We are in spiritual warfare today like we have never seen before! We are in social warfare, political warfare, health care warfare, and a national identity crisis. There is no wonder about these realities. The issue before us is about what to do and how to understand the current dilemmas. I believe there is an answer in the Word of God, which gives us sustained hope and a designated course of action.
In the book of Ephesians, chapter 6, verses 10-20, the writer, after presenting convincing arguments for spiritual blessings we possess in Jesus Christ, the power of prayer, our being made alive in Christ, the essential unity in the Body of Christ, and clear instructions on Christian living, then concludes with an alert to be ready for spiritual battle by taking up and utilizing the “the armor of God.”
This confirms for us that spiritual battle is a part of the Christian life and our existence in a world that, in principle, resists the will and purpose of God. This is no secret and should not surprise the believer in the Lord. It is the nature of things in a fallen world, compromised human history, and must be addressed with the tools God has made available and by the saving work of Jesus Christ. That is why, with a passionate plea, the Apostle urges the church to “be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.” We are to do so by putting on the full armor of God in order to stand for what is right and to engage the battle against evil forces and schemes. It was not only true for the ancient church; it is true for us today. We are in a battle for all we may hold dear, so now is the time to fight the good fight and lay hold on the provision and promise of God.
Dumas Alexander Harshaw, Jr., Ph.D, Pastor
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