When people talk about an army I tend to get scared because it means war and fighting. I avoid confrontation at any cost! But, I want to talk about fear and share some insights I have learned from God. I will be using some scenes from Alice in Wonderland, the movie, to help illustrate what I am saying.
First, I want to address the fact that there is war and killing in the Bible. This used to confuse me before I was saved because I didn’t understand why God would allow it. Well, God hates sin! He will tolerate it for a time but if the people don’t repent and turn from it, God has to justify sin. He is holy and just. On the other hand He is love and mercy. God has given us free will to choose which side we will be on. The price of sin is death. It says in Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Our measure of goodness can never measure up to God’s goodness. That’s why He sent Jesus, to redeem us from our sin. When Noah was instructed to build the ark it was because God found no one else except Noah who was faithful to God. He was the only one who acknowledged God. God allowed the flood to cleanse the earth. He cleansed the earth of evil! God chose Abraham for the same reason. Romans 4:18-22 tells us it was Abraham’s faith that counted him as righteous, which means right standing with God. God promised many nations would come from Abraham. People who would worship God and belong to Him. They would be His family. After this promise was fulfilled these people who belonged to God became known as the Israelites. They eventually backslid and came into hardship. They lost focus, which led to sin and put them into bondage. Our main focus needs to be God first. Hold Him high, honor Him, follow Him, trust Him, obey Him! He is looking for this type of person to be on His side.
Whether you accept it or not, we are in a spiritual warfare. There is a battle going on in the spiritual realm as we speak. The battle is about our salvation. The war is about whether we will take salvation and then go a step further and actually make Jesus our Lord [commander]. This war is going on inside each one of us, every day. Which side will we choose? Our day to day choices through the day are what determines which side we are on. Who ever we are yielding to is the one we are serving. God is in the process of building His kingdom and searching for soldiers to fill it. One night I found myself in a spiritual battle in my sleep. When evil is face to face with you and you really feel what evil is, it can be very frightening. This is what happened to me, but I felt God saying to me,” Don’t give up!” I learned that in order to have courage , you have to face fear. If there is no fear then you can’t experience courage. When you stop and pray during a moment of fear and ask Jesus to be with you and know that love casts out fear, suddenly you know you aren’t alone. I like to think of it this way, we are in the trenches of life, right? God is the General on high. The Holy Spirit could be like our walkie talkie to communicate with Jesus. So, when I make contact with Him, I feel like my commander is right in the trenches with me.
Now my illustration using Alice in Wonderland. In the movie we see Alice oblivious to the fact that she is a champion. She learns from the scroll that a day is set for her to fight this creature. She doesn’t feel prepared and doesn’t even want to do it. She denies her destiny, she fights against it. Some of us may be doing the same spiritually. God is calling us but we keep resisting, making up excuses for why we can’t fight for Jesus. We are champions on the inside, but we keep our destiny at bay because of fear. When Alice told the Madhatter that she wasn’t a slayer, he said she had lost her muchness, on the inside. He remembered her as being full of life, nothing was impossible, when she was a child. Could this be why the Bible says to have childlike faith? A child’s perspective is different than an adult. See, when Alice was a child, she could do anything, but now that she is older, she is questioning what really is possible. We have to get our muchness back! Maybe not in the way we hoped but in a different way, God’s way. Sometimes difficulties have to be experienced in order to face fears. If we can get through the small stuff, then eventually we will be able to slay dragons as well. You have to believe the impossible before it can happen. That’s faith. Alice remembered something before slaying the creature. Her father told her to think of six impossible things before breakfast. She thought of six impossible things while facing the giant creature. They were things she THOUGHT were impossible but experienced them and knew they were real. So, she knew if those things were possible then it was possible for her to slay the creature.
Just like Alice, we are up against a creature named Satan. Are we going to hide in the foxhole, or will we take a stand and fight for Jesus! It is the destiny of every christian to be in God’s army. We are on the battlefield and God calls us to be His champions. Just like the scroll foretold of Alice, God has already called us. Will we keep resisting and not fulfilling our destiny? Or will we allow God to work inside of us and regain our muchness! Don’t settle for just making it in to heaven, become a soldier for Jesus and march victoriously into the kingdom of heaven knowing you gave it your all and you fought the good fight of faith!