The last few weeks have been rough, haven’t they? No matter where you look, the world is in a state of conflict. International headlines are filled with the conflict in Israel, threats from new enemies (ISIS), as well as threats from old enemies (Russia.) At home, the situation in Ferguson has stoked the fires of racial division.
A few minutes on the CNN page can leave a person fearful, angry, disheartened or just plain numb.
But, the headlines only tell part of the story. What we see on earth is a reflection of what is happening in the spirit realm. There is an even greater war raging, and each of us will have to decide how we are going to respond.
The Danger Of Disengagement
War is a difficult topic, because warfare always carries a cost. In America, it seems that we have reached a point of war-weariness. For the first time in 50 years, the majority of Americans believe that we need to mind our own business when it comes to international involvement. The common refrain is, “Let the world take care of itself. We just need to worry about what’s happening here.”
I understand the weariness, but it concerns me.
I fear that our generation has become so disenchanted with the wars we have experienced as a nation that we now shun war of any kind. That’s dangerous.
If we cry “peace” when God is saying it’s time to war, we are setting ourselves up for disaster because the enemy will never stop coming.
Do you remember the movie, The Terminator? I still remember how I felt the first time I saw the ending! No matter what they did to try to stop him, the Terminator JUST KEPT COMING.
Listen to this quote from one of the main characters, Kyle Reese, describing the Terminator:
Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.
That’s our enemy. He will never stop. You can take a break from the battle, but he never stops coming. When we disengage, the results are disastrous. Hoping the world gets better won’t make it better. It only changes when we engage in the fight.
Why do we resist warfare?
Weariness comes when we fight wars that we weren’t supposed to fight.
A look back at recent history shows that we got involved in Iraq based on confused intelligence. It seemed right at the time, but when the fog of confusion lifted, we were embroiled in a war of great cost that accomplished very little. As a result, we’ve embraced disengagement.
The same thing happens in spiritual warfare. The spirit of religion will draw you into wars you’re not called to fight. If you get involved in battles that God hasn’t called you to, you’re operating outside of His will and protection. You’ll find yourself beat down emotionally, battling darkness in your own strength.
In the church, we fight over the very issues that give us power…tongues, deliverance, spiritual warfare, Holy Spirit. All things that would enable us to defeat our enemy; all things that the enemy uses to pit us against each other.
Don’t you find that interesting?
When it comes to our engagement with the world, we’re known more for what we are against than for what we are for.
On the personal side, rejection causes us to chase our tails in needless emotional battles. Listening to conflicting voices takes us into warfare we were never intended for. Eventually, we grow so weary that we have no appetite to engage in the battles He has called us to.
Weariness also comes from the wounds we have endured in previous battles.
Experiencing a defeat can make you gun shy. If you haven’t dealt with the wounds of your past battles, you’ll do whatever you can to avoid conflict. You even start making truces with the enemy…”If you leave me alone, I’ll leave you alone.”
Remember the Terminator?
You can bargain all day long… he never keeps his end of the bargain. In fact, he’ll use your point of weakness to further isolate you from your purpose.
I know this first hand. Several years ago, I went through a very difficult season.
My husband and I had received a prophetic word about having a baby. Sometime later, I got pregnant and we were so excited to start the family that God had promised. Shortly into the pregnancy, we discovered that our baby had severe birth defects. We were devastated, but began to ask God to heal her. After 5 months of fighting, we lost our baby girl in a stillbirth. A year or so later, I lost another baby.
We were absolutely devastated. After all, we were people of faith…people that warred…and we lost. We even had a prophetic word!
What do you do with that?
I remember so clearly calling a truce. My ministry involved a lot of spiritual warfare and I remember the moment I decided to disengage. I was numb and I needed a break. I was still living, sort of going through the motions, but I wasn’t fighting anymore. I stopped being what I was called to be, because the fight had produced a fear and a numbness I couldn’t get past.
We all have to step back from time to time, but we can’t stay there. Eventually, you have to get back into the battle. It took me awhile to resolve what had happened, but eventually I got back up. I was gun shy…even about trying to have a baby. What would happen if I started to fight again?
Looking back, I can’t imagine what life would be like if I have agreed with fear. I wouldn’t have my beautiful daughter, Mya. I look back on that battle and the prophetic words that have been spoken over Mya and I know that part of what we endured was a war over her destiny. God has great things for her and a big part of our battle was a war over her birth.
I still have to battle with fear when I step into warfare. My destiny is tied to helping other warriors like you find your place in the battle. I know that doing so brings more warfare to my door, but I also know that I can’t allow my fear to cause me to disengage. I have to keep fighting. So do you.
Wrapping It Up
There are things that God is trying to birth through you. Don’t let weariness or disengagement stop you from moving forward.
How do you feel about warfare? Where has God called you to fight? Can you identify any issues that may be holding you back from engaging? Has something from your past caused you to step back? Don’t let the past steal your future. Remember, some things will only happen because you choose to fight.