What Is This War About


The other night, I was having coffee with a guy I disciple. We are going through my book Faith Debugged (his request) and we were talking over the first chapter on the Armor of God. He asked me a very pointed question. I was taken back at first because of the profoundness of it but quickly realized how simple the answer was.

“If we are at war, what is this war about. I mean I never felt I was at war until I gave my life to Christ.”

There are two sides of this war and they both have a very different fighting style. God’s style of fighting is not a pushy one. It’s a fighting style that eagerly chases you out of love. It’s one that throws mercy and forgiveness at you in hope that you might see just how much He cares for you. It’s a fighting style that says, come to me you weary, jaded, soaked up, beat down one and I will give you rest. There is no condemnation. There is no casting you away. There is no deceitfulness. He desires to love you and be loved by you. His style of fighting is style that wins over your heart rather than tear you apart.

Satan’s style of fighting is much more grueling. He doesn’t care for you. He doesn’t love you. He doesn’t want anything to do with you other than to use you to get at God because he doesn’t care for God more than he doesn’t care for you. It ‘s pushy. He’s bossy. He’s deceitful. He’s cunning. He’s tricky. He lies. But most of all, he wants to hate on God and anyway he can do it, even if that means using you to get to him. He doesn’t mind strapping a bomb to his faithful follower in order to blow up his enemy.

Satan doesn’t fight with rules. God does.

Satan wants to destroy and God wants to give life.

So before we gave God our devotion, Satan had us right where he wanted us and although God was our enemy at the time, there was no friction in our lives because God doesn’t fight that way. He simple says, “Here I am. I love you. Will you worship me.” Each day was a reminder that his love outweighs our needs. But our enemy, God, wasn’t being pushy about it.

The moment we accept who God is and His forgiveness and love towards us, then we have made enemies with what once was our “friend”. Because Satan doesn’t fight like God, now we experience friction. Now we experience the fire in the fight. We experience something causing us pain. Satan will do all he can to get us to regret our decision. But since our decision to be a Christ follower, he steps up his game to hurt God more and in the process make it as uncomfortable for us as he can and what better way than to tempt us to worship ourselves.

What is this war about?

It’s about our worship. God wants our worship. Satan doesn’t want us to worship God and what sin really does in us is makes us lovers of ourselves. Satan tries to manipulate that so that we’d become self worshipers and not God worshipers.

God created us to worship Him. Satan tempts us to worship us. Just as he had tempted Adam and Eve to be like God, knowing good and evil, he tempts us with self-godliness. Self righteousness. Just as Satan thought he could be greater, he tempts us with the same attitude.

God on the other hand shows us why He is worthy of our worship. In His image He created us. He died for us. He suffered for us. He bought us with His blood. His peace He give us. His love, He surrounds us. His mercy, He pours out on us. His grace, He affords us.

We are at war, a spiritual war that needs to be fought and not ran from.  This war is about our worship. There will be a winner. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

2 Responses to What Is This War About

  1. Today it felt like Satan was winning the war. Throwing his fire darts at the chinks in my armor. Then I got some ammunition from a song you played on Sunday. Our God by Chris Tomlin. Because “if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us. And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.” Satan may get his shots in, but Jesus has already won the war in my heart.

    • Kevin Riner says:

      There’s a song I used to sing with my pastor years ago called Already Won The War. It’s a southern gospel song. The lyrics say we may lose a battle now and then but we’ve already won the war. Songs can be powerful. That’s why I love leading worship.

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