Civil War of the Soul
A devotional thought from Christian George for “The Character of God”
Did you know that there’s a war being waged inside you? It’s true. Right now an internal war is going on between the old nature and the new, the powers of darkness and the powers of light. Paul described it this way: “The desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do” (Rom. 7:18-19).
When Christ takes up residence in a life, He seeks to slay the wickedness inside, to smash the idols that have been erected. What kinds of idols? Pride, hate, lust…you know the rest. According to C. S. Lewis, “Christ says, ‘Give me all…I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it.” 1
Do you have a “take no prisoners” approach to dethroning idols? How many still stand in your life? Ask God to help you crumble them. No holds barred! The war within you demands a daily decision—give yourself to God without reserve and without retreat. Or give yourself to another.
The Israelites chose to give themselves to the Canaanites. They married them. They adopted their practices. Don’t make their mistake. You are wedded once and for all to Jesus Christ, who is your groom, your strength, your ever-present help in times of trouble.
Pause and Reflect
• Who’s winning the war over you today? What battles have you had to fight this week? What are your casualties?
• Why is it difficult to destroy our idols?
• Read Ephesians 6:10-18. Why isn’t there any armor to protect a Christian’s back?
1. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Touchstone, 1996), 197.