Ephesians 6:12-13 “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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Some battles we face, we have had a forewarning and are prepared. Other battles spring up without notice and possibly find us woefully unprepared. These are not the battles played out on imaginary fields where you can hit the reset button when you make a fatal decision or are killed. No, this is real life.
What is it that would best prepare us for battle?
Knowing your enemy, one might say.
2 Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Others might say having the right defense.
Ephesians 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Still some might say having the right weapon.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Having lived through a few storms in my life, I think, “What did I learn from this?”
One thought is: “I sure won’t do THAT again!” or, “I wonder how I could have handled that differently?”
All of us who are saved have smelled that sulphurus breath and felt the sting of Satan’s snares have realized we are up against an enemy far more powerful than ourselves. Even the strongest of angels respect Lucifer’s power:
Jude 9 “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.”
Be Ready. Be Prepared.
Always know that there will be someone watching, and looking to trip us up.
To ignore it is do so at your own peril.
Ignorance is not an option.
In our ministry, we have a saying:
“New levels, new devils.”
Meaning, for every step you take for God (salvation, then baptism, then joining a church…) you will be met with opposition.
Some opposition is from within. For all of us, biblical christianity is a pardigm shift – a totally new way of thinking and living. It is a new perspective through eyes that previously were blind to the truth. Throughout this time, we need a mentor – someone to walk us through the minefield sort of speaking.
A good mentor will point out the booby traps, the trip wires and the deceptive ways the enemy tries to cover his tracks. They will ready us for the battle we all face.
Some opposition is from without. Salvation in Jesus Christ opens us to a storeroom filled with weapons, power and promises from One far more powerful than any enemy we will ever face.
Far too many run out the daoor without a thought to thank God for their mael they so hastily ate, the house they just left or the car they have been given to carry them safely through to the job they complain about.
Taking just 15 minutes to totally focus on my relationship with God; asking for His wisdom, His strength to make it throught this day and truly thanking Him from my heart for all the blessings with which He daily loads me. When a personal, private devotion is a part of my daily regimen, I enter my work day far more calm, centered and focused on the tasks at hand.
God’s intent for you and I is not to just ‘survive’ the day, but to be victorious. After all, you ARE a child of the King!