“Enemy-occupied territory – that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.” – C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity
As mere mortals, we don’t see it. We don’t hear it or taste it. But often times, I believe we feel it. This other world – a spirit world that plays out all around us – another world occupying our atmosphere; or rather should I say, influencing it.
We of course have free will – God didn’t create puppets. Therefore, we are no doubt influenced by the good and evil spirits that intoxicate the air we breathe. Like a potent elixir we are either healed or destroyed by that which we allow into our spirit.
In the end, love wins; good prevails and wins this war – this we know. But how many battles are we going to let evil win between now and then?
Evil wins when we are critical, judgmental, hurtful, cruel, angry, resentful, unforgiving, unkind, selfish, and on and on and on. Evil wins when we allow that which is not love to take control of our mind, our words, and our actions. Battling evil is no cake walk; we constantly battle forces determined to separate us from God – determined to spew hate, violence, insecurity, and all that is the antithesis of love.
But God – the Spirit of God that lives within us gives us power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Power, love, and self-discipline that more than equips us to control our mind, our words, and our actions. Power, love, and self-discipline that can create near supernatural ability to overcome, to fight, that which is trying to destroy us each and every day.
We have been created to infiltrate this world with the love of God. We have been created, an army, to fight against all that is evil in this world. Assume your position. Put on the Armor of God. It will protect you, it will equip you, it will empower you, it will save you.
But most importantly, it will save others. You, your words, your actions are more powerful than you will ever know. People watch, they listen, they emulate, they follow. To which side will you lead them? To which side will you declare their fate?
The weapons we fight with…They have divine power to demolish strongholds….We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)