Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Avoid Friendly Fire - Fight The Right Enemy With The Right Weapon

Late last year US forces near the Afghan-Pakistan border came under from a ridge line above them. Flares were dropped from an F-15 and an AC-130 gunship that should have made Pakistani Military aware these were Americans. Yet, they continued to fire. Before US forces could defend themselves, they were assured that there were no Pakistani Military personnel in the area. Apparently both thought they were fighting the enemy, when, in reality, they were fighting an ally. The result was 24 Pakistanis dead, damaged relations with an ally in the war against Al Queda.

Now hear this. "Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens." (Eph.6:12)  That means that no matter what you hear from your husband, your wife, your children, your boss, your friend, or anyone else in the world, they are not the source of the battle . . . they are not really your enemy.

So, listen to this, "This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything to take your stand." (Eph.6:13)  You must be spiritually prepared to fight a different battle with a different enemy. That means you must be "strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil." (Eph.6:10-11). I know it sounds sort of hocus-pocus, super-spiritual, or mystical. Yet, God is the only one who has a clear line of sight of the whole battlefield, and this is what He says.

You fight this battle primarily with the Word and with Prayer by taking up "the sword of the Spirit, which is God's word. Pray(ing) at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request," (Eph. 6:17-18)  Remember, this is important, "For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way, since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds." (2 Cor. 10:3-4)  The only way to win is to fight the real enemy in the real battle with the right weapons.

Who are you fighting today?  How are you trying to win?

Avoid friendly fire. Fight the right enemy with the right weapons.