12 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.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. - Ephesians 6:12-13
I think sometimes we can be overwhelmed by the battle. We catch glimpses of the broader picture and the sheer size of the battle can defeat us. There is still so much to accomplish, there is no way our efforts will amount to anything. Or maybe there is so much coming at us today that there is just no way we can take new ground. We wonder how we’re supposed to make new disciples when we can barely make it through the day.
We are reminded in this verse that we are only called to stand firm when the battle rages. We only need to stand our ground. Sometimes that’s all we can do. When a soldier is preparing for battle, he is told his only job is to defend the 24 inches around himself. He is not to worry about everything else happening in the battle - that’s the job of the officer in command. The soldier’s job is simply to defend his own square in the battlefield. He is to stand firm on his own personal space. It’s important that soldiers don’t lose sight of the battle right in front of them by focusing on something they are not responsible for.
The war against your soul is fought the same way. Stand firm on your own personal space. Don’t get wrapped up in the bigger picture or or let yourself get overwhelmed by all that still needs to be accomplished. That fear can distract you from what’s happening right in front of you. Keep your own heart pure, fight the temptations in front of you on those hard days. If you don’t put your own oxygen mask on first, you can’t help anyone else. In the battle for our souls, we need to be sure our own soul is protected before we start worrying about any others. Are you doing what you need to do today to stand your ground?
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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