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Huh....as simple as being prepared

If you have had the impression that the battle you see raging around you is bigger than anyone really knows, you are probably closer to the truth than you might think! The battle we 'see' with the naked eye is one thing. The one being fought in the minds and hearts of men is another. The one being fought in the heavenlies is yet another! The battle rages - the surface has likely only been scratched, and there you stand in the midst of it trying to make sense out of what you can see and feel. What we can see and feel are only part of the issues at hand - there is a much deeper 'point' of warfare that we just won't be able to see or feel, but it exists and is at work all around us right now.

Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places. That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing. Ephesians 6:12-13 ERV

We need to be prepared for what it is we cannot see or feel. These are the things we likely cannot fully understand with our finite minds, but it doesn't make them any less real. I don't have to understand how the worst virus replicates in a human body to know it is dangerous! I just need to see it at work one time and I am convinced it is a nasty bugger to deal with and I don't want it in me! I need to know how to keep it out of me and to not be affected by the presence of such an evil little bugger! The same principle holds true in terms of our spiritual warfare - we don't need to see evil at work to know it still exists! We just need to fight the good fight with all the weaponry we are afforded.

As a nurse, I will tell you the most important thing we can all do to stop the spread of disease is quite simple - wash your hands! Yup, you got it right - something as simple as washing one's hands can reduce the biological 'load' of microorganisms one can potentially 'spread' to others. Mom always used to say cover your mouth with your hand - now we tell you to sneeze or cough into your shirt sleeve. Why? Germs have a harder time 'living' on that surface and are less likely to be spread by casual contact. Again...not rocket science, but practical advice to help reduce the spread of disease.

The warfare we fight is not likely 'rocket science' either. In fact, if we are trusting in God's grace, holding fast to his truths, and doing what he asks us to do, we are likely going to do well in the fight. Why? We have the resources at our disposal - even when we lack the full knowledge of how they work! When we are told to put on our armor, it isn't a suggestion. We will never be fully able to withstand temptation without it. We shouldn't bemoan our failures when we haven't prepared to win the battle in the first place! Just sayin!

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