God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. -Ephesians 6:10-12
Nobody has to tell our young men and women serving in Iraq that we are in the middle of a war. Can you imaging how ridiculous it would be to be over there just hanging out with your fellow soldiers, totally oblivious to thew war raging on around you? It is almost unimaginable! How could you miss the missiles flying over head, the constant reports of casualties, the daily press against you from the enemy? It would be impossible right?
Well, if you don’t know this already, we are in the middle of a fierce battle ourselves. And believe it or not, it is a battle of more eternal value than any earthly war! I really like the scripture above for a couple reasons. One, it reminds us we are in a battle where the Devil will be throwing all kinds of things our way. But it also acknowledges that we have a God that is on our side, equipping us with the weapons needed to DEFEAT the enemy!
So how is the battle manifesting itself in your life today, this week, this month? Maybe you feel a little war weary, tired of fighting. Well, let me encourage you. The Lord is steadfast and committed to our success. He is going to spare nothing to provide you with that which is necessary to stand against that which the Devil may bring against you. Remember Jesus told Peter that the gates of Hell would not prevail against His Church! Be bold; be strong.