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. – Ephesians 6:12
Today’s post serves to remind us that the hurdles before us, the hoops we are expected to jump through on a daily basis, have nothing to do with anything but the power of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Doesn’t that make you feel better?
What is a struggle? An opposition. Does evil oppose good? Well, yes – the last time I checked, it did. A struggle is a contest. I’ve read the back of the Bible and guess what? It’s a contest that’s already won. A struggle is a fight to be sure. Who fights on your side? Christ Jesus does! Be on the right side. Does a struggle produce conflict? Yes, it usually does. But stay the course and let prayer be your constant companion in the midst of the conflict.
A struggle is an endeavor to do right in a world that wants nothing to do with right. To struggle is to exert resources every day along with prayer without ceasing to our God who never fails.
We encounter in our struggles – sometimes God puts others with similar beliefs and mindsets in our path. We see that as a real blessing! Sometimes He puts people who are quite dissimilar in beliefs and mindsets in our path. We see that as a challenge and we pray even harder for the right words and actions so our witness is not blemished.
Have you ever had a skirmish in your struggle? I have – and that’s when the prayers reach a point where you’re constantly asking for direction on a moment by moment basis. When there’s a skirmish in your struggle, it’s easy to say or do the exact wrong thing! Does that ruin your witness? Yes, sadly – it does.
When we clash during a struggle, we have to stay in a constant attitude of prayer so we don’t crash and burn! We don’t have the answers, but we know the One who does! We don’t know what the future holds, but God does. We’re at a disadvantage during a struggle because we don’t see the way out – but guess what? God does.
Struggling against forces we can’t even see takes the power of God’s Holy Spirit. When we try to struggle without Him, it can take a significant toll on us physically and sometimes emotionally. A Christian in the midst of a struggle who has stopped praying is defeated. I’ve met them and so have you. I don’t want to be one and neither do you.
Our struggles are not fun – but they do make us stronger in our faith when we come out the other side! Remember that there’s not actual hand-to-hand combat; that’s what God’s Holy Spirit does for us. The battle is His when it’s all said and done. Trust Him and be still. Pray and read God’s Word. Find His peace as you pray for His way out.
When we struggle, it could be as small as a clash of opinions on facebook, or as big as a major medical issue. Whatever we face, we know we don’t face it alone. We know that God is there. We just have to keep praying and studying His Holy Word, the Bible. Evil will not win. Let’s encourage one another with these words as we struggle along together in this life. 🙂