Archangel Michael casts out the arrogant angel...
Archangel Michael casts out the arrogant angels. Illustration by Gustave Doré, 1866. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All the creation struggles in the wisdom of war. Every animal eats something else, and for every growth, something has died. Wolves eat bunnies. Big fish eat little fish. Even plants grow in the decay of their ancestors. The heavens themselves rumble to the clash of armies, by the sagacity of God. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.

The noise of war has scorched every age, and hailed from every place. It is confederate with every hope and has conspired with every blessing. God invented war.The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. Every contest flows from his pleasure, while the earth turns to the tactical drama of God. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

The grandeur of God is conceived in conflict and birthed in war. The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. The Master thrives on confrontation. He thrills to set battles in array. He delights in the terrified struggle for survival. See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. For him, the call to arms, the noise and smoke of battle, are their own rewards. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

By the toil of war God reveals himself to man. Tumult is the tutor of personal strength, and strife the progenitor of spiritual understanding. These symptoms of war are the gift of God for your benefit. When God brings crisis to your hand, it is your secret passage to spiritual wealth. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.

Your life is arrayed by the Master Strategist. He has ordained every struggle as a means to know him personally. This conflict is the incubator of your discernment, and the forebear of your wisdom. Where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. For this cause he has subjected you to the clash of battle, destroying families, businesses, and health. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope.

The revelation of God comes always disguised as the tearful confrontations of war, for in combat your enemies are slain. These enemies are your own carnal ignorance, selfishness, and death. My sword shall devour flesh. The carnality you were given in Eden is the enemy of God. It hates God, and bombards your spirit with self-destructive thoughts. Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places of idolatrous worship. Ezekiel 6:3 (Amplified). This adversary is destroyed by victory in the internal battles of emotional conflict that God brings to your life. If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies.

As you defeat your adversaries your spirit is matured, and by their demise you are made a conqueror. Only in the din of melee can your spirit become a champion. This is the pathway set before the Overcomers. By victory in battle your enemies are killed and your spirit matured- there is no other way. Therefore all the creation marches to the drums of war, that all might arise to greater spiritual wealth. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

The warfare of earth is for your education and profit, and the tuition is expensive indeed. This high cost is being paid by your Heavenly Father, for he has accepted ultimate responsibility for all the destructions of earth. He has subjected even himself to the agonies of war. Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

Now, while the afflictions of earth rage across the planet, God does not want peace in your life, for peace prohibits learning. For the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace. God wants your day filled with the strivings of conflict, for this is the only environment that can produce warriors such as himself. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

With the clatter and trappings of war comes the crash of men’s lives, at the direction of God. By his wisdom you have been thrust into battle, amidst excited shouts, cries of anguish, and the clash of closing forces. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Upon this frightening tumult rides the glorious hopes of God, that you might gain his skills, develop his character, and one day become what he is. When they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.


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