The Lord teaches us to war and fight? How is that? He tells us in His word that there is a time for war and a time for peace. But God hates violence. He is a God of peace. So what does it mean that He teaches our hands to war?
Sadly, because of the presence of sin in the world, there is hatred, fighting and wars. But the "physical" wars, fighting and opposition are not our real battles. Conflict, opposition and fighting between races, cultures and religion is only the result of a "greater" battle, one that is not physical but spiritual in nature. "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." This is the war and battles that the Lord teaches us how to fight, and how to fight it the right way.
He teaches us to identify the enemy. The enemy is not "flesh and blood". It is not each other-- regardless of our differences. It is principalities, unseen powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness. Learn who your real enemy is.
He teaches us how to fight that enemy. "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit." Not in our own strength, power and ability but through Him.
He equips us with weapons then teaches us how to use them. "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds."
We are in a very real battle although we can't see our enemy with our physical eyes. But it is real none the less. And it is a battle that we can win if we will allow the Lord to teach us that it is not a battle against flesh and blood, and how to fight it through the spirit with what He has made available to us.
Have a great day. The Lord teaches us the right way to fight.
For further reading:
2 Corinthians 10:4
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