We Are at War

2 John, Verses 1-8

"Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous states have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.

“We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be.

“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender….”

These are the words of Winston Churchill, spoken to the House of Commonsof the Parliament of the United Kingdom on the 4th of June 1940.

This speech would havesome obstacles in and of itself. Churchill would be required to describe a significant military disaster that was the Battle of Dunkirk and the evacuation of allied forces. The Prime Minister would also be required to warn of a possible invasion attempt by Nazi Germany, all the while never presenting any sign of fear or doubt of eventual victory over Hitler and his forces. He also had to prepare the parliament and the public of Great Britain for France's falling out of the war and simultaneously not in any way releasing France to do so.  Churchill,in the very giving of this speech was facing very distinct and defined opposition……BUT He was insistent to hold fast to the same mantra he preached only weeks prior – despite the dismal circumstances – "victory, however long and hard the road may be"

I have no doubt that you and I are in a war. I am also confident that if we allow ourselves to, it would be extremely easy to hold on to an emotional state of defeat rather than one of victory. And in our passage this morning John encourages us in verse 8;

“Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.”

Surender is easy. Accepting defeat does not bring any opposition. But the end result is death—period. I need to interject something here quickly. Our salvation is free and requires nothing in return, it is a gift. Along with this comes the free positional sanctification it grants us; in that we are now in a right standing with God. Our progressive sanctification in growing in the love and knowledge of the Lord has distinct and defined opposition that we battle up to the point of our death, or the return of Christ, where we receive our perfected sanctified bodies in glory.This then takes me back to the statement we are at war! We will face discouragement and extreme opposition. We will suffer some defeat in some battles that require recovery. But the war IS WON!!

“Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.”

“Never surrender victory,however long and hard the road may be."

You must know the opposition, for without it you would have no need for knowing the Victor!

Know the Victor—know Jesus—and make Jesus known.

- Mike

Mike Andersen is a graduate of Next Step Recovery Ministries. Mike currently serves as a teacher at Next Step and helps with various other activities such as community connections, BLOG posts, and various other activities. You can reach Mike at mandersen@nextstepmin.org

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