Several years ago, when I was yet to encounter Christ and confess Him as my Lord and Saviour, I was really into hip hop and rap music. This is not to say that there isn’t hip hop today that glorifies Christ but back then it was unheard of. There was a track I used to like by an artist who is late now. It was called ‘Trading War Stories’. Essentially, the artists on the track were talking about swapping stories with other gangsters and soldiers on the streets of black America. Before you conclude that I’ve backslidden, please bear with me as I’m taking you somewhere!
I want to talk about a completely different world in which we as Christian soldiers trade our very own war stories. The moment we become Christians, we put on Christ’s robe of righteousness which to the enemy is like an army uniform. You stand out to the kingdom of darkness and whether or not you like it, you have entered into a war. We all have war stories to share with one another and stir up our faith in the Divine Commander of our army. We have fought battles against temptation in our hearts. We have fought battles against deceitful thoughts in our minds. We have waged war against spiritual forces on our knees. Some of us already bear the scars of our battles either emotionally or spiritually. Those in countries where persecution is rife also bear physical marks of the warfare they faced.
What excites me more than trading war stories as a platform for encouraging other believers is the fact that one day I will get to share my own stories with people like the Apostle Paul, Abraham, David and so on! Trials are a rich source of war stories for the Christian. They not only give us an avenue to glorify the God we serve but they also mature us spiritually. Rather than wish a trial away, we should ask God to grant us the grace to go through each trial and glean every single thing He wants us to learn from it. Never waste a good trial is what I would say.
One day we will be in eternity discussing God’s faithfulness through the ages as we share war stories with the saints of old and rejoice at the victory we all share in common through Christ. Don’t despise your spiritual battle scars. They are precious in His sight.
- Spiritual Warfare – Make War (spendomai.com)