If You Want Peace, Prepare For War

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12

I have a Latin adage posted in my pray closet – SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM.

It means, “If you want peace, prepare for war.” I’ve thought long and hard about that statement. If a country desires peace they must have an army, armed and prepared, to protect its citizens from those who desire to overtake it.

Soldiers rigorously train for battles they may never face, in order to keep their country secure and safe. But what happens to a country when its army is ill-equipped, poorly trained and undisciplined? It is left vulnerable to attack. In order for peace to be achieved a country has to be ready for war in every way.

During my 9-week Army Basic Training my drill sergeants wanted our platoon to be the very best at everything we did. That meant that every man had to be excellent. If one member fell behind, they all would pay the price. My platoon would drill 8-9 hours straight in order to achieve best platoon in drilling. They were right on track for taking first place for top platoon overall but when they got to the rifle range something happened – our shooting was off and we finished in second place. Their drill sergeant lined them up in their barracks and began to scream and yell at  us for taking second place. He was so mad that he took our second place trophy and threw it out the window! Literally! And then he said,

There is no second place in war! You are either first or you’re dead!”

As followers of Christ, we are in a war! We have an enemy that hungers for our souls and preys on our weaknesses. He seems to find all the places that we are vulnerable, or ill equipped. One of his best tactics is to get Christians to think they are at peace when they really are at war, to catch them unprepared and untrained for battle.

We need to be prepared for the battle. We cannot let down our guard, we must be strong and alert! But what does that look like in our life as a follower of Christ? We must train just like a soldier does – we need to learn God’s Word and be ready to use it. Jesus used Scripture in defeating Satan when he was tempted. We need to not just read it but apply it to our lives. God’s word needs to be an integral part of our everyday life!

We must develop our relationship with God. We need to know who He is so that we can place our trust in Him even when we don’t understand what’s happening or can’t see the way. The Bible calls us to walk by faith. Notice that in the first part of those verses it says that we are to be strong in the Lord and that we are to draw our strength from Him. We cannot do it on our own – we need His power, His strength and His might.

If you want peace in your life as a Christian, you must prepare for the battle.

Father, My strength is in You alone. When I am tempted to believe that I can handle this on my own, gently remind me that the battle is Yours. Help me to faithfully study Your word so that I can know You better. Amen

Are you aware and ready to fight spiritual battles in your life?

*Resource(s)/Photo:  Kristi Huseby
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One thought on “If You Want Peace, Prepare For War

  1. Take the fight to ALL of them:

    Matthew 28:18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19. Therefore GO and make disciples of ALL nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20. teaching them to OBEY EVERYTHING i have COMMANDED you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

    This is what our Lord Jesus is telling us in this verse. He said GO and make disciples of ALL nations, baptizing THEM. As a Soldier of Christ for Christ we must obey his Command as our Father honoring his leadership of being like him to the least of them and raising them to be Soldiers of Christ.

    My Brothers and Sisters in Christ GO, GO and GO again take the fight to the streets, in your office, in stores, in our Churches, in our homes. Take the fight to them with Bible in hand loaded with the Spirit, have no fear and fear no one.

    Thank you all for the posted article that I had just read on this web site. We need to fight the battle in the internet as well. God is real, He live, I know this in the ways he has guided me, saved me, loved me and walked with me in the valley.

    GO, GO and keep GOING until the Lord comes to take his Soldiers home!

    God Bless you all SOC & S4C. Stay vigilant, be strong and on guard. Guard your heart. Encourage one another as the day is long.

    E.Smith.

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