an inescapable part of the Christian life

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.

Ephesians 6:10-20

Over and over again I return to this passage, because I realize that once again I’m in a spiritual battle. I much prefer the “green pastures” and “quiet waters” (Psalm 23). But they seem short lived, maybe my own fault to some extent. But even if not at fault, life in this world for the Christian does include the spiritual warfare spoken of here.

It is part of the total package, and we may as well get used to it. Not so much question ourselves, but realize God’s word has given us warning, and spelled out God’s provision for us to be strengthened and stand firm in the midst of it. In and through Jesus.