I have realized that we are a world at war, but this past weekend it really hit me that we are locked in battle not just occasionally, but every single day. It’s unrelenting. The enemy tries to take us out in ways you would not think about. I know I have written about spiritual warfare a few times. At Wild At Heart Boot Camp, it was definitely touched on significantly. Spiritual Warfare is a part of our daily life and will find us no matter where we are. A friend I met at Boot Camp who has been attending Ransomed Heart events for some time explained that what we retain about 20% while at Boot Camp and the remaining 80% comes after. I have found that to be true so far as my heart continues to be filled with all I have learned and I immerse in Scripture and prayer each day.
The spiritual warfare and the issue with our daily battles came through and hit me hard this past weekend and in the most subtle way. I began the day like normal with working out and then diving into Scripture. I am currently studying through book of Ephesians. There’s a story behind that, which I’ll get into another time, but God led me to dive into Ephesians. I was a little rushed on Saturday morning to get out of the house as we had a field workday for my son’s high school baseball team and then they had an inner-squad scrimmage. Beautiful day and a great time with our baseball family. Something lingered however. Due to rushing, I did not make the time I wanted to journal and really dive into prayer like I try to each day.
Again, did not think too much of this at the time, but as the day wore on I kept getting thoughts in my head about not doing so. I was constantly having to deflect agreements with the enemy about my commitment to God and to my spiritual growth. I kept hearing thoughts like, “see, you don’t have the endurance for this race. You’re not committed.” I had to fight that and it bothered me. I had to step back from that and renounce those agreements. It hurt to hear those thoughts. When you get those negative feelings, it’s easy to just agree and say yes, that’s right.
On Sunday morning, I took more time to dive into this thought in my Scripture reading and thinking about the spiritual warfare we face. The enemy is literally trying to take us out every single day. There is no hiding from this. Think about it. Jesus had to encounter spiritual warfare consistently. Look at Matthew 4 and his time in the wilderness and being tempted by Satan. It was a relentless battle. I was listening to a audio session from John Eldredge and he referenced this and the fact that this was Jesus’s private battle. No body was with Him. However, God felt it important enough to share. Part of the reason would seem to be that this is a serious issue we all face and even Jesus had to face this. Being taunted and tempted for being the Son of God. Jesus warned us about the enemy coming like a thief coming steal, kill, and destroy. It is very real.
So in dealing with this daily battle, what do we do. First, we need to readily recognize that it exists. We cannot live in our own little worlds where nothing happens. Simply does not work that way. We have to be immersed in prayer and in God’s Word to be ready to deal with each days battle. In Ephesians 4:23, Paul says, “Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” We have to allow the Holy Spirit to empower us and prepare for the onslaught to come. In Ephesians 6:11-12 he says, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against the strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against might powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
It’s all right there. Spiritual warfare is a daily part of our life. This past Saturday, was probably my first real bought with it since Wild At Heart and really recognizing it for what it was. On Monday, it hit me even harder and it was a unrelenting battle. Amber and I are making some changes to our room to give us an area to sit and read or pray or what have you, which I am all about. On Monday, while I was working she began the process of moving stuff and cleaning the space. Then it hit me out of nowhere. I was filled with this resentment and anger for some reason about it and it just kept on for a few hours. The enemy was digging at me and it was all total B.S. and I had to fight that back. I know this won’t be the last time either.
We have to arm ourselves everyday. We have to lean to God and keep our hope and faith in the promise of Christ Jesus. A.W. Tozer said, “Christ in you, the hope of glory. I’m not afraid of the devil. The devil can handle me – he’s got judo I never heard of. But he can’t handle the One to whom I’m joined; he can’t handle the One to whom I’m united; he can’t handle the One whose nature dwells in my nature. “
Satan cannot handle the One whose nature dwells in us. By that, I’d say we are victorious already in Him. We need need to resist the devil and choose God first always. The victory is in choosing to resist and the outcome is up to God. There are unseen spiritual forces and if don’t resist, who will. If we turn from our faith and let evil win, just imagine where you would be. We are victorious in Christ, so it’s in him our hope rests. Recognize the battles for what they are every day. Don’t deny they exist or you will be taken out quickly. Choose to resist and let the Holy Spirit arm you with the armor of God that comes through faith in Christ.