Spiritual Warfare?

Spiritual warfare is the term most Christians use to describe our struggle with Satan and the demons. Warfare alerts us to the strength of the Enemy, the intensity of his attacks, and his determination to destroy us. In our culture, battles are the heart of good stories. In fact, the happily-ever-after part seems a bit boring! The Bible also uses metaphors from hunting and farming, but it is the military one that captures our attention. In the first five chapters of Ephesians, Paul writes about love—God’s love for us, for Him, and for each other. Then in the sixth chapter, he gives a peroratio, an emotional appeal used by military generals to rouse the troops. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his might power. Put on the full armor of God…” (Ephesians 6:10–11). Be strong! Put on! Stand! A powerful enemy intends to destroy Christian unity.

In our culture, battles are the heart of good stories, but peace with God is the heart of the gospel story—and it is a good story! In significant ways, agricultural metaphors better describe the Christian life. Christians till, toil, plant, pull weeds, wait, and harvest. We turn from evil and serve God.  We love God, serve the Church, help the poor and oppressed. We worship Jesus and study Scripture with other believers. We humble ourselves under his mighty hand.

Who do you serve? In one voice we say, “We serve Jesus Christ!”

 

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