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War and Peace
by wendy coleman
05/18/13
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The Enemy of our souls builds wars on the bases of "I am right", which creates a grid lock. When the grids lock is present it creates division which is great because no one will come down off of the pedestal of "right" to stand on the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. The preference is to win the war. The book of James tells us of how wars are started, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:1-4 KJV)

With the opinion of “ I am right” being elevated on the pedestal, it overshadows the stand of righteousness and moves Christ out of his rightful position as Lord. In division, the enemy is able to breed all of his works of evil. Whereas, God has a righteous standard which is higher than an opinion of what is right and wrong and If we would lower our opinions for the mind of Christ the results would be for the greater good of all. Jesus, who had every right to be right, said I come not to condemn but completed the righteousness of God instead in all he did.

John the Baptist demonstrated this standard of righteousness when he was approached by the Pharisees about Jesus Baptizing more than he had baptized. There, the enemy was attempting to start a war, John could have responded in an unrighteousness manner, yet his response was, "I must decrease so that he will increase." John and Jesus were cousins only months apart in age. John, who was from his birth doing the will and work of God, could have fed into the war further simply by his response.

In the world’s system, John should have been the one who was promoted. Jesus was just beginning his ministry and was baptized by John himself. Nonetheless, John knew his mission and calling from God and when the time came, he was able to humble himself and allow the light of Christ to shine. He further said of himself said, “I am not the light but have come to bear witness of the light.” If we would lower our "rights" to stand on the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus as opposed to the necessity of winning, then the light of Christ would shine forth in a dark and dreary land.


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