Yesterday at Refuge we began a series on spiritual warfare. We began by looking at the reality of the battle and the enemy that we face. I read a quote from A.W. Tozer's book "This World: Playground or Battleground?" I thought it would be good to share it with you also.
Vaya con Dios!
“In earlier days… men conceived the world to be a battleground. Our fathers believed in sin and the devil and hell as constituting on force; and they believed in God and righteousness and heaven as the other. These were opposed to each other in the nature of them forever in deep, grave, irreconcilable hostility. Man, so far as our fathers held, had to choose sides; he could not be neutral. For him it must be life or death, heaven or hell, and if he chose to come out on God’s side he could expect open war with “God’s enemies. The fight would be real and deadly and would last as long as life continued here below. Men looked forward to heaven as a return from the wars, a laying down of the sword to enjoy in peace the home prepared for them. Sermons and songs in those days often had a martial quality about them, or perhaps a trace of homesickness. The Christian soldier thought of home and rest and reunion, and his voice grew plaintive as he sang of battle ended and victory won. But whether he was charging into enemy guns or dreaming of war’s end and the father’s welcome home, he never forgot what kind of world he lived in. It was a battleground, and many were the wounded and the slain”