Going Into Battle
There are seasons of life where every day feels like an uphill battle. I find myself fighting, striving, and looking around for the strength to face the rest of the day.
Ephesian 6:12 says, For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
It’s clear from this verse that our battle is not here on this earth, but a spiritual battle that takes place within each of us and all around us daily.
So, what do we do about it?
When a soldier goes into war, he doesn’t even dream of going without the essentials to protect himself or the weapons necessary to win the battle - that would be foolish. In the same way, how are we supposed to take on the day, filled with spiritual warfare, without the essentials for protection and victory?
I have come to discover that when I don’t start my day with Christ, I’ve already lost the battle. I am more prone to being knocked to the ground by the blows spiritual warfare and unable to even attempt to fight back against them.
How do I defend myself and fight back?
Ephesians 6 goes on to tell us to put on the full armor of God. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
On the defensive side, we must but on the armor of God which is His truth, righteousness and peace so that we will be protected from these blows of spiritual warfare.
But that’s not the only thing we need.
Verses 16-17 say, In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
On the offensive side, we must be equipped with two things: our faith and the Word of God in order to obtain the victory in the spiritual battles of everyday life.
Friends, don’t go into a spiritual battle vulnerable or you are sure to be beaten. Instead, take time in your morning to rest in the Word and in prayer so that you will be equipped to not only survive the day, but to claim it for Christ.