Like it or not, we in Jesus are involved in spiritual warfare. To be quite honest, I can’t say I entirely like it, because it seems to me that some of the arrows from the evil one get through to me at times. If that’s the case, and to some extent I suspect it is, that can be the Lord’s mercy in helping me to shore up my position through becoming stronger for the fight, that strength being in the Lord, and in his mighty power. And learning to better put on the full armor of God. All topped off with the necessary ongoing prayer. Once again, that classic passage, Ephesians 6:10-20:
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.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
A simple key here which is probably underrated is “in Christ.” Or in the passage itself, “in the Lord.” The popular evangelical speak in teaching (and not just evangelical), one’s position in Christ, or identity in him, is of vital importance, to be sure. And the rest of the book of Ephesians is key in helping us understand that. In the apt summary of Watchman Nee: “Sit, Walk, Stand.” In other words, we have to learn through our identity in Christ how we are seated with him in the heavenly realm (or places), and learn to walk in the conduct of our lives accordingly, and from that, we will be able to stand well in the battle against the spiritual entities we face.
Through all of this, and related to the past two posts, we can become stronger. The danger lies in giving up, giving in, or not persevering so as to break through. Of course it ultimately doesn’t depend on us; it depends on the Lord, and the power and truth of the gospel. We have to do what we’re called to do, knowing that it is he who will see us through, and that actually we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8, a good passage to meditate on in regard to this entire subject).
And so, though I seemed to take some strong body blows, and even a good smack or two on the head yesterday (of course metaphorically), I look forward to something good to come out of even the worst. As I hang in there, and seek to understand and better live in the faith which is ours in and through Jesus.