I am not, nor have I ever been, in the military. But THANK YOU to all of those who are and have been! No matter your role, you are working to defend our country and I, for one, am so grateful!
Now, having said that, I do not mean to say I have never been to war. For you see, as a believer, we ARE at war. We do not need to forget that! Scripture teaches us that on this earth, in this life, we are in a battle. While we must be on guard, we must be at the ready at all times, we also must remember the VICTORY HAS ALREADY BEEN WON!!!
Jesus WON the war when He rose from the dead! (Makes me want to do the "happy dance" right now!) However, He expects and empowers us to fight the good fight while we are here.
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. Ephesians 6:12
- our battle is not with people
- our battle is real
If our battle is NOT with people, why is it people are always the ones we seem to be "fighting" with? I'm glad you asked. Not all people are saved and thus they act like their father, the devil. Not all saved people are submissive to our Lord and find themselves used/deceived by our adversary, the devil. And sometimes, people just act like sinful people with a sinful nature.
So if the battle/war is real but not with people, how do we know our enemy and how do we know how to fight? The Bible teaches us that the devil is our adversary. He roams the earth seeking whom he may devour - he wants to steal, kill and destroy. As a believer, you ARE engaged in the battle.
So what's a warrior to do?
- Dig deep into God's Word (Bible) EVERY SINGLE DAY!
- Praise God for Who He is
- Repent of sins you've committed
- Practice faithful obedience (even when you don't understand)
- Be on guard to the devil's schemes
- Lust of the eyes
- Lust of the Flesh
- Pride of life
- Share your faith story
- Every day, share with someone how the Lord is working in your life
- Get out of your comfort zone of friends - meet new people with whom you can build relationships and share your faith
- Live on purpose - be intentional in your conversations and actions
Rest and repeat!