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This post is inspired by an article on the blog ReThink. I love their refreshing views and call to action on the violence attacks in America.
Sometimes it feels just like this world is falling apart doesn’t it? Violence is spreading like wildfire in the form of terrorism, war, racism, and shootings. People are mad, and the U.S. is restless. I don’t know about you but turning on the news or scrolling through Facebook kind of makes me just want to curl up in bed with a children’s book, pretending that everything is okay again.
But we can’t do that. Not if we want to save the world from destruction. As Christians, we are called to be on the front lines of the battle between good and evil. This isn’t a war that we can see. Behind all the yelling, arguing, and killing is a spiritual battle that is waging war right before our eyes. Unfortunately many people are blind to what is really happening around them.
I know that for a lot of Christians, the topic of spiritual warfare is a little freaky. It was for me too. But it is Biblical and something every believer should be aware of since we live in a fallen world.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12 KJV).
So when you feel darkness consuming the world, or days when God feels far away and the struggle is just too real, remember the unseen battle before you.
The good news is that we are not powerless in this battle. God has equipped us with everything we need to fight the good fight. Ephesians 6 goes into detail on the armor that God has given us through Jesus Christ.
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. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ehesians 6:13-17 NKJV).
I encourage you to study Ephesians 6 this week and think of practical ways you can put on these different parts of the armor of God. It’s not like we have to be constantly looking for evil and spiritual battles, but proactively walking in God’s strength gives us an advantage over sin and darkness.
Okay, so the armor of God is the secret to spiritual warfare in our personal lives. But what about the rest of the world? What can we do in a world full of darkness and evil?
We can be the light of Jesus (Matthew 5:14). God created us to be the love that radiates from the cross to every corner of the earth. Jesus is love and He is in us, so we must always walk in love and light. He died for everyone, including those who spread hatred and violence.
God calls us to love like this. We must pray for people and serve them. We must forgive our enemies and do good to them. We must spread love and peace wherever we go as we preach the Kingdom of God. We must tell the least of these, the ones who are despised or forgotten, that Jesus gives life.
God sees me and He sees you. Let us not forget this in these last days. Let’s do the will of God and show the world who our Savior really is. After all, there is no better battle plan than the Gospel of grace.
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