Schoolyard fights in the old days weren’t what they are now. Nervous kids not wanting to look weak in front of their friends would circle, shoulder to shoulder, saying, “Hit me first”…. “No you hit me first!” Excited onlookers wanting to see somebody get clocked before the end of recess would eventually become provocateurs. Someone might yell out that one of the kids in the ring said something about the opponent’s mama, or worse. If there was such a thing. Then to really get things started a bold spectator would push one kid into the other. Suddenly, it was on. Barrettes would fly, Toughskins and Brittanias would rumple, and Jelly shoes would get scuffed. The battle to save face had begun.
Back then the fights didn’t really mean anything. Nothing lasting anyway. The prize would be to say you had been in a fight and had won… Or sadly, got beat down before a bunch of hungry-eyed children who would not soon forget. Scarcely can anyone remember fighting because one’s character was defamed, or nobility critically challenged. Have we changed much today?
While enlisting fisticuffs is in no way the tool for resolving conflict, the Lord calls on us to engage in spiritual battle. There is a reason Scripture calls us soldiers. The battle to maintain spiritual integrity and resist the forces of darkness is very real and the most imperative fight we take on. The Lord Jesus Christ defeated death, hell, Satan, and the grave on the Cross, and He gives us the same fortified power to overcome every evil force against us.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” -II Corinthians 10:4
Because of the victorious power of God, the Holy Spirit, we have nothing to fear in this life. By residing within us, Jesus gives us both power and authority to live strong in the face of all daunting opposition. Life threatening diseases, bankruptcy, death, divorce, temptation, assault, depression, whatever… All are subject to the omnipotence of Jesus Christ. As we yield our total lives to Him, He is the one who rescues us from every type of skirmish we may be ill-equipped or timorously unwilling to fight.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” -Ephesians 6:10-12