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I would think that all of us have been in a fight at some point in our lives. The chances are that we have had to face a bully at least once in our lives, or maybe you were the bully (shame on you). Most normal people don’t like the idea of fighting. We would rather just live a peaceful life and go on our merry way. The sad truth is that we live in a world that at its core is not peaceful and it wants to drag us all into this storm of anger and violence.

This is very much true when it comes to the spiritual side of life as well. As a follower of Jesus, we just want to live our lives and go on, but we have an enemy that will not and does not let us get by with that.

In my devotions, I was in a popular text that speaks to this fight that we are in. In Ephesians chapter six the Apostle Paul warns and encourages us to put on God’s armor so that we can face the enemy of this world. We are told that we need this armor so that we can stand against the schemes of the devil.

Now, when we had to face the bullies of our childhood, we would have to stand up against them on our own usually. If you were like me, I would have to dig down deep and fight through the fear of getting beat up and stand against the bully. I wish that one of my friends would have come alongside me to help give me strength to stand and fight, but I would look around and be all alone. I remember all the pep talks that my dad gave me about never starting a fight, but I better finish it.

When we look at the spiritual warfare that is all around us, we could fall into the trap of the same kind of thinking we have when facing the human bully. That we are in the fight alone, that there won’t be anyone to help. If we believe this or think this, we have not properly read Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” This shouts that we are not alone and we don’t have to face this bully on our own spiritual strength. We are called to face this bully with the strength of an Almighty God. That’s a whole different thing now.

What would we be capable of if we knew that God was giving us the strength to accomplish much for the cause of Christ? How would we face the trials and pains of this world knowing that God just isn’t in our corner, but He is the one throwing the punches on our behalf? I’m thinking I might get a little cocky about it. I think there would be no place for fear. I also think that our enemy would know that he can only go so far before he feels the right cross of God’s punch. I’m talking about a K.O., 10 counts and he is out!

My friends, I leave you with this encouragement, if God is for us, who then can be against us? Don’t look for the fight, but by the power of an Almighty God, let us finish it.