When someone becomes a Christian, it’s as if he were once in the devil’s army, but he’s now defected and joined the “enemy”. Not only have we received entrance into God’s kingdom, but we’ve also enlisted for His army. And the Christian knows that he is fighting battles every day until his tour of duty is up.
We see a great example of how to do battle in the book of 1 Chronicles. Speaking of the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, we read, “They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. And when they prevailed over them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and He granted their urgent plea because they trusted in Him” (1 Chronicles 5:19-20).
Now, this is talking about physical, historical warfare, but the same principle applies in spiritual warfare. If we’re to have any hope in winning the battles we’re in, we must cry out to God and trust in Him.
John Piper illustrates this well. He says that in today’s Christianity, we treat prayer like it’s a domestic intercom, when really, it should be more like a wartime walkie talkie. We’re surrounded by the enemy, and we need to call in artillery fire and air support, lest we get routed. Christian, fight the good fight of faith, but don’t forget you’re not strong enough to win on your own.
- Psalm 4
- Genesis 5
- 1 Chronicles 5
- Luke 2:22-52