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Published on January 26th, 2017 | by Haven Asnip

We’re All At War

I am at war.

When that woman at church tells me she meditates in front of a Buddha figurine, I am at war.

When that man glares at me as I try to share the gospel, I am at war.

When that sailing instructor tells me I am no different from an ape, I am at war.

There is a battle going on all around me.

I cannot deny it is there. Above me, below me, behind me, and before me, I can see it.

That waitress taking my order with tears streaming down her face is fighting a battle.

That man getting arrested on the side of the road is fighting a battle.

That twelve-year-old sucking his thumb as his grandfather verbally abuses him is fighting a battle.

I have no power to save these people, but God does. God wants to use me to shine his power to these hurting people. He is fighting the war with me.

I can’t save my crying waitress from the pain of breast cancer.

I can’t save the man on the side of the road from his addiction to drugs.

I can’t save the young boy from the abuse of a bad man.

Jesus Christ is the healer. Jesus Christ is the antidote.

Without Jesus, I can’t fight the brick of fear stuck in my throat. Jesus is the one who makes my throat clear and my tongue speak truth into the Buddhist woman.

Without Jesus, I can’t fight the wobble in my legs. Jesus is the one who makes me stand strong and hold my head high as the lost man shoots daggers with his eyes.

Without Jesus, I can’t fight the anger rising up in my chest. Jesus is the one who makes me calmly and lovingly tell my sailing instructors they are mistaken.

Your crusade, like mine, isn’t on a castle wall shooting arrows at the enemy below. It is probably not in the trenches of the jungle, or in mountains above. Your crusade may be similar to mine. It might be in school, in sports, work, or at home, but it is a battle all the same.

It might not be heroic, it might not be valiant, but it’s real. What’s more, we don’t have to do it alone.

As humans, we are in a fight, but we have a choice to make. Are we with Christ or are we with Satan?

God’s Word says in Luke 11:23, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”

Jesus Christ went before us. He already fought the battle. He defeated the devil for us and now he will help us defeat the devil too.

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” -Colossians 1:13-14

As Christians, we have to engage in the combat, but I must warn you: Satan is not always easy to spot, but God can open our eyes.

It is not easy to fight the enemy. Sometimes it feels like a shot in the dark, but the Word does not go out void. Satan can outnumber us. We can be surrounded, but God will forever be King.

God will forever scatter our enemies.

“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” – Deuteronomy 20: 1-4

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About the Author

is a home schooled eighteen-year-old. She loves living in the Florida Keys and enjoys salty air, palm trees, and sailing. The Reb.deeply encourages her in that other teens around the world are striving to glorify God with their lives and preserve the world from sin. In return, she wants to encourage you to be bold for Christ! To find out more about Haven, check out her blog at Haven Asnip.

  • Michael

    Very good Haven, we all are fighting our battles, and we must “Be strong and courageous” Joshua 1:6

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank you so much Michael, and that Bible reference is a good one! Thanks for reading :)

      • Michael

        No problem, it was a good article.

  • ZeePt3

    This really impacted me Haven, thanks for writing this! Also, know that we are at war, but so is Jesus and His heavenly hosts! Its so awesome to think about who we fight with, and who our leader is!

    • Haven Asnip

      I am so glad you were blessed by it Zee! Thank you for reading. You are so right, Jesus is our leader and when I face the day’s battles that truth is such a comfort to me too :)

  • cowboyclayt

    Great Article!

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank you for reading coyboy!! It is so encouraging to me when other people are encouraged by my writing :)

  • Olivia W.

    Amazing article, my friend! Colossians 1:13-14 are my favorite verses, and I love how instead of taking that verse in Deuteronomy out of context like most people do, you gave the rest of the chunk of verses.

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank you sweet friend! I have such a hard time picking what verses to share. If I could, I would share the whole Bible lol.

  • Emma V

    Thank you for the encouragement!!! This is such an inspiring article!!! God bless :)

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank you so much for reading Emma! I am so happy you felt inspired. God bless you as well. :)

  • Anne

    Beautiful article, Haven, and encouraging thoughts! Thank you for writing! :)

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank you for reading Anne! I am so glad God uses my articles to encourage others. :)

  • Emma

    Wow Haven. You did it again!! Thanks so much for writing. It was a needed reminded for me today!

    • Haven Asnip

      I am so glad my article could encourage you in your battle of the day, Emma. Thank you for reading, friend!

      • Emma

        Anytime! 😉

  • So often we are tempted to see the world and Christ as different aspects of life that we can blend together, while in reality, these two things are in direct opposition. Thank you, Haven, for this important reminder.

    Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.
    – 1 Peter 2:11 NLT

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank you Trent! Yes! The older and older I get the more God is opening my eyes to the proweling lion of this world. Yet, our God is greater and stronger and no one can stand against Him!

  • Heather C.

    This was really well written and good truth, Haven, thank you!!

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank you so much Heather! Thank you for reading :)

      • Heather C.

        Missing you on Revive!!

        • Haven Asnip

          Thank you for the awesome sermon you sent me :) I really enjoyed it and I’ll probably listen to it multiple more times. I am sorry I never got a chance to reply to that message. I just decided Revive wasn’t the place for me anymore :)

          • Heather C.

            No problem, I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!!!

            Well, if you feel like you need to leave, we support you in that, but know that you’re always welcome back anytime! We’re all incredibly different on there, but the differences are what make Revive so special! 😉

  • Amanda

    Well done, Haven! :)

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank you for reading Amanda!

  • Angela Pycroft

    Wow, thanks Haven!!! What a wonderful article; it really made me think!

    • Haven Asnip

      I am so glad it got your wheels turning (as we say in my family)! Thank you so much for reading Angela!

      • Angela Pycroft

        Haha, I’m just glad to know my dad isn’t the only person who says that! And no problem I always will read a good article 😉

        • Haven Asnip

          Dads are great like that haha!!

  • Wow, thank you Haven! This was so good!

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank you for reading Emma!

  • Fantastic article, Haven! Thank you for writing and sharing your thoughts with us. :)

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank YOU for reading what I write haha. It wouldn’t be any fun to write if I didn’t have nice people to read it!!

      • Aww, that’s sweet, Haven! :)

  • Savannah

    Thank you so much for this great article, Haven! Such an encouraging reminder. :)

    “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
    ~ Revelation 17:14

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank you for reading Savannah! I am so glad it was encouraging to you. That Bible reference is so perfect, Thanks for sharing it :)

  • Brock

    Dude, this is fantastic writing! Thanks for it.

    • Haven Asnip

      Your comment made me smile so big Brock!! Thank you for reading it…..dude 😀

  • Wow! Great post!

    • Haven Asnip

      Thank you so much for reading Delaney!

  • Great post, and a really important reminder! i heard a sermon on the same topic recently!

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