In a song duet between Paul McCarthy and Michael Jackson, the two singers had a vocal battle fighting over a woman. In one line sung by Michael he told Paul, “I’m a lover not a fighter.”
This led me to remember a battle we all face. We know about the love of Jesus, the salvation promised to believers and eternal life to come. What about the life we live while we wait for the kingdom of God to come?
In a letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul writes to early believers about how we must live as believers of Christ. He begins with general direction related to children, parents, servants, and masters. Today, we can also apply these principals to our families and work lives.
Then, in Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul speaks specifically about our spiritual lives. He warns of a spiritual battle we face, a battle some of us ignore or deny. He tells us to be strong and get dressed for this battle.
“For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Whether we like it or not, we are in a fight.
Apostle Paul instructs us to take up the whole “armor of God” which includes: the girdle of truth, a breastplate of righteousness, sandals covered with peace, the shield of faith, a helmet of salvation and the sword of God (which is the Word of God).
Unlike the song between Michael and Paul, we must be a lover AND a fighter. As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to be lovers of our neighbor, but also to fight our enemy in the Spirit. In perseverance, while praying and watching, we must fight in the trenches to overcome our enemy; wickedness and spiritual darkness.
We should have no fear associated with this fight. The war has already been won by Christ with His death and resurrection. All we have to do is suit up, stand our ground and pray……..we win.