“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
At some point in life we have to make a decision to seek God for ourselves. We see and hear so much in church, social media, and in our daily lives. “Believers” are flocking to the “get your blessing” message and inspirational speakers, instead of ministers who actually follow and live out the Word of God.
We don’t want convicting sermons. We want to shout every Sunday, leave, and return to drinking, fornicating, and whatever else the world has deemed as “normal” ways of living. I’ve decided to seek Christ for myself. This means, we may have to leave some “friends” behind. This will be a hard journey. But I think that’s what my parents meant when they said we are on a battlefield.
My church home would sing a hymn that said:
I am on the battlefield for my Lord. I am on the battlefield for my Lord, and I promised Him that I would serve Him ’til I die; I am on the battlefield for my Lord.
I was alone and idle, I was a sinner too. I heard a voice from heaven say there is work to do. I took the Master’s hand, and I joined the Christian band; I am on the battlefield for my Lord.
I left my friends and kindred, I’m bound for the Promised Land, the grace of God’s upon me, the Bible’s in my hands. In distant lands I trod, crying sinner come to God; I am on the battlefield for my Lord.
Now when I met my Savior, I met Him with a smile, He healed my wounded spirit, and owned me as His child. Around the throne of grace, He appoints my soul a place; I am on the battlefield for my Lord.
When I sang this song as a child and a young adult I never imagined the war that was really being described. The war we face as Christians is not just a physical war. It’s a spiritual war! We battle our flesh, demons, and enemies disguised as friends.
Every single day we must fight to overcome our flesh! In the song, the writer talks about leaving their friends and family. Because of the battle we are facing, we may lose our relationships with our loved ones. They won’t understand your walk. They may say “you’re taking this Jesus thing too far” or “it isn’t that serious”. But it is that serious! If we want to enter the Kingdom of God we must lay down our all for Him. Because of our choice to pursue Christ, we may lose those we love.
This journey and battle will be hard. But God’s grace will cover us. He charges us to be a witness and bring more souls to Him. He doesn’t want anyone to perish. This is why our witness is so important and why we must stay on the battlefield daily. The scriptures tells us we must be either a friend of God or a friend of the world. BUT we can’t be both!
We must choose. So, will you choose to stay on the battlefield? Or will you play on the playground? Every day is a war. Will you use the Word of God as your armor to win? Or will you play until recess is over?