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Life is War
Monday, February 29, 2016 by Dr. Ron Susek

Life is War
by Ron Susek
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      Every person of sound mind loathes war. In reality, however, all of life is war. If you do not understand that, you will lie bloodied on the sidelines wondering what happened. For instance, the very elements that help sustain your body while it is vibrant and strong, will devour it when you are weak.
     Take gravity as another example. It is your friend if both feet are on the ground. It does not crush you, nor does it let you drift into space. But step over a cliff and it suddenly becomes your enemy, plunging you to your death.
     War meets us on the first pages of the Bible in the Garden of Eden as Satan cunningly subjects mankind to his evil authority. Not many pages later we find Cain killing his brother Abel. After that, many stories unfold, revealing wars between Israel and Judah, as well as with pagan nations.
     We read of amazing victories by God's hand when people like David and Hezekiah cried out to their God. And God did not simply slap violators on the wrist; He destroyed armies with breathtaking power. When Israel disobeyed, war was often used to discipline her, resulting in death and slavery.
     The New Testament is ablaze with images of war--spiritual war, that is. You find terms like fight, run, wrestle, endure, count the cost, stand firm, fight the good fight and overcome. You will read of Jesus warning of the coming destruction of Israel, to say nothing of an eternal hell. Jesus is seen hanging on the cross to destroy the works of the devil, overcome the world and redeem mankind.
     The pages of Revelation are aflame with "shock and awe" scenes as the world devolves into conflagration and destruction. The final scene before the cosmic restoration is Earth melting in fervent heat (see 2 Peter 3).
     Intercessors experience the horrors of spiritual war. They stand between the powers of light and darkness to intercede for the souls of mankind. The battles in the arena of intercession are so severe that we are taught to put on the whole armor of God first, then engage in ". . . praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak" (Ephesians 6:18-20).
     The greatest need in the world today is for Christians to stand firm in the midst of fiery battles, establishing the victory of the cross. Such people are the heroes of faith who will bend their knee only to God, lay down their sword only at His throne and rise to wear the crowns of reward. And like Daniel, they emerge from the lions' den without a scratch. Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, they emerge from the fiery furnace without even the smell of smoke. Intercessors enter the arena of prayer, not to be overcome, but to overcome the enemy.
     Life is war. Spiritual battles are fought in the arena of intercessory prayer. While these scenes are too sacred for worldly eyes, the world will see the outcome! So, press on and do not give up!
 
Immanuel: God is with you!
Your friend,

Ron

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