Standing on God's Side
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. — Ephesians 6:11-17
The attacks can come out of nowhere, blindsiding us. They rip into our hearts and lives—the sin that besets us, the temptations that assail us, the fear that overtakes us. Satan has many weapons in his arsenal and he's ready and eager to use them all to battle against Christ's followers.
We cannot explain away the battles or pretend they don't exist. There's truly nowhere to run. Instead, we have to decide where to stand. Are we willing to serve as soldiers of Christ? Are we willing to battle against the darkness?
We aren't left to our own devices. We depend on God's power and wear the armor he provides. Then we go out to fight the battles. every inch of ground we take back from Satan brings light and hope to our embattled world.
Dress in your armor. You are needed on the battlefield.
Father, I choose to serve You on the battlefield today and every day.