How about our thoughts?

We must understand that words are very powerful things.  If we speak of war we will be at war.  As a man speaks so he is or it is.  How about our thoughts?  Jesus said that our thoughts will also create our realities.  Therefore, if we think we are at war than we have in fact created a war.  Wow!  So are we not also living by the sword which is in fact symbolic of the fight we have unwittingly entered into?

It is far from wise to pray for victory in battle when we could much more easily pray for no battle at all.  We are asked in the New Testament to turn the other cheek.  Avoid fighting and become negotiators of peace.  As we concentrate on war, fighting, anger and rage we will bring more of the same into our lives.  Jesus is love!

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9 NIV)

Even when we refer to ourselves as prayer warriors we tap into the emotions associated with struggle and battle.  Wouldn’t it be wise to be more precise in our prayers instead of sending them off like machine gun fire?  Round after round we shoot the same prayer out of the barrel over and again.  Why would we do such a thing unless we did not understand our connection to God and how prayer works?  God knows our desires before we even ask.  It is not necessary to repeat the same request time and again.  Instead thank God for continuing to facilitate our prayers.  Repetitive prayer shows a lack of faith and disbelief.  In this we tell God that we don’t believe the prayer is being answered.

 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.  (Matthew 21:22 KJV)

What type of battle would Jesus fight?  It is a fact that in the four gospels love is mentioned in seventy five scriptures, peace in twenty three and war is mentioned once.  The reason is clear.  Jesus knew that living by the sword would create negative situations and bring forth bad fruit.

Knowing this, it is not necessary, counterproductive and ludicrous to go into battle, wage war and fight the good fight.  By just saying these words and summoning the emotions associated with them we seal our fate.

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.  (Matthew 26:52 NIV)

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Christian Warriors

When did the followers of Christ, the original peace maker, suddenly get the idea that they should be warriors?  This is insane!  Jesus was the furthest thing from a fighter, warrior or soldier of any kind.

He came to bring peace not to make war.  Jesus came to this world to enlighten us and to save us.  There is no battle here other than the one in our own mind.  What could it be that we are fighting for when our Father in heaven is all knowing and all powerful?  Any fight under these circumstances would be terribly one sided.  This is especially true since the Son of man told us specifically that He will do whatever we ask as long as it glorifies the Father.

The only time that Jesus ever mentioned anything to the contrary was to exemplify the inevitable transformation that would take place in the hearts of man.  He would cut from us the worldly things and bless us with Spirit.  Love would reign and the old would be left behind.  It was to free us from all these worldly constraints and make us available for God.

“Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me. (Matthew 10:34 MSG)