The Real Battle

 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. -Ephesians 6:12 (CSB)

Every time I turn on a news channel or pick up a paper there is something about a conflict or battle between someone or some organization and President Trump. If not a conflict with the president, them some ideological war between one group of people and another or a religious battle. You get where I’m going — it doesn’t seem to end.

But what and where is the most important battle we all face in our daily lives, especially as believers? It takes place in the mind. It is those voices that tell us things all day long about ourselves and others, often with negative connotations attached.

I just started a new daily devotional plan in YouVersion (love that app) from Joyce Meyer named after one of her greatest books, Battlefield of the Mind. In reading it, I am reminded of the importance that I be aware of the battle going around me constantly and prepared for it.

Satan is subtle and can be very patient when it comes to his plans to derail our lives as servants of Christ. In today’s reading, Joyce recalls the story of someone who had an affair on his wife that he never meant to start, but through a series of seemingly innocent occurrences, it happened. A sympathetic ear turns into a hug and so on… All seemingly harmless at first. If we are not careful and think through our actions, such can happen to us. As much as I love my wife and have never plan to cheat on her, it could easily begin through a series of [what appear to be] perfectly righteous actions and behavior. I must be aware of that and ever-vigilant. Let those of us who are Christians be ever-mindful of the fact that we are such —  and that we serve a Lord who is much bigger than any temptation this world may throw at us. We must make sure we are suited with the right armor and fighting on the right battlefield!

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