Google+ 01/27/14 Let's Prepare for Battle!

Ephesians 6:12-14

 

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies,

But against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,

Against mighty powers in this dark world,

And against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor

So you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil.

Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.

 

In part one of our six-part devotion series entitled, "God vs. Satan...The Real Super Bowl!" Paul tells us who we are fighting and how to defend ourselves.  The largest media event of the year occurs this weekend.  It seems like everything stops and all of the media is dominated by Super Bowl reports, interviews, and projections.   Don't get me wrong, I am a football fan.  I enjoy watching the skill of many of the players at a very high level.  I just don't understand why such emphasis is put on this game, in light of all the other things that we should be focusing on.  The amount of money and resources that will be spent on this one game is staggering.  When the game is over, has anything really meaningful changed?  The battle that we are involved in with God, each day, has much more significant  consequences.  Paul identifies that we are fighting rulers of darkness that most often we can't even see.  Using football terms, all of the hits to our helmets are coming from the "blind side."  Often fighting what we can see, right in front of us, is doable.  We can analyze the enemy and plan strategy to offset the persistent frontal attacks, usually with at least some success.  It is not possible to anticipate the "blind side" hits that we receive.  All we can do is what football teams do.  They put on the right kind of equipment to soften the blows when they come.  Paul tells us to put on our armor, as the attacks are imminent.  Yet, many of us go into battle every day, not equipped to win, or even survive.  Having coached football, I must tell you that the biggest part of the game is not the three hours it takes to play it.  On any level of football competition, there are hours of preparation, planning, and prevention.  Many of us show up for "God's Super Bowl" for an hour on Sunday, having never opened our Bibles all week in preparation for the game.  Is it any wonder that it feels like we are losing the "Holy War" every day?  As we prepare to play our "Super Bowl" each Sunday, let's do what Denver and Seattle are doing.  Let's make every moment count this week.  Let's get out our "playbook" and review each and every possible situation.    "Let's Prepare for Battle!"