It is important that we stop thinking about our battles being against other humans. Our battle is not with flesh and blood. We are in a spiritual battle in life in which our souls are the spoils of battle. And we find that the power to fight through the armor of God in Jesus.
1 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. 2 When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. 3 He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. 4 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God…
When we stand with God, we are to never be afraid. When we stand with God, he goes with us. If we try to mount up forces to go our own ways, we may find that we are alone and God is not with us. Yet when we go with God, he goes before. This is the confidence in which Moses would lead his people into battle, and Joshua after him.
Our battle is not against other nations from whom God will give us land or resources. That’s not our modern-day reality. The purpose and plan of God in the story of Israel is largely complete for them, with the final reconciliation of Israel to God coming in the last days (Romans 11:25-27). For us, the battle of God is raging here and now.
It is important that we stop thinking about our battles and fights as being against other humans. Our brothers and sisters who are our neighbours and fellow citizens are not our enemies. Even if we do not align with them in values or religion or in ideology or political perspective, they are not our enemy.
You see, our battle is not with flesh and blood. We are in a spiritual battle, in which God is leading us. The powers and enemy we face war against our souls which God wants aligned and submitted to him. We face an enemy we don’t often see coming, which works in the darkness and tempts and tantalizes and even cuts down our confidence in ourselves and God.
We have a fierce enemy. And we have the armour of God. We have the Lord’s strength and mighty power in which we can stand and be strong. We find that this power in which we can stand is the same power which is at work in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:18-20).
Have you thought about your battles and how to stand with God? Have you considered that God can make you strong in him to face the forces against us in this world? Do not fear and take heart as you put on the armour God offers us in him.