Christian soldier, are you weary in well doing? What I want to share with you today will bring STRENGTH to the tired Christian and PEACE to the battle-scarred.
There is no doubt about it–today we are facing wars without and wars within. Wars in the nations all over this globe and wars in our families, and wars within our own souls. We want peace and we pray for peace, yet Jesus predicted that nation would rise against nation before his return (Matthew 24). So I am not saying that as “Christian soldiers” we should to rise up and stop all the wars on this planet. What I want to talk about today is the war being fought over YOU personally to rob YOU of the peace of God.
In our lives we encounter what a dear friend of mine calls “PEACE ROBBERS”. Here are a few that you may have encountered in your life:
Sickness is a Peace Robber
Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction (Mark 5:34).”
Fear is a Peace Robber
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 24:27).”
A Cataclysmic Storm is a Peace Robber
Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
A Wayward Child is a Peace Robber
Isaiah says we can trust God to teach our children and bring their lives to His peace. He writes, “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children (Isaiah 54:13).”
Darkness and Death are Peace Robbers
Jesus came “To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Sleeplessness is a Peace Robber
David sang this lullaby accompanied by stringed instruments, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Lawlessness is a Peace Robber
Psalm 119:165 says, “Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing shall offend them or cause them to stumble.”
Do you recognize any of these peace robbers? Are you getting robbed? Has a peace robber sneaked into your palace and robbed your peace? So how do we guard the peace in our palace? Jesus said, “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace (Luke 11:21).”
David looked to God to govern his whole kingdom. David wrote, “The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”
So obviously, it takes some strength to maintain the peace in our palace. Notice Jesus said, a STRONG MAN, fully armed, guards his palace and his goods are in peace. Jesus is talking about us!! We need to be the strong man, the strong woman. We need to be that patriarch, that matriarch, that is guarding our own turf, fully armed, ensuring the peace of our “stuff”.
Have peace robbers come to rob your palace? Put on the armor of God! Armor up!
Put on the armor of God. Be STRONG and don’t let peace robbers steal from you again. Let this scripture help us today:
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.
Are you suited up? Great! You can even find armor pajamas to put on before you go to bed at night. HA! Now, I want to encourage you to return to the subtitles that identify peace robbers. Use your sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and SWING! Swing the Word of God at that peace robber. SAY THE VERSE OUT LOUD and get that peace robber OUT of your palace today!!