WE ARE WARRIORS
Imagine you are recruited and drafted into an elite tactical unit. You are excited about this adventurous journey you are about to embark upon. As you begin, you notice how long and thankless the hours are. Demands and expectations are high. Over time, you begin to lose members of the unit. Doing more with less makes your mission seem unattainable. You begin feeling inadequate and overwhelmed as you are stretched to fill roles that aren’t within your natural skill set. This exciting adventure you initially signed up for hasn’t exactly met your expectations.
This is the experience for many Christian women.
We began our journey with the Lord on fire… blazing with passion and excitement about God and His plan for this world. However, over time, life happens.
We get tired.
We get weary.
We are stretched.
We pour out so much of ourselves that we forget to first give ourselves to God. We experience tragedy, hurts, betrayal, and disappointments. Life often leads us to forget God’s calling for us. This world is our battleground.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. – Ephesians 6:10-13
Paul writes to the church of Ephesus to increase their passion for God. Jesus describes Ephesus as hardworking, persevering, and enduring many hardships for Him. However, Jesus rebukes them for forsaking Him as their first love (Revelation 2:2-4). When we lose our passion and focus, Paul gives us three reminders from Ephesians 6:
(1) The Christian life is a battleground, not a playground. God makes it clear in His Word (Matt 10:22; John 15:18) that believers will have to fight to represent Jesus to a lost world that hates Him. On our day of salvation, God gave us a new life, but that doesn’t mean we wait doing nothing until Jesus returns. We must share the Good News of Jesus. We must pour out our love, grace, and mercy on the unlovable. We must demonstrate godliness to our family, friends, and coworkers. The struggle is real. Are you in the battle or on the swings?
(2) Our ULTIMATE enemy is Satan. Although we battle with people, Paul reminds us that our ultimate enemy is not against flesh and blood. The goal of Satan is to hinder God’s Word, to discourage salvation, and to destroy our testimony. Satan encourages disharmony, discord, and division in our marriages, homes, and workplaces. When we refuse to forgive and allow anger to reign in our hearts, we end up battling the very people that God wants to reach through us. We must guard against misrepresenting Jesus to those who need Him the most. Are you God’s advocate or Satan’s?
(3) Without God, the battle cannot be won. In spiritual battle, physical weapons should not be used. Verses 14-18 describe our full armor of God. God has provided us with defensive armor and powerful offensive weapons to wage war by His means and in His strength. Our fighting is done through total reliance on God using His spiritual weapons of warfare – never on our own or in our own strength. Are you warring with God’s weapons or your own?
Studying the life of David, we learn how he used faith, obedience, and the weapons of God to defeat enemies. When we fight for God, we have all of heaven backing us. God’s strength is absolutely perfect in our weakness. The battle is here whether we are willing to fight or not. Lack of preparation, lack of interest, and lack of readiness is not an option. We are warriors!
Father God, thank You for the privilege of allowing imperfect people to carry out Your perfect plans. Lord, renew our passion and endurance for the battle. Help us, Lord, to walk worthy of our calling. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
*Let’s Talk: How can we pray for you as you begin to wage spiritual warfare in your homes, your workplaces, and in your communities?
Grace and peace to you,