Dec. 3, 2016

Waging War the Lamb’s Way

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)

When we consider both the nature of the real enemy and the weapons of our warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5), overcoming the forces which make war on us can never be accomplished by earthly military might or by political power, no “… not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6b). Victory is accomplished Jesus’ way, which is “upside down” from that of the world.

What it boils down to is that the Lamb’s warfare is in no way the path of retaliation or vindictiveness. Jesus says to Peter, even as He is being arrested, “Put your sword back in its place, Jesus said to him. “For all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Are you not aware that I can call on My Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:52,53) But He did not choose legions of angels!

Jesus made it clear that this was neither the time nor the place to take things into conflict mode, on the defensive, for it was time for the mystery of the cross to unfold - hidden “wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Corinthians 2:8). It was the moment to utterly surrender to the Father’s will!

This begs the question, where is my kingdom? Do I stand with Him, His way, against the forces of darkness and confess, “My kingdom is not of this world”? Or am I more interested in the trends and thinking of the times? What’s the message I’m communicating: “Give me Jesus”, or “Give me Barabbas”? 

Jesus makes it clear that if we fight fire with fire, we just get a bigger fire.

Jesus, the Lamb of God, tells us to pray for those who hate us, for our enemies. Our own heart and attitude can change dramatically when praying for our enemies, in simple obedience to Jesus. Sometimes people look for feelings of goodwill toward “enemies” to come first, but that's not usually how it works on a natural level. 

In obedience to our Lord, praying for our enemies in spite of feelings, might we experience a change of heart toward them? This seems impossible to the human mind, but with God, are not all things possible?

We may need to understand that our “warfare” must be directed toward the proper target - the darkness that has “the enemy” in its grip. What we may discover is that, on the level of one human being to another, there really is no enemy.

Jesus was not advocating for being a doormat. He instead teaches us how to take the battle up to a far higher level than the human exercise of an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth.

May His be the victory, first of all within us, as - by the power of His Spirit - we relate to all with His attitude!