What Team Are You For?

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The College Football Season has finally ended, the NFL playoffs are underway—how’d your team do? Did they make a bowl game?  Did they make and win a playoff game? Did or will your team win the top ranked game? What if I told you we are all on another team fighting in a war?  What if I told you not all of us are fighting on the same team in this war?

Briefly, let us look at 3 things:

 

This War is a Spiritual War and We are All In This War.

This is not a physical war in which there are physical casualties; this is a spiritual war with spiritual causalities—causalities that are eternal.  Paul writes, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

This war is very much real.  We can choose to ignore it, but that doesn’t make it any less real.  We can choose to not pick up a weapon, but that doesn’t remove us from the war.  In this war, we either choose to fight on the Lord’s side and live a life of godliness, or we can choose to fight against the Lord alongside of the Devil living a life of worldliness.  “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4).  We cannot fight for God while living worldly.  We cannot be double agents.

 

We Need to Prepare for Battle

Once we realize the reality of this war, we need to prepare for battle.  How can we prepare for battle?  Paul writes in Ephesians 6 exactly what we must do.  “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11 emphasis added).

If this war isn’t physical, what is this armor is he talking about? In the following verses (14-17) Paul explains. ”Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

 

God Will Win

Even though this war will get difficult we must remember that God will win.  “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).  If we are on God’s side, nothing unless we allow it can defeat us.

In Revelation we are given a glimpse at what the victory the faithful will receive. “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’

And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ And he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death’” (Revelation 21:3-8).

What will you receive on the last day: A drink from the spring of the water of life or a second death?  This is the only war that matters.  What team are you fighting on?