My social media feed has been full of videos of young girls tumbling and cheering in competitions to win the trophy and honor of being the Champions in their category and conference. I have cheered, celebrated, and encouraged them as their parents have posted the videos and pictures.
In other posts I have mentioned that my dad was a football and wresting coach, so growing up on the sidelines of a team giving their all on a field or mat is soaked into my DNA. It is a genetic strand that has followed me into parenthood and cheering on my own sons as they battled to leave it all on the cross country course or soccer field.
The one field I had forgotten until recently, was the spiritual battlefield. My personal struggles with medication, my marital relationship, and the day-to-day activities have taken over the quest I had been on.
I forgot that the spiritual battle is the one battle that matters more than any other one I might face. If I lose this battle, then the rest of them are like dust particles in the wind, inconsequential and worthless.
I started reading Tony Evans’ book, Warfare this week and I found myself rising off the floor, wiping the sleep from my eyes, and reaching for my armor again. Best Beloved, I have not even finished the first chapter.
Any good book is going to be marked and notes are going to be written on the margins, but with this book I am taking notes separately in a notebook. Just so the words can resonate through my pen to the page. For example, from page 19: One f Satan’s strategies, though, is to get us to forget that we are fighting a spiritual battle and instead to focus on the physical , tangible challenges we face.
That is exactly what has been happening in my life. Restoring our house, preparing our sons for a life outside our home, mental issues for my hubby and for me, long overdue for attention. Our jobs, lost, found, lost, and found. My eyes and mind have been so diligently watching and thinking about what was in front of them, I had forgotten what I could not see.
Pastor Evans continues, Although we live in a physical world, we live in a war zone. Recognizing this reality is the first step toward victory (also p. 19).
Now, I am not writing a book report for class, but as my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, I do want to encourage you, as these pages have encouraged me. Let us pull each other up off the ground, from the couches, from the floors. Let’s put on our armor again, let us take up the Word of God- the very Sword of Truth, and remember who we are and Whose we are again.
It is time to live in the Victory that is found in the Cross and the empty tomb.