Well, recently I've been listening to this song called War by Trip Lee a lot. And its really gotten me thinking. The lyrics are crazy good and I love the picture it puts in your head. So I've been thinking about war and this fight that we're in spiritually. This also might have to do with the fact I'm in LOVE with the show Falling Skies which is a show about war and how I've been reading The New Jedi Order series which is also about war. So yeah. That might explain something.
But we are in a battle. A spiritual battle. God has been calling me to read Ephesians 6:10-19 lately. Its about the full armor of God. I love it when they use analogies in the bible because it gives you a picture and helps you to understand it better. God does that for me a lot, He'll teach me something using things I love or have more knowledge of. But this chapter is really cool. God gives us everything we need to stand firm. A helmet (of salvation), the belt (of truth), shoes (of peace), the shield (of faith), and the sword (of the spirit.) In Ephesians 6:10 it says "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." Not our own strength. But to rely on Him because He is so much stronger! We are weak. So let God be your strength.
We have an enemy. The Devil. He will do anything to cause us to sin or believe lies. But we have our shields (I don't know about you but my personal shield looks like Captain America's.) to deflect the flaming arrows of the evil one. In our world today we are lied to all the time. Lies are everywhere. We are constantly being told what to think and how to live. But we need to put on the belt of truth. The belt it what will hold it all together. We are held together by truth.
Then there's the other kind of war. The war inside. This concept came from a song by Switchfoot called The War Inside. But it's so true! It says "Every fight comes from the fight within." Let that sink in for a second. Everyone has a fight going on within them. Something they struggle with. Sometimes the fight even comes out. Like when your internally struggling with something and then someone does a little thing to upset you and you blow up on them. Of course its not their fault. There might be a war raging on within you. Ask God to help you win that war. Whatever it is. Use the armor that He gave you. You can overcome this. Whatever it is your facing, you can defeat. Be strong in the Lord. Not in your own strength. The Lord's.
Sometimes the fight seems impossible to win. In the beginning of War (by Trip Lee) he describes the war we're in. It's insane. He says how hard it is and describes the destruction and chaos that's going on. But then the King comes in and rescues us. He saves us. I would recommend listening to that song. Its amazing. Overcome the war inside. God promises that He'll win the spiritual battle. We know that from the book of Revelation. But today...win the war that rages within you. Let go of whatever is holding you back and give it to God. You don't have to fight this on your own. There are people in your life to help you, and God will be with you. Always.
Today you fight. You will be strong.