Since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds (2 Cor 10.4, HCSB)

Paul likes to use the symbology and language of war because—unlike the trite use of it today in which we are seemingly at war with everything—in the life of the Christian we really are at war.  It is a war in which either one side will win, or the other.  There cannot be peace; there cannot be a truce; it is a mighty conflict in which either God wins or his enemies win.  I’m on God’s side.  If his enemies won’t lay down their weapons and turn in their arms and give up their rebellion against his reign and authority, then I hope they are destroyed.  There can be no peace with the forces of darkness.

The purpose of our warfare against Satan and sin and all the spiritual forces that align with Satan is the demolition of strongholds.  It is to win!  In a weird way, God has given us responsibility for the battle—with his weapons, with his sustaining power—that we might fight against the plans of Satan, weak and conflicted and pathetic as we are, God still chooses to use us in this grand, all-encompassing, battle to the death.

Here’s the thing.  We already know that God wins.  As individual soldiers we are called to faithfulness in the battle, not to worry about the outcome.  The outcome is God’s responsibility, the individual battle is our responsibility.

Press on, dear reader.  Demolish strongholds, in God’s power, with God’s weapons, but this is one time in life in which you [we!] are free to become a wrecking ball for God.

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