Fighting with Confidence

The Psalmist in Psalm 120:7 tells us that, "I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war." Some Christians have been fighting for so long with their opponents that they find it almost impossible to settle down and be at peace. In fact, peace seems threatening to some people, so they (often inadvertently) resist it. For many of us who seek to retain the historic traditions of the Church, it can be hard to be at rest even for a short time. We act like someone with a gun who empties the magazine into the darkness in the hope that he might hit his enemy. This is what leads to the common practice of "ready, fire, aim!"

As Catholics who hold to the traditional faith and are seeking to resist the encroachment of modernism and heresy, it is easy to drift into a self-confident frame of mind. We have had people coming against us for so long that we can start thinking that the security of traditional Catholic values depends solely on us. When this happens the particular skirmish that we are currently involved in often gets blown completely out of proportion. While we are never supposed to stop fighting for what is good and right, we also must fight with the right understanding of how the battle works. While God calls each of us as soldiers in service to Him, that does not mean that He steps out of the battle and just watches us. He is the One Who is doing the primary work in this battle with the world, and knowing that one fact should change how we go about our calling. If we lose focus on the right way to fight, then we will invariably also lose the fight.

Flailing our "spiritual arms" in desperation is a sign that we have forgotten Who is at the head of our army. The confusion that results from this only leads to further weakness and inability to accomplish the task set before us. If, however, we keep our minds centered on Christ as our Captain then we can find true peace and fight with a smile on our faces and joy in our hearts. Only then will we be able to fight without fear, knowing that we only do our best when we are trusting Jesus to do His best. I believe Psalm 46 is a helpful refresher course for this. Let me quote it below and insert some comments to help with the application.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Only in God do we find the ability to fight for the truth, not in self, and His help is always available.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

If we seek strength in ourselves we have reason to be fearful in the battle, but with our strength in God, there is nothing to fear (no matter how bad things look out there).

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

God always protects His Church, and regardless of what it goes through it will always prevail in the end.

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Although there are many (even some from inside) who desire to tear down the Church of Jesus Christ, God is the One Who defeats every enemy to come against His people.

Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

No error, or argument, or heresy will last; they will always be destroyed. Every battle that His Church faces will eventually end; when He wants it to.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Therefore, we can be at peace even in the midst of the battle. To do this we must fight with confidence. We must fight with courage. We must fight, knowing that we have nothing to fear; there is nothing that can defeat our Lord Jesus. He is the Lord of hosts and He is always with us.

2 thoughts on “Fighting with Confidence”

  1. About twenty years ago, the Holy Spirit performed a worldwide, public, and an astonishing, miracle. That, which virtually no one believed could ever happen, did happen.

    The human part of this miracle only highlights the effortless precision, the boldness, the compassion, and the joy, with which the Holy Spirit works. Like pieces on a chessboard, each human player willingly played his assigned part well.

    Thank you, Father Seriah, for restating that we should not be afraid when we follow His lead.

  2. I love Father Chori's posts. So true that the very idea of peace seems threatening to some; I'm thinking mainly of the weary plight of my cousins in Northern Ireland right now.
    Personally, I do not like conflict. But I am in the middle of a necessary legal battle at the moment against a large and quite unscrupulous organisation. I will try to be "at peace even in the midst of the battle". Thank you.

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