We are all in a battle…
There is no neutral territory and there are no civilians. We are all part of the fight as there are no sidelines to sit on when it comes to spiritual warfare.
As in any battle, the enemy wants to confuse us, distract us and draw our attention to other things. If we allow that to happen we will wander from the front line thinking the battle is elsewhere, or perhaps worse, we will engage the wrong enemy all together.
This week we launch our new sermon series out of Ephesians 6, “Ready for Battle”. In this passage Paul calls us to put on the whole armor of God and to ready ourselves for battle. All the while keeping our focus on who the real enemy is. When we are prepared, and when we rely on God’s strength rather than of our own, we might be shocked at the victory’s that come.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 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 firm."