“And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26 NLT
There is an invisible war going on. It’s a life and death struggle. But most are totally unaware.
Pretend I’m an Alabama football fan. It’s noon. It’s game day. It’s time for the kickoff. But as you grab your drink and snack to enjoy the kickoff, you see something strange on your 70-inch ultra-hi-definition television: the team is lazily walking out on the field in shorts and tennis shoes strolling toward mid-field carrying bags with their equipment. Their helmets and shoulder pads are still in the bags. They throw the bags down and start … what are they doing? Making sandwiches?
The opposing team is lined up to kick off, but your Bama heroes are passing the mustard and chips to each other. You can’t believe your eyes. Your mouth is open, and your heart skips a beat.
The whistle blows to signal the opposing kicker it’s time to start. You panic. The other team races down the field after the ball, running over your heroes, knocking them down, causing injury and insult.
Three Alabama players had the sense to be suited up and ready, but the rest of the team is oblivious to the opposition’s preparedness and strategies. Many are moaning and rolling around on the turf in pain, screaming for help and angry at their own coach. They shout obscenities at the very ones who were supposed to have them ready for this day. But the Bama coaches are also getting run over and hurt.
One Alabama player catches the ball, and two others try to block for him, but there are just too many. He gets hit hard, the ball pops out, and the opposition scoops it up and runs it in for a touchdown.
Bama players shake their heads and walk around in a daze. “We’re a good team,” they scream. “How could this happen to us? Why do bad things happen to good people?”
Did they suit up? Did they put on their helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, belt of truth, shield of faith, and take up the sword of truth? If you don’t suit up for the battle and get in position and know your weapons, you’re bound to lose—and get hurt in the process.
Christians are in the most important war of their lives. And, sadly, many aren’t even aware of the usefulness of the armor, much less donning it every day with purpose.
You are in this war. Have you suited up? Have you read Ephesians 6 lately? Can you quote any Scriptures to the enemy when temptation comes your way, like Jesus did when Satan tempted Him?
This war is all about where you and your loved ones will spend eternity. Prayer matters. The words you speak every day can make a difference in your own destiny as well as the destiny of those all around you. Make them count.
Lord, open my eyes to the unseen war going on all around me. Help me to know what to say and what to do to defeat the enemies who are after me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“What Are The Stakes?” by Steve Hemphill – Pages 5 – 7