We see her at church or work or down our street and she is nicely dressed, clean and smiling as we talk. But let us not forget that the battle is real.
What we don't know is that she's been under attack. Maybe it was a terminal diagnosis of her loved one or maybe she just found out that her child was hurt by someone she trusted or she lost her job this week. What we don't know is that it's not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.
We see her at the market and she hurls painful words at those around her. She is mean and hateful. We, too, want to lash out at her, or someone, when she said spiteful things to us! But let us not forget that the battle is real.
What we don't know is that she's been under attack. Maybe everyday she's told by her husband that she is not good enough and never will be, or she found herself in a compromising position and she compromised or she was betrayed by someone she never thought would betray her. What we don't know is that it's not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.
The battle is real - but the battle is not with them.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
Therefore, let us take up the whole armor of God:
- the belt of truth
- the breastplate of righteousness
- the gospel of peace
- the shield of faith
- the helmet of salvation
- the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
Let us pray at all times in the Spirit, to keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18 paraphrased)
Don't leave her to stand alone. The Battle is Real.