Wounded in Battle
Many think spiritual warfare is just saying some prayers they have learned.
I think military veterans will understand this better than other people.
Classic warfare is fought by soldiers, who risk physical harm and even their lives to defend their position.
They may be on the attack, or on the defense.
They may return from battle with limbs missing, or damaged internal organs.
They have to be willing to pay a price.
But it does not end there.
They may have to return to the battle and fight again, and again, knowing that each time, they face tremendous loss and danger.
Yet they re-enter the fight, because others depend on them.
They know what to do, what to look for, and mistakes to avoid.
It takes intelligence, planning, resilience, and determination to win, and stay alive.
No matter how much they already know, or how good they are, they still have to keep training, and stay in good physical condition for the next battle.
They always need courage, and the willingness to lose everything for their cause
Prayer is a good start in spiritual warfare.
But it is not the only thing required.
Most prayer is weak, and not fervent, and I encourage people to really put their heart into it.
God knows our hearts, and Satan can read our behavior.
We cannot stop at just prayer to change circumstances.
WE have to be willing to fight, and take action in the physical world to bring about a change.
We have to stand up for what is right.
We have to be willing to risk everything, and suffer losses of many kinds.
WE may lose our family’s love.
We may lose our job.
We may lose our health.
We may lose all our savings.
We may lose property.
We may lose our home or car.
We may lose our reputation, and be the object of slander.
We may lose our friends.
We may be gossiped about and shunned by others.
We may also feel abandoned by God, when left all alone in our struggle.
Those that are not willing to risk it all are not willing to win.
We have to have courage, and be willing to be outnumbered, attacked and hurt.
Those we are defending may be useless, or weak and abandon us.
We have to endure when there is no one to support us, or others give up, and make us to all the work.
We have to keep our minds focused on the battle, and have a strategy to win.
We need to keep our faith, and depend on the Lord, even when he does not seem to be there.
We have to look at our losses as battle wounds, and keep going, or we will fail spiritually.
Some people in spiritual warfare do lose their lives.
They are martyrs for their faith.
They seem to have lost, but somehow, because of them, some others have been saved.
They gave all they had.
Any warfare is dangerous and will hurt you.
Efforts must not be confined to prayer only.
Action is required.
You must go the extra mile and do what is necessary to confront the enemy.
God bless you, and I hope you have the victory you need.
Remember, to win, expect to get wounded, because the enemy fights back.
And remember, you may lose, or get wounded, that others will win.