10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
- Ephesians 6:10-11
It would be impossible to count the number of times I have called on the Lord for His strength. I want to be strong in the Lord, but this world can drag me down and make me weak at times. There is temptation to satisfy my own desires all around me, and there are daily challenges that frustrate me. It’s easy to just give in or give up. There are days I lose my temper or patience, give in to the fear of an unknown future, take control or force my expectations into a situation, or throw my hands up and walk away. Daily, I need to draw upon the strength that the Lord offers me to keep me from these temptations.
Paul knows on this side of forever, we are in battle - daily. It is a daily battle for who will rule our hearts, and every day we must live in the context that we are in battle. As long as sin lives in our hearts, we will continue to esteem comfort over redemption, we will still want our way over others, we still tend to complain through the refining work of the Lord, and we will only glorify Christ when things are going our way.
Some of us shy away from the term “spiritual battle” because it conjures up demons and angels or other supernatural things that the world tells us don’t exist because they are not tangible. The spiritual battle that is being referred to here is the fight between flesh and Spirit over who will control your heart. If you’ve ever wrestled with yourself about doing the “right” thing or the easy thing, you’ve engaged in a spiritual battle. That’s what Paul is referring to in this passage.
The battle for our hearts is constant - daily, we need to put on the whole armor of God if we are going to find victory. That means if we want to live for Christ in every aspect of our lives, we need to utilize every piece of armor He has offered us in His Word.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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