Thank you to our children for drawing each piece of armor for the book. My daughter Mallory drew this for the last chapter: The War is Won. How do we win a war? It can sometimes feel like we are warring every day of our lives. We battle through traffic, we battle within our company, we fight within our families, and we attempt to strike through our fears and losses. If tally marks were made, how many marks at the end of the day would be on the win side, and how many would be on the lose side? I’m not the most patient driver and willfully allow my peace to be trampled over. In this area, I would be on the loser’s side almost every day.
We have a beautiful truth that never seems to be at the forefront of our thoughts the second we open up our eyes in the morning. We visualize all that we have to tackle for the day and completely forget this War was won over two thousand years ago. No matter what we face each day, it can’t touch us. That harried late morning rush to school and work was defeated. The tremendous loss of the love one is overcome when Christ rose again and eliminated death from our eternal DNA. The chains of fear from losing a job or marriage are broken because Jesus took the fear of our eternal suffering from us and for us. We will continue to do battle on this side of Heaven as long as our enemy is allowed to roam free, but even he knows the clock is ticking.
We are not meant to be blown in the wind by the world we live in because it is not our forever home. We need God’s armor to help us feel and taste the freedom that Christ won for us. Without it, we taste the salt and sweat that comes from the fear and worry that we were never meant to carry. Your War is won. How you end up at the end of battle depends upon if you decided to fight with or without God’s protection. Your peace is precious to God, and He’s been waiting a long time for you to step into His stronghold.