Ephesians 6:12. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness; against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
I find myself unable to watch the news more than five minutes. I find myself fast forwarding that part of a movie where someone is hurting someone else, even when I know the outcome will be good. And mostly, I find myself rooting for the hero even when she must destroy the “ bad” man or woman, and being upset when she doesn’t because I know there’s no changing that person. In my thinking, giving them a chance will make ways for them to hurt someone else. I think I need a people break, a sin break; or maybe therapy!
Genesis 6 describes the world as being so wicked that they only thought and did evil continuously! I didn’t think that was even possible. Now I look at leadership, government, (Karen’s,) haters, men still disrespecting, and abusing women, mothers not loving their children and I wonder, “do they ever only think and do evil? I know Jesus is coming soon because the Bible says “as it was in the days of Noah”! I should be happy. He’s coming soon, and I am very happy. But I have to get through this, the messy, the contradictions of people’s words over their actions and vice versa! We gotta get through! We have to focus on the fact that there’s work to do in us, and for others. So here we go!
Before warriors go out to battle they suit up. But long before they suit up, they prepare, they train rigorously non stop. There’s not a day they’re not preparing their bodies or minds for battle, studying its purpose and planning strategies. “When personnel are not actually engaged in combat, training dominates military activity in all four services. On a daily basis, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are trained from the first day they enter the armed forces until the last day of their service”.
Today I’m asking God to take this Ephesians 6 and teach me, teach you or remind you how to get ready to suit up. I’m asking God to make clear to us that we’re in a war, a literal war. So what about those no Monday Blues? Well don’t be silly, we’re not going to be alone in the fight! It may cause some tears to fall, some difficult days, but we will get through! You will get through! One prayer at a time, one moment at a time, one purposeful movement forward, one way to help someone, to forgive and release hate, one hour to read the instructions He left. Here we go!
Step one: Develop strong, healthy relationships and when possible, fix the broken. Children, obey parents; parents, teach them how and teach in love. Teach them not with intention to control or brutalize but to help them navigate life! Love your children. Children love your parents, until the day you die, with love actions. Employees, do your work and do it well; be honest and diligent, maintaining integrity. Employers, be fair, be just, be honest. Do not be condescending! Treat each one fairly and with dignity. Why would this chapter start out with relationships if they didn’t matter? They’re important. We will never be in battle alone and we have to trust God and each other. There may be times of physical separation but we are not, you are not alone. Get that out your head. You are not alone!
How we treat people will determine our ability and readiness for the battle.
Are you ready? Get Ready. Suit up! Happy Monday