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It's time to beat swords into plowshares

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In the Kingdom, often we have differences of doctrine, opinions, and beliefs - even within our own individual movements or denominations. However, there are times and seasons when we must "beat our swords into plowshares" and come 'together' for the greater cause of righteousness, standing shoulder to shoulder against the onslaught of the enemy.

Micah 4:3 says, "He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore" (Micah 4:3).

"Swords into plowshares", is a concept in which military weapons or technologies are converted for peaceful civilian operations for the greater good of a nation. In this case, it applies to the Kingdom of God.

It doesn't mean we have to relinquish our identity or compromise our beliefs. Each army can still wear their own uniform, but 'form a band of brothers and sisters' in unity under the banner of the cross. The question becomes simply this: "who is on the Lord's side?" (Exodus 32:26)

The great Mike Warnke, best Christian comedian ever, often invoked deep spiritual truths and he said, "Sometimes Christian soldiers spend most of their time shining their armor or stabbing each other in the back with their swords".

No one has 100% revelation or understanding of scripture so we must constantly be aware of our personal responsibility to "work out our own salvation with fear [respect] and trembling [humility]" (Philippians 2:12).

Standing strong in the spirit against the enemy is our first priority and settling our spiritual semantical preference is second place.

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