This Christian life is such a paradox. We are called to war but we are called to peace. Being in Jesus brings us peace but also puts us at war. He is our peace. He is our protection.
The biggest battlefront is that of the mind. If we are not constantly building ourselves up in the most holy faith, in the Word of God, and taking every thought captive, we quickly find ourselves prisoners of our own thoughts. And we lose our peace. When we have the most peace is when we are fighting a good fight – having the mind of Christ, casting down anything that exalts itself above the knowledge of God and remembering we fight not against flesh and blood.
Praise God when we are held captive, Our God has provided a way of escape and that He is the God of all grace. We fall down – we get up.
2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
2Cor 10:5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the goodconfession in the presence of many witnesses.
2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
[ Faith Triumphs in Trouble ] Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
[ Christ Our Peace ] For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
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and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.