argue, but our battle isn't against the world. The ways of the world, absolutely. But don't forget John 3:17. Or 1 Corinthians 5:9-13.
"I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people-- not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler--not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. 'Purge the evil person from among you.'"

Let us not fight battles that we need not. It is not the world at large we fight, but the love of it's ways.

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