Today is Anzac Day.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and is commemorated by many around the world. The Anzacs, at their own significant cost, went to war and freed people. Their fierce fighting spirit was renowned and feared by their enemies.
We might ask, "Why do we need wars? Why can't the world just live in peace?"
It did before Adam and Eve sinned. From that incident, we have a different world—a world of sin and struggle. Satan the warmonger, is hard at work, ensuring nations never get peace for too long. Regardless of the era, the world always seems to find itself at war. Satan hates peace on earth and good will toward men. Particularly the peace of God, which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
All Satan needs to find is a person or group with a similar ego to his and a disdain for others as he has, and then wars begin.
The Lord calls believers to a life of inner peace despite the wars and battles around us. Achieving that peace becomes a war in itself. The wars of nations are a visible depiction of our internal battles for peace. As with those nations, Satan and his followers are always at work trying to derail our personal lives and overpower us, to keep us under his control. But God is bigger. He is mightier. He is all powerful. We obtain God's peace by living life in the spirit of the Lord.
We must expect the struggle between flesh and spirit. As long as we are in this world, the flesh will be lusting against the spirit and fighting hard to defeat it. But the prevailing theme of our lives is to be led by the spirit — to act under the guidance and governing wisdom of the Holy Spirit and advance that spiritual nature and inclinations He has fashioned within us.
If we make God's Word and grace our principle, we will walk in the peace and rest He has established for us.
Today's prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the protective spirit you placed in human beings. It defends me against a lot of wickedness. Thanks also for the Holy Spirit, who guards me against evil spirits. Otherwise, I would be overrun. I praise you for that.