I never knew when I received salvation through Jesus Christ that I was signing up for the army. I never knew that God would call me to be a soldier in the spiritual warfare of life.
But here I am, years later, and God is awakening me to the battle around me.
So rarely when we talk about Christianity, do we talk about the aspect of spiritual warfare. It’s weird, it’s bogus, it’s not real. We sweep it under the rug because it doesn’t make sense.
Unfortunately, pretending there is no war doesn’t make it not exist, and it doesn’t take away our responsibility in it.
The world unseen, the Bible talks about it all the time. What does it mean?
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the dark powers of this world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6.12, NIV).
Our struggle is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
The Bible talks often about angels and spiritual forces. It’s not some misty, mysterious thing that super spiritual people fake. This is Biblical. And it’s more than just real, it’s at war right around you.
When Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den, God showed him mercy and saved him that he might glorify His name. But how did he save him? Daniel says, “My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions” (Daniel 6.22a, NIV).
Did you catch that? God sent His angel to save Daniel. I like to imagine the angel showed up and wrestled with these lions to secure their mouths shut. Regardless of how the struggle went down, the angel was sent on mission to battle for Daniel.
Angels aren’t just Christmas tree toppers or the simple guardians your grandmother talks about. The Bible says “He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go” (Psalm 91.11, NLT).
He sends his angels to protect you. Why? So you don’t trip and spill your coffee all over your desk at work? No! He sends His angels to protect each and every one of us because we are in the middle of the most dangerous war the universe has ever and will ever see.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10.10).
What is the enemy trying to steal? Maybe your energy, your joy, your ambition. What is he coming to destroy? Maybe your work, your marriage, your glory. But why?
The enemy doesn’t come to just to steal from you and leave it at that. He steals, kills, and destroys because he knows if he can steal your joy, he can steal your heart. If he steals your heart, he kills your life.
So many of us walk around dead. What has the enemy stolen from you that killed your heart? What did he do to you that killed your soul? What attacks has the enemy laid against you in this war for souls?
Things don’t just happen. God doesn’t just allow things to occur. He and his angels are constantly battling for us.
As God was revealing this to me I began to think, “If God is really bigger and more powerful than all things, why does it seem like the Enemy continues to gain every day? If this is an arm wrestle between God and the Enemy, shouldn’t it at least be tipped in God’s direction?”
We sing all the time, “He didn’t want Heaven without us.” God does not want to fight this war without us. In fact, He won’t. But just like we can refuse His love, we can refuse to acknowledge the spiritual battle around us every day.
And we do. I have. I do. But the reality is God has given each of us a task only we can do. Are you doing it? I know most days I haven’t. But God is awakening my heart, and I believe He’s beginning to awaken yours as well.
Wake up, see the battle around you. What is your role, the one God has laid out just for you? If you don’t do it, no one will. The enemy gains because we fail to play our part in the battle.
Imagine if we all woke up and strapped on our belt of truth, our breastplate of righteousness, our helmet of salvation, our sandals of the readiness of the gospel of peace, and picked up our sword of the Spirit and ran at the enemy?
The latter half of John 10:10 says, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” Jesus wants us to have life to the full, that’s why He came.
If He came for us to have life to the full, why do we meander from day to day without ambition, without joy, without purpose? The enemy has stolen these things, he has stolen our hearts. But I believe we are waking up.
I wish I was with you right now to talk more about this. There’s just too much to say to contain in one blog post, but I hope I’ve at least sparked your curiosity. If you want a good read, the very book God has used to begin to awaken my heart, check out “Waking the Dead” by John Eldridge.
Wake up, there is a battle going on around you. Ask God what your part is, ask Him what this spiritual battle even means. He’ll show you.
By: Victoria Rinear