I declared war on the evil one earlier this summer, but my eyes were not fully open to being completely prepared for war as a soldier in God’s army until today.Ephesians 6:12 (ESV) “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
I pursued an understanding of the unseen war this summer, and am clear now that is very real and very dangerous, and we are absolutely powerless to defend ourselves if we stand on our own. The ONLY way to be part of victory is to completely believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection, immerse ourselves in God’s Word, put on God’s armor each and every day, and lay claim to the power He has vested in us. We must go on active duty. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (ESV) states “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
God calls us to be ready for battle all of the time; however, we do not attend one two-week boot camp and call it good. Preparation for battle must be our priority every day. The day you skip is the day the evil one will come through the door. Our daily lives that are so full of work, taking care of our homes, getting the kids to basketball practice, homework and Nightline, must take a backseat to building our relationship with our Heavenly Father, in coming to know Jesus Christ fully as our Savior, inviting the Holy Spirit into our hearts fully to instruct us and guide us, and in immersing ourselves in God’s Word and prayer. Preparing for spiritual warfare must be a priority.
We must first lay down everything in our lives at the cross before we can take up the armor of God. That can be tricky to do because Satan throws arrows of deception and distraction at us constantly. We have the power to bind those arrows, but are powerless to use it until we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and choose to daily walk the narrow path with Him.
There are a number of books that talk more about spiritual warfare, and I would like to recommend one here, written by a man who experienced the realities of the unseen war and the power reserved for us through accepting Jesus into our lives.
I pray that I see all of my brothers and sisters in Christ in God’s Kingdom in Heaven one day–will you survive the war and be there?