We are involved in battle every day. This battle, however, is not one over resources, freedoms, representation, or any of the other numerous reasons people may wage war in this life. It’s not a battle where artillery, drones, body armor, or any other physical means of offense or defense will be of any use. Instead this conflict is a spiritual one, and each and every one of us is a battlefield where the object of conquest is nothing less than our souls. This is a conflict that looks very different from what we think about when we typically think of physical battles.
We’ve been studying from Ephesians 6, particularly from verses 10-19, in talking about how we prepare for the spiritual battles of this life. Last time, we talked about the fact that our struggle is a spiritual one, that we must be prepared to overcome, and that this battle is ultimately the Lord’s. We lean on Him for our victory. In this continual conflict, we have one obstacle we might never consider, but it can be the strongest opposition we face — our own self will.
We’ve been looking at the spiritual battles we face every day. This battle is not a physical one that involves heavy armor and artillery. Instead it’s a spiritual battle in which we are both participants and battle fields. It’s a continual conflict we must be prepared for and committed to. We defend ourselves with God’s armaments as described in Ephesians 6:10-18, and Paul emphasizes in verse 12 that our adversary is not of this world. Rather, our enemy is the ruler of darkness.
If we’re truly following Christ, we are engaged in a battle. Ephesians 6:10 opens a passage that describes us as arming ourselves for that spiritual conflict. It’s something that we have to be prepared for if we are going to survive. Paul goes on to enumerate the times we should be wearing God’s armor as we engage in a battle for our souls. This preparation helps us stand firm.