Several years ago I wrote a 3 part series on The Spiritual Battle and I believe that it is real and active today. The enemy will attack me in many ways: Me Personally – My Family – My City – My country.
Pastor Shaun’s sermon this week was about two of the believers that were walking down the road after Jesus had been crucified and there was an empty tomb. I have to believe that they were feeling The Spiritual Battle all around them and where asking themselves “What do I do?” My study Bible has a great explanation about these two disciples as they were walking and then Jesus joined them.
“The two disciples returning to Emmaus at first missed the significance of history’s greatest event because they were too focused on their disappointments and problems. In fact, they didn’t recognize Jesus when he was walking beside them. To compound the problem, they were walking in the wrong direction – away from the fellowship of believers in Jerusalem. We are likely to miss Jesus and withdraw from the strength found in other believers when we become preoccupied with our dashed hopes and frustrated plans. Only when we are looking for Jesus in our midst will we experience the power and help he can bring.
I would have to say that I am like these two disciples at times when I feel The Spiritual Battle is all around me and like them I become confused. “What do I do?” When I am in the Midst of The Battle there are several things that I can do.
- Recognize that Jesus is walking beside me at all times and that he will give me the power to overcome the enemy.
- After I have done this – I need to start walking in the right direction :).
- Prayer is a must.
- This is one of my special prayer items. I like to pray for the Angels to come down and protect me and my family. One of Frank Peretti’s books talks about the Angels are just waiting for me to call upon them – so I do.
- Then I must go into Battle with other Christians beside me. I like the visual from the book “The Barbarian Way” by Erwin McManus when he describes a group of Christians going forward like a Crash of Rhinos. The enemy that is out in front us must beware what is coming.
I believe that The Spiritual Battle is going on strong today…. So my questions to you is:
What do you do in the midst of your Spiritual Battle?
Do you recognize Jesus is there to HELP?
Remember the Battle is REAL!