April 2017 Devotion

WE ARE IN A WAR: ARE YOU PREPARED?

 

Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. (2Timothy 2:3-4)

 

We are at war. I am not speaking of any of the current physical warfare occurring around the world, but war of a spiritual nature.  As followers & soldiers of Jesus Christ, we should be prepared in a far more superior nature than that of any soldier fighting physical warfare.

 

The Bible shares many strategies for preparing for the tactics of our enemy – Satan.  We are instructed in Ephesians 6:10-18 to put on the WHOLE/FULL armor of God.

 

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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 

Christians experienced in spiritual warfare usually remember to follow Ephesians 6:10-18.  However, one major area is virtually overlooked – the mental/emotional preparation mentioned in 2 Timothy 2:3-4.  We forget to detach from everything that may draw our focus away from our Commander In Chief – Jesus Christ. We must stay in one accord with His plan. Do not deviate from His battle plan. No one knows the enemy better than Jesus. He triumphed over him many times – the ultimate win being the one Jesus achieved with His death on the cross and His resurrection.

 

It is said that if a soldier does not know himself or his enemy, his chance of survival in war is zilch. If a soldier knows himself, but does not know his enemy, his chance of survival is minimal. If a soldier knows himself and knows his enemy, his chance of survival in war is very good. Follow Ephesians 6:10-18 AND 2 Timothy 2:3-4, put your trust in the Lord and follow Him. Yes, we are in a constant spiritual war with our enemy, but with the Lord on our side, victory is ours!

 

Father, help us as we struggle daily with the enemy. May we remain focused on You and Your plan as we continue our life-long process (war) of separating from sin and becoming more Christ-like until You return to take us home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.