Imagine being like a fugitive running for your life everyday. Chased by your enemies day and night , you cannot sleep, cannot eat, and you’re exhausted. Nowhere to run and nobody to help you, you just want to die. But you keep on fighting. You keep on living. You keep on trying to survive. This was King David’s life, always on the run for more than a decade. A non-fiction, his story was told from the book of Samuel through Kings ( 1 Samuel 16 – 1 Kings 2).
We all are like King David in a way. Everyday we fight to survive. Everyday is a battle. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12). This is spiritual warfare. The battleground is our heart and mind.
Since the beginning man had been involved in battles. And the battle we have with each other are the result of the cosmic war between good and evil. This is the war in the universe – between Christ and Satan. Everyone is involved and we cannot be neutral for as Jesus said “If you are not with me you are against me…”– Matthew 12:30. If you are not going on the straight road then you are going on the crooked one. It is either you are going to the heavenly city or the city of destruction. No grey area. Head or tail – you choose.
You are either on the winning team or the losing team. But when you choose to be on the winning side you still need to fight, you still need to wage war. You are not excused and there is no excuse. Not a pleasant thought but you cannot escape it. And because you cannot escape you might as well accept it.
Prepare and be ready. And how do you do that? Paul’s advise was ” 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. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…” – Ephesians 6:13-18.
But here is your assurance – God is not expecting you to fight alone. He will help you but you have to participate. Divine power plus human effort equals victory. If you have a believing mind you will be filled with spiritual power – “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”, Philippians 4:13.
Practice your spiritual muscles by studying the word of God and talking to Him in prayers. “Call to me and I will answer you and teach you great and mighty things.” Jeremiah 33:3.
It’s now Easter Sunday. The battle has already been won. Jesus defeated the enemy and so can we.