For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of the world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
We feed or bury a grudge we’ve held for years. We walk away from the source of a fresh emotional wound. We try so hard to make fears and anxieties lessen, but the heaviness of heart remains. Thoughts of doubt, pain, frustration, and fear litter our minds, and we look around for a focus to which we can point a finger. We fight against people and situations, but we forget we are not worldly creatures. We were created to walk a spiritual life, and we often find that our daily battles are best fought in God’s armor.
We are children of God, and, though we live in the world, we are not of it. Our future and our hopes are based in our spiritual life and our walk with Christ. That means that our conflicts and anxieties often run so much deeper than passing annoyance or an inconvenient situation. As Bible toting, scripture reading, daily praying women of God, we are a target for the enemy. We spread the gospel, and the enemy wants nothing more than to turn us away from our faith and our Father. Instead of letting earthly situations dominate our thoughts or drive us to the edge, we must take our cares to the prayer closet. We must battle through the Word; telling the enemy that nothing he does will prosper and that God’s plans will prevail. God has given us tools to fight the toughest battles, and we can’t forget to pick them up and use them.
Spiritual battles cannot be fought with earthly means. When we just can’t seem to shake a heavy heart we take up the armor of God, and we fight with a God-given strength. We wield the Word, lay it all at His feet, and find incomparable victory.
Lord, the stresses of life can distract us from our place as Your children. So often we point to people or situations as the source of our trouble and forget that we are warriors fighting a much deeper battle. Help us to look past our earthly vision and see Your desire for our victory. Help us take up Your armor and find strength in You. Amen.
Can you recall times when you sought to improve a situation through prayer and study?
How do the results of those situations compare to times when you confronted issues on your own?