Jesus: The Better Warrior…
I’m a mom to three boys. You know what that means, don’t you? No matter how often I remind them to be gentle and compassionate, they always find a way to remind me that God made them ALL boy. In their world, sticks become swords. Chopsticks become wands. Peanut butter sandwiches become guns. And no one had to teach them how to make those awesome sound effects either. It’s like they were born with it.
Somebody please tell me you can relate. Geesh.
From the time they were little the theme was always the same: there was a dark side and a light side. Good versus evil. And on a good night – if I was lucky – true heroism shined through and they’d rescue their little sister from the bad guys. Day after day, they never seemed to run out of stories to act out. Even if the bad guys were defeated the night before, another villain inevitably arrived to take the last one’s place. But somehow they were ready. They knew there would be a struggle, but they were determined to stand their ground. And without fail?
The good guys always won.
Friends, there’s another battle that’s raging as we speak. But this is no make-believe battle that’s fought with sticks for swords and pan lids for shields. It’s the real-life battle between good versus evil, and Satan is trying ever so strategically to convince us to join forces with him.
He tries to tell us that because we’re women, fighting in a battle is really not our first preference. He messes with our minds and convinces us to compare our lives with others until we’re dissatisfied, to depend on our emotions far too much, to desire man’s approval even if it means giving in to compromise, and to struggle with where our confidence and value comes from. He finds us where we’re weak (and oh, you’d better believe that he knows), and tries to lure us over to his side.
God’s Word reminds us that with Satan on the prowl, we can’t just be a spectator in the battle. Ladies, it’s time to suit up and put on the full armor of God. It’s time to decide which side we’re on, and then to intelligently prepare for battle. Let’s show Satan that with the power of our strong God in us, we’re tough and determined and focused, and we can rise to the occasion. What are some practical ways you and I can do that? John MacArthur gives us a battle pep talk in his sermon here:
1. Remember that the death blow has already been dealt. Christ – our great Warrior King – has defeated Satan. Amen! (1 John 3:8)
2. Remember that the power that defeated Satan is dwelling in you! (1 John 4:4)
3. Be watchful and steadfast in your faith. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
4. Don’t give Satan a place in your life. (Eph. 4:27)
5. Don’t be ignorant of Satan’s devices. (2 Cor. 2:11)
6. Flee the devil when you see him coming. (James 4:7)
We can be ready. We know there will be a struggle, but we can be determined, with the power of God on our side, to stand our ground. And about that battle?
We know Who has already won.
Through our study of David we are reminded of a better Warrior who will one day return to rule and reign forever:
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.” – Revelation 19:11
The battle is the Lord’s. He is faithful and true, He reigns victorious, and no matter what we face in the here and now we can stand in confidence as we wait for that day. Let’s turn from our doubt and despair, battle warriors, and look to Him…
“They turned and saw the Lion himself, so bright and real and strong that everything else began at once to look pale and shadowy compared with him.” – C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
At His feet,
*Let’s Talk: Which of the six battle strategies mentioned above do you need to recommit yourself to today?