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It’s a Battle

May 10, 2017

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It’s a Battle

We probably don’t think  of ourselves  as soldiers,  but we are.     Whether we’re a sweet,  little ol’ lady,  a construction worker,  a high school football player,  or whatever  —  we’re all supposed to be  soldiers.

If we’re not acting as soldiers,  it’s possible  that we’re losing our battle.     If we’re not fighting  —  we’re losing.

We are battling  for our life.

When Paul wrote  to the Ephesians,  he had a long list  of the types  of battles  we must win.     According to Paul,  our battles are to include  fighting against:  deceitfulness,  sensuality,  tempers,  stealing,  dirty mouths,  bitterness,  slander,  immorality,  impurity,  greed,  idolatry,  drunkenness,  lovelessness,  disobedience,  laziness,  faithlessness,  etc.

All these and more  are spiritual battles  within ourselves.     We can either  let God rule  in our hearts  and minds  —  or the devil will rule  in our hearts  and minds.     When the devil rules,  we won’t even know  we’ve lost the battle.     All of our naturally sinful nature  will just think  that we’re doing fine  in this competitive world.     We won’t even have  the common sense  to call out to God  for help.

When Paul warns us  to be strong  in the Lord,  he tells us  what we’re up against  in our daily battles.     In Ephesians 6:12-13,  Paul cautions,

For our struggle  is not against flesh and blood,  but against the rulers,  against the powers,  against the world forces  of this darkness,  against the spiritual forces  of wickedness  in the heavenly places.

Therefore,  take up the full armor  of God,  that you may be able  to resist  in the evil day,  and having done everything,  to stand firm.

Every temptation  to live contrary  to God’s will  is a battle  with the devil  and his unseen forces  in this world.     When we easily cave in  to temptation,  we don’t seem  to be aware  of having lost a battle.     “What battle?”  we ask.

As we look  at the world around us,  people are caving in  all over the place.     And,  they imagine  (just imagine)  they are having  a “good time”  losing all the battles  of their life.     For every battle they lose,  the devil  has a stronger hold  on their life.     In a relatively short time,  they no longer have the will  to call a sin  sinful.

When the devil completely wins them over,  they will even defend  all sorts of evil acts  —  calling evil  something good.     They will be afraid  of not being “politically correct”.     The opinions  of the world  will influence them more  than God’s word.     In other words,  they will love the world  more than they love  or respect  their Creator.

But,  come Judgment Day,  they won’t even know “why”  they caved in  to those temptations.     Only then will they see  that each of those temptations  was a senseless thing  to do.     Only then  will they understand  that they had  all sorts of better choices  that they didn’t even begin  to consider.

Only then  will they wish  they had fought.

We are not alone  when we fight temptations  and worldly influences.     We have God’s promise  to never leave us.     And,  God gives us  an armor  that we must put on,  if we intend  to come out  a winner.

We are fighting  the unseen evil  that is within ourselves  —  that has great control  throughout this world  —  and that is much more powerful  than we are.

Are we fit  for battle?     We will be fit  if we have the LORD  on our side  and wear the armor  He gives us.

Our armor includes:  truth,  righteousness,  the gospel of peace,  faith,  salvation in the blood of Christ,  the word of God,  and prayer.

The world laughs  at our armor  and mocks it.     But,  that doesn’t matter  because the power  of the LORD God Almighty  stands behind it.     What more could we ask?

Then,  as we win our battles  for our life  and gain strength  for the next battle,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD is my Strength  and my Fortress.     I don’t have to be  a loser.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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