by Paula Harrington
Another headline of an additional American life lost in the war in Afghanistan topped the list of news recently. I was saddened by the thoughts of the parents, spouse, and children affected and soon my mind drifted to the men and women fighting an even deadlier opponent.
War isn’t confined to the battlefield of Middle Eastern locales far removed from quiet suburban neighborhoods, such as ours. It is here and now.
Our spiritual enemy is alive and well (Ephesians 6:12), and will not stop until he destroys our children, marriages, and congregations.
While we go about our typical schedules, he attacks our loved ones by tragic means. He preaches that evil is good and good is evil and does so convincingly. He whispers that we are worthless, alone, and unloved.
He entices us to slip away from our Savior and keeps us so busy that we fail to notice when we do. He sows wrath, discord, and doubt. He proclaims that unity is futile, peace is impossible, and hope is unavailable.
He offers misery and destruction, but wraps them in grand and exciting circumstances. And when our lives crumble around us, he laughs at our guilt and despair.
He’s sneaky, charming, beautiful, and extremely successful.
The troops fighting for our country don’t awaken every morning, forgetting that they are at war. No, each breath they take is a reminder of their mission.
Soldiers of Christ, on the other hand, go about our daily lives overlooking the one who will stop at nothing to annihilate us, and the ones we love.
Christians, we are in enemy territory and we are at war. Our adversary knows that he’s going to be defeated but has vowed to take as many of us with him as he can.
Stand firm. Fortify your life with Scripture. Don’t give in to worldly temptations. Be united and be on the lookout for the rival who walks about like a roaring lion seeking who he may devour (I Peter 5:8).
Call on the name of Jesus and never give up. Victory is near.
by Paula Harrington