We have won this war

Morning sun risingth-28

There’s sleep in our eyes

And echoes of nightmares

Taunt us with lies

But this is a new day

This is the dawn

There is a new way

Calling us on

 

Hunger and hatred

War and disease

The debt of the devil

Is never appeased

Truth is the weapon

Faith is the shield

Love is the power

For those who will yield

 

Don’t trust in armies

There’s no hope in guns

Don’t count on missiles

That block out the sun

For nothing below us

And nothing above

Can ever extinguish

The fire of His love

 

We have won this war

We have won this war

The fight may not be done

But the war’s already won

             – From “We Have Won This War,” by John Fischer

Carole, a loyal Catch member, has an amazing story to tell about how God saved her from an armed attacker who forced his way into her home and held her at gunpoint in her own kitchen. I would tell the story, but it is so compelling that the story would become the point when it is not the point. The point is that God is in control. We are powerless against the forces of evil. To think that training, weapons, pepper spray, and self-defense can protect you is to put your faith in the wrong place.

The point of Carole’s story is that neither she nor her attacker were in control, but they were both caught up in a much bigger battle.

The worst thing you can do is to take every precaution known to man to protect yourself and then trust in your preparation. That is a very weak position. The almost comical scene comes to mind that I’m sure you’ve seen in some action movie comedies, where a marshal arts specialist shows off his “wares” to his opponent by cutting and slashing and screaming and kicking the air, and his opponent — after watching all this, somewhat amused — just pulls out a gun and shoots him.

I’m not saying don’t be prepared. Preparation is worth something. I am saying don’t trust your preparation. Don’t lean on your own understanding.

Go get training, get prepared, have a gun, don’t have a gun, whatever you want… in the end there is nothing you can do to stop a bullet. We are at the mercy of forces beyond our control.  In the end we are at the same place we were at the beginning, so trust God fully. Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the waters.

Ask Carole. Her gun was in the bedroom. A knife was in her hand. Neither were of any consequence to her. The only thing of value in that moment was the word of God.

And what was going down in her kitchen that day was far beyond anything she could have been prepared for. It had little to do with even her or her attacker. It was a battle between God and the devil — heaven and hell — the same battle going on in kitchens everywhere today. Who are we compared to what is really going on? And yet we are on the side of the victor. It’s not that God’s on our side (that’s pretty arrogant). No, we are on His side, or at least that’s where we want to be, and you get there by trusting Him completely.

“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

We have won this war

We have won this war

The fight may not be done

But the war’s already won

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11 Responses to We have won this war

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    Great Catch! ❤

  2. Judy says:

    Was “We have won this war” recorded on an album?

  3. I guess I’m sort of a Calvinist when it comes to certain things, particularly the end of each persons life. I’ve always believed that we all have an appointment with physical death that can not be delayed unless God intervenes for some special reason (as in the case of King Hezekiah), or we play god and commit suicide.
    Whether we’re scheduled to die at 23, 63, or 103, our “date with destiny” is already fixed and no amount of preparation – be it through personal protection, stocking up on long-term supplies, or healthier living habits – will prolong our individual breaths and heartbeats.
    That’s not to say, as John mentioned, that we shouldn’t know how to defend ourselves, be ready for natural disasters, or exercise and eat right. God gives us a certain peace of mind and a sense of satisfaction within our souls when we know that we’re as prepared as possible and treating our bodies and minds as well as can be. But, that’s not to say that we’ll grow old enough to benefit from or even need any of those preparations. God already knows the sort of demise that is in our future, whether peaceful or otherwise.
    The bigger issue, though, is that many of us have really lost our way on the path toward perfect contentment: i.e.: God’s Peace that passes all understanding.
    We’re so caught up in the frets and frights and threats and turmoil of these present days that we’re playing right into Satan’s hand, and forgetting (or ignoring) Jesus’ red-lettered teaching to not worry.
    When we finally truly believe that God really does indeed have the whole world in his Hands, and when we accept the fact that we can not add a single hour to our lives through fear or hysteria, then life becomes a whole lot easier. A ponderous burden is lifted and we finally find out what it’s like to experience true peace, contentment, and joy.
    We must make the most of the time we have been granted and enjoy it – but mostly,
    DO NOT WORRY!

  4. Gary says:

    As an old soldier, looking back, the meaning of life was Training, Training and more Training. Not in the spiritual way but for survival and victory over an enemy on the other side. Anyone going into battle has to known the reality that they might not be coming back. Do everything you can to come back, that you can live with. Trust doesn’t go on hold in the place of preparedness. More prayer and hope is what puts out the raging fire of fear and possibly fortify the resolve that may be needed/required. Surviving the battle field, a terrorist attack or crazy persons semi-auto rifle doesn’t give a future of peace. Only a relationship with the Prince of Peace.

    • jwfisch says:

      Preach it, Gary!

    • Beautifully said, Gary.
      Thank you for both your wisdom and your service to God and our country.
      I salute you, sir, and all our “old soldiers”.
      With solemnity, I also salute and remember those who never made it home to grow old with their families and loved ones.
      May the Prince of Peace comfort those still grieving and mourning their loss on this Memorial Day.
      Shalom, Peace…

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