Verse: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the Devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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.” Ephesians 6: 10-13
There is possibly no better place to begin when discussing spiritual warfare than Ephesians 6. For More Than Judas, this passage was scrutinized earlier in 2018. Yet for the Christian, this is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak, and it is well worth a second look. Last week, we discussed the fact that the mind is a battleground for those who follow Jesus. This week, we’ll consider the “what, when, why and how.”
Doubt, fear, anger, and lust are only a few of Satan’s missiles he has within his arsenal. Lives have been altered; marriages have failed, and families are ripped apart every day- much ado with the success the Devil has experienced by attacking believers.
Undoubtedly, Satan can cause irreparable damage through the small space between the ears. Yet, the battle extends far beyond our minds and hearts, into a world which we cannot see- one which includes darkness, light, demons, and angels. Spiritual warfare is not the sole reason for sin or hardships. Man’s weaknesses and heart must be considered too. Nevertheless, the issue is one which cannot be ignored within the “Christian Life.”
After reading the well-known book, This Present Darkness, a friend asked me this weekend to what extent is this true regarding spiritual warfare? My response for this devotional: the magnitude of conflict which occurs within the invisible realm far exceeds mankind’s comprehension. C.S. Lewis once said, “Christianity agrees with Dualism that this universe is at war. But it does not think this is a war between independent powers. It thinks it is a civil war, a rebellion, and that we are living in a part of the universe occupied by the rebel. Enemy occupied territory- that is what this world is.”
This is why preparation in the Christian faith is so critical. Navy Seals do not become elite soldiers overnight. No. There is intense training involved- possibly the most extreme training a soldier could ever withstand. This is why only the select few are awarded this honor of being called a Navy Seal. All the same, an elite soldier for Jesus Christ does not become a prayer warrior, evangelist, preacher, or Christian apologist instantaneously. This too takes time, preparation, courage and the willingness to never quite. As such, putting on the full Armor of God as Ephesians 6 demands is essential in one’s walk with Christ. The consequences of not doing this can be perilous.
I absolutely suggest reading the entire passage of Ephesians 6-take to heart the words. However, this week we are going to be looking at examples throughout the Old Testament as to where spiritual warfare took place, and how the biblical characters responded. Equally, we too have a choice in the manner.
Each day we have a choice to either run from Satan, or stand on the frontline. The latter can only be done when grounded in the Word of God, and by the power of prayer. The Father’s Warriors are even more elite than the Navy Seals. Imagine that. Furthermore, with a childlike appeal and a surrendered heart, these angelic beings are more than willing to fight on our behalves…all in the name of Jesus Christ! But we have to ask, and we must truly believe.
Quote: “The loyalty of the soldier is proved in battle.” Martin Luther
Additional Readings: Ephesians 6: 10-20
Prayer: Father God, thank you for Your Son Jesus Christ. I pray for a courageous mindset. I know there is a spiritual war taking place even right now. Help me put on the full armor of God and stand on the frontline as a warrior for Christ. I don’t want to be a coward today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.