We often hear the words “for the sake of peace”, it came to me that these words are from the stomach of the devil himself, and this is why.
God throughout the bible has taught us that this philosophy is against what he stands for, war for the sake of peace instead of peace for the sake of peace.
Now Lord i pray that the reader of the these words will receive the message as intended for your purpose, in the name of Jesus, Amen.
It started when God promised Abraham that He will bless him with land for his descendents to dwell in, lets then move on to Joshua, when God instructs Joshua to completely annihilate/destroy the people and animals and things who dwelled in the promised land but more importantly they should not settle and mix with these people … (Deuteronomy 20:16-18).
What does this all mean? Well, lets start with the characters in this story, “Israelites” God’s chosen, “the people” (the Hittite, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, the Jebusite and others) aka “the giants”, “the promised land” (your inheritance for being obedient) and finally who is who if we bring this back into your context or situation.
Israelite – Born again Christian
The giants – Our weaknesses ie fear, lust, anger, lies, etc
Promised land – Can be almost anything ie marriage, job, kids etc
In this message, lets take the promised land as a marriage situation, we are, much like the Israelites were, regularly engaged in battles with the giants, this was intentional by God (Judges 3:1-6).
Our marital battles continue to this day regardless of the fact that our parents may have gone through these same trials as we are. They sadly cant be here to fight our battles for us, because like God wants, He wants us to depend on Him completely, and once we do that, once we press into Him and want Him more, we continue to win these battles against the giants.
So in closing, God never intended for us to share (for the sake of peace) our promised land with the giants, where our descendents/children would continue to be ruled and conquered by what we invited to stay with us instead of destroying them as God instructed.