I know it may sound crazy, but I say this because I think that it can be really freeing to know that:
Spiritual Warfare can be fun!
This doesn’t have to be a subject that we are nervous to talk about. Nor does it need to always be a heavy conversation.
Yes, we have an enemy. Yes, the people of God are opposed by evil forces at work in the world around us.
But no, we are not meant to live in fear.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power and of love and of sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).
So, what do I mean that spiritual warfare can be fun? Well it’s simple really. Jesus said that evil comes to “steal, and to kill and to destroy” but that he came to offer life in abundance. What Jesus offers is overflowing with the opposite of what evil promotes (John 10:10).
So, what is the opposite of steal, kill and destroy? The opposite is an abundance of giving, living, and creating.
Think about that for a moment. Isn’t that the essence of our God at work in the beginning of Genesis? He created, and He gave life. And, He is still doing it.
Jesus carries on that legacy. He came to give new life and he continues to create. Even now he is preparing a place for us in Heaven (John 14:3) and inviting us into a life created especially for us to experience the goodness he planned with God before we were ever born (Ephesians 2:10).
Fundamentally, war comes down to two forces at work to have their own way. In the case of spiritual warfare, God has always been at work to create, to inspire life and to give good things. He is the giver of good and perfect gifts (James 1:17), including things like love, joy, peace and freedom to choose. Evil is diametrically opposed to these things. Evil seeks to eliminate freedom and eradicate love. Our enemy comes to steal our joy and rob us of our peace.
So, how do we resist? How do we stand firm against evil’s schemes?
Quite simply, we do the opposite of what evil does.
Since evil is out to destroy joy, then we—as the people of God—must actively promote joy.
Since evil seeks to steal, kill and destroy, we must do the opposite. We follow in our Heavenly Father’s footsteps as we give, live and create.
Our battle “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” requires that we actively promote the values of Heaven.
Our commitment to see the values of Heaven implemented here on Earth is active warfare. Evil wants to destroy good; so, we, the good people of God, will heap goodness onto the world. It is an act of faithfulness to God and our resistance to evil.
By choosing to promote goodness, we take a stand against evil. Active Heaven means retreating Hell!
The goodness of God made manifest in this world means more joy! It means more freedom, more enjoyment, more life, more giving of good gifts, more peace, more creativity.
It means that we commit ourselves to living the good life with God.
And, what could be more fun than that?