made strong for the fight

As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.

Psalm 18:30-36

The lines are blurred between the physical and spiritual in this psalm, but make no mistake about it, even the psalmist was in spiritual warfare, in fact that was the basis for the physical warfare Israel was waging. Put better, their dependence on God was foundational to what warfare they waged.

For us today as God’s people, we are in a spiritual battle. But that plays out in physical ways, what we actually do and say, as well as what we refuse to do and say. You can’t entirely separate the physical from the spiritual, in fact in a certain sense you can’t at all since our faith is incarnational. Christianity is Christ-centered, meaning that the physical is met and even imbued with the spiritual. So that the expression of our faith is always resolutely down to earth.

We are in a spiritual battle. Half of the battle is to remember and accept that. And then to receive God’s strength and take up what he has given us (Ephesians 6:10-20). And carry on. In and through Jesus.

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