Those that know me well would probably say that I’m non-confrontational. I would certainly agree. I would rather just walk away from a battle than relish in the struggle to win one. Sometimes you win the battle- but you lose the war. However, in life there may be battles that should never be ignored or given to others.
If someone broke into my home and threatened my wife or family I would, without hesitation, take a bullet for them. We have to grab our weapons and fight. I would put on the warrior’s stance and sing out the battle cry and battle to defend all that I have, all that is important to me, all that I love and cherish.
Our Battles in The Spiritual Realm
There are things that belong to us in the spiritual realm that should be considered even more important as those things we cherish in the physical realm. Can you name some of them? Scripture tells us that we have been given armor to defend our selves in these spiritual battles. Don’t be fooled to think that some of us will never be asked to fight in the front lines in the Kingdom. We are all soldiers in His army. 2 Timothy 2:3 says “Take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”. We will all be called to the battle sooner or later in our walk with the Lord of Lords. 2 Cor 10:4 says “For the weapons of our warfare are not those of the world. Instead, they have the power of God to demolish fortresses.” In verse 13 of Ephesians 6 it says “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand”. You are deceived if you think these “battles” are allegorical or just stories for spiritual lessons. The enemy has already won the battle if you think otherwise. I urge you to read the 6th chapter in Ephesians. Your “day of evil” is coming, if it hasn’t already happened, and it will happen more than just once. 1 Peter 5:8 says “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.“
Does Your Armor Look Used or Brand New?
So look at your sword. Is the enemies blood on it? Hold up your shield. Is it dinged from your last battle? Are there marks on it that can tell a story of the Lords glory, strength and majesty? If the answer is no -then pray and then:
- Ask that you may begin to be an effective soldier in His army.
- Ask that you have eyes to see the battles that are before you.
- Ask that you have the courage to pick up your sword when it is your time for battle and stand up against the enemy.
- Ask that your next battle takes away enemy territory and expands Heavens borders in your life and in the lives of others you touch.
- Ask yourself if your level of maturity as a Christian intimidates the enemy? Well, if it doesn’t, it should. If you have been a Christian for a while and are not considered a threat to the accuser-then something is wrong! Satan doesn’t waste resources confronting Christians who are not “Christ-like”. They are no threat to him.
Your Greatest Weapons
This enemy is out to seek and destroy all that stands for righteousness and deliverance from sin. He battles those who threaten his territory or those he may easily deceive. His enemies are soldiers that know the authority of His Word, the redemptive nature of Christs Blood, the power that comes out of intimacy with the Lord and the effectiveness of Worship. Nothing the enemy has can stand up to Heavens weapons.
The battle is really His. Romans 8:31 says “What, then, can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 1John 4:4 says “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
Psalm 23 says “You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.“ This is a promise to all soldiers and warriors! In order to enjoy and partake of this feast and receive these blessings we have to be on the battlefield. We can’t be couch warriors hearing about others people’s battles in books and legends. We are called to be more than just peaceful spectators or mediators.
Every single one of us is involved. The battleground for this intense spiritual struggle is not some piece of earthly real estate; it is the human heart. Both Jesus and the devil are supremely interested in winning possession of our minds and hearts. 1 Cor. 9:7 says “Who ever goes to war at his own expense?” God has paid the bill for the entire arsenal. All that we need was purchased at Calvary with the blood of His own dear Son-Jesus. He gives us all we need to be assured of total and final victory. All He needs is battle-ready soldiers.
Are you one of them?
Are you ready?