I recently read a book called “Building Better Families” by Matthew Kelly. He discussed many topics related to raising amazing children. I was reading the book for obvious reasons, but God spoke to me in an unexpected way.
In one portion, Kelly listed out how to win a war. Here is what he wrote:
- Know that you are at war
- Know who or what you are fighting for, who or what you are defending, why it is important to win, and what is at stake if you lose
- Know who your allies are
- Know who or what your enemy is
- Know what weapons and strategies can defeat your enemy
After this section of the book, the Holy Spirit gently explained to me that I had forgotten all of this. I had let my guard down. While I won’t go into detail about the circumstance, I HAD forgotten all of it. I had become comfortable, even complacent.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
- We ARE at war
- We are fighting for the kingdom, ourselves, our families, our friends, et al.
- We are sons and daughters of God, and all those who can honestly say the same will fight with us
- Our enemy is the father of lies and prowls around us waiting to sow those lies in our lives
- “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
Praise is a weapon! Prayer is a weapon! Being in community and accountability to each other is a weapon! Be vigilant! Do not let your guard down!
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 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 firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” Ephesians 6:10-18
I’ve heard it said many times that there is no mention of any armor for your back. It is because as children of God, we are meant to fight. We are not meant to retreat, run away, or back down. We are to face the enemy head on.
We are at war, we have something to fight for, we have someone to defend, we have allies, we have an enemy, and we have the weapons to defeat him!
Let’s suit up, link arms, and prepare for battle!
~ Ashleigh McClain