Who are you at war with?

Written by John Holt

World magazine reported the story of a man named Timothy who is fighting a war with his cable company.  He is suing the company, claiming they have turned his entire family into lazy channel surfers against their will.  His story is that he told the cable company to suspend his service.  So, they stopped billing him, but forgot to discontinue the service.  He says that this has resulted in a TV addiction that has harmed his family.  He is quoted as saying, “I believe the reason I smoke and drink every day and my wife is overweight is because we watched TV every day for the last four years.”  

In a media interview he displayed the culprit for all to see: his remote cable control that has caused a family addiction. Here’s the clincher: He will drop the complaint and lawsuit in exchange for free lifetime cable and internet service from the cable company.

Is Timothy going to war against the real enemy?  Is it possible to be at war, but be fighting for the wrong things?

Sometimes, in the church, we are ready to go to war but against the wrong people or things!  Sometimes in life, we are fighting the wrong war or in the wrong way!

Some questions: What is worth fighting for?  Are there things in your life that matter so much, are of such lasting value, that have eternity connected to them; that are worth fighting for?   Is your future or the future of your children worth fighting for?  Is the health of your marriage worth fighting for?  Is the advancement of God’s Kingdom and our church worth fighting for?  Are the souls of the lost in your family and community worth fighting for?  What war are you fighting?  

You cannot read the Bible without discovering that God and Satan are at war.  

Ephesians 6:12, “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.”

Are there evil spirits?  In our pride-filled age of reason, science, and technology, we are inclined to not take the devil seriously.  

What does the Bible say about all this war?  Let me say that the Bible never suggests that we keep our eyes on the devil and be looking for him behind every tree or behind every problem.  The Bible tells us to keep our eyes on Jesus and to be aware of the devil’s schemes so that we don’t get ensnared by him.

Why should we fight?  Because he is fighting against us!  If we don’t resist him by drawing near to God, we will not gain the victories that God wants to give us!  

How will we win?  Ephesians 6:17 – 18 tells us: “God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.  In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.  Pray hard and long.  Pray for your brothers and sisters.  Keep your eyes open.  Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”  (MSG)

There is a war going on around us and God is calling us to rise up and do battle. We believe there are some good things God wants to do in this world, and some good things God wants to do in our community, and some good things God wants to do in our in lives, our families, our marriages, and our church…and it’s worth fighting for!

Remember, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.  Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and He will come near to you.”  James 4:6 – 8

John Holt and his wife Kathe have served in pastoral ministry for over 45 years. In this semi-retired season of his life, he enjoys teaching, mission trips, writing, camping, and reading. He and his wife have three children and nine grandchildren.