“From the days of John the Baptist, until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” - Matthew 11:12
We stand in the midst of a battle. Whether I choose to believe or not, the battle rages on. I see the wounded all around, hurting, broken, singed by the arrows of our enemy. I can cower overwhelmed at the evil hurled by our enemy, or stand and take my role in advancing the kingdom of heaven.
Spiritual warfare, I taught this week, I lived this week. Time to polish my weapons, fit myself with my armor, grasp my sword - the Word of God, that in the strength of my commander I can annihilate our enemy today and walk in the victory Jesus already won for me.
No longer can I close my eyes and watch my fellow warriors fall, pretending it didn't happen. The cries of anguish pierce my soul and I refuse to leave them down on the field of life.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” - Ephesians 6:10-12
Spiritual warfare begins with realizing that we are already in the middle of it.
Easily we believe that Jesus defeated our enemy on the cross, and yet, we continue to allow the enemy to push us around and take advantage of us. Jesus made me to be a victor, but sometimes I act more like a victim.
Pretending the enemy doesn't exist, weakens my defense. Ignorance covers its eyes and like a two year old says "I can't see you, you're not there." while he lurks waiting to devour.
I need not fear. The enemy clings to the darkness, but the light of the Word shines the truth. The sacrifice on the cross drips with a blood stained victory.
I choose to be aware of my enemy, but impressed with God.
No more sitting on the sidelines. It's time to wage war.