When it comes to the spiritual battle, I’d like to close the discussion, at least for now, with several thoughts. Hopefully, they will serve to embolden us as we press forth in the battle of the Lord.
First, it’s critical that we remember WHO the enemy is. Your adversary isn’t your neighbor, your spouse, your child, your coworker, your boss or some random stranger. Paul said, “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.” (Eph. 6:12) Clearly, according to the apostle, the enemy is Satan and his minions. If we would only view things from this vantage point, I believe we’d be less tripped up over personalities, feelings and insults. It isn’t the people we see; it’s those spiritual forces that escape our vision! While each earthly evildoer is responsible, they’re merely Satan’s pawns in a battle that’s much bigger than our little world.
Second, don’t ever forget the SOURCE of your energy – it’s not within ourselves. Paul encouraged believers to,“be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.“ (Eph. 6:10) Note that this strength is according to “His might.” The Lord is the power source. He strengthens and energizes those who place their trust in Him. I’ve heard it illustrated this way: You and I, no matter how hard we may try, cannot of our own means fly; however, when we put ourselves in an airplane and yield to its power, suddenly we can soar. Likewise, none of us can run 50 mph (no matter what’s chasing us); however, when we harness the power of an automobile, we can achieve speeds well beyond that. While these illustrations are limited, the point remains: transferred power can be personally utilized. In the battle, we fight in the Lord’s strength, not our own.
Third, realize believers have already WON. The Lord, through His death, burial and Resurrection wonderfully accomplished such. Consequently, we are fighting “from” victory, as opposed to fighting “for” victory. This is a huge distinction. I found the following analogy in my notes, unfortunately, I don’t know the author to give him/her the credit.
During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe. Most military experts agree that victory of the allies was assured on D-Day, the day they successfully invaded Nazi occupied Europe on the Normandy beaches. Because Germany failed to prevent their entrance, victory for the British, American and Canadian forces was inevitable. But it took 11 months for the allies actually to end the war. During this time, 1,000’s of men lost their lives in the bloodiest battles of the conflict. The coming VE-Day was assured, but not realized.
It’s noteworthy that the forthcoming VE-Day (victory in Europe day) “was assured, but not realized.” Several years ago, when we lived in the Memphis area, my wife came home and told me about one of her patients she worked with at the nursing home. This gentleman, then at the end of his life, years ago in the strength of his youth was among those who had stormed Normandy. Being a veteran and so appreciative of those courageous soldiers, I had to meet this man. So, in a day or so I went down there with my oldest son. Outside the door of this gentleman’s room, I told Pearson, “Son you are about to meet a real hero.” It was so surreal, listening to him, in such a humble manner, speak of that great day of fear, drama and victory.
As the months following that notable event on June 6, 1944, although the ultimate victory is ours, the fight absolutely must continue. May God help us as Christians, who are in the throes of a most intense spiritual battle, to resolve to fight until we draw our last breath.
You are loved!