I sat down to read the other day and came across a passage I have read many times before. And what I loved so much is how God is always ready to teach and show us new things even through passages we already know.
“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”- Ephesians 6:11-12
To be honest, a lot of days are hard. A lot of days I see or hear things that break my heart. Things that make me want to just shake our kids until they wake up and see the light. Things that make me want to sit down and explain to them that life doesn’t have to be like this, and THIS time they would listen and believe me. A lot of days I feel like I am fighting a battle against the kids. Like it is me versus them.
As I sat there reading I began to get angry. Not at the kids. Not at the people who continue to sell rugby to the kids. Not at the way the parents deal with situations. My anger had shifted and I was angry at Satan for trying to destroy the lives of our kids.
I began to let it sink in that I am not fighting a battle against the kids. Or the parents. Or the community. The truth is I am fighting against evil. I am fighting against Satan. The battle is not against the flesh. The battle is not with the kids at all. It is against the darkness that is in this world and in their lives.
And the best news of all is that the battle will be won. Because Christ is victorious!
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”- 1 Corinthians 15:57
Whatever battles you are fighting today God is victorious in them too!