Spiritual Battles

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 6:12

If you have never read Captain Scotty Smileys’s book, “Hope Unseen” go get it and read an inspiring story of this man’s ordeal. Captain Smiley has served his country with great courage, but he also has had to face great adversity. A U.S. Army Ranger and a combat diver-qualified infantryman, Captain Smiley is also the Army's first active-duty blind officer and its first blind company commander. In April 2006, Captain Smiley lost both of his eyes when a suicide bomber blew himself up thirty meters away from his vehicle.

 

You would think he would have given up on life after losing sight in both eyes. Not this man, he has faced this adversity with great faith and courage, an example to anyone dealing with a disability. Since losing his eyesight, he has climbed Mount Rainier, completed a triathlon, skied, skydived, and earned an M.B.A. He was named Soldier of the Year in 2007 and wrote his story in a book called Hope Unseen. Captain Smiley is a fantastic model of bravery and courage on the battlefield.

 As Christians, we are also in a battle, but it's a battle of a different kind. It is not a physical battle, but a spiritual one and it is just as real. The Bible tells us that we are "fighting against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12). If God pulled back the curtain and allowed us to see into the spiritual world, it would blow our minds. When I say the spiritual world, I’m talking about the world of God and Satan, the world of angels and demons, the world of Heaven and Hell.

 And by the way, we are soldiers in this battle. We need to recognize that this battle is real and that we have some choices to make. Either we are going to win or lose in this battle. Either we are going to gain ground or lose ground. Either we are going to advance or retreat. Maybe you have been wounded by a friend’s words or action, the church failed you, your spouse left you, etc. Life is full of adversities and some may knock us down, but we must get back up and fight. In the beginning, it looked like Abraham Lincoln was a failure at everything. He lost his job, failed in business, his sweetheart died, had a nervous breakdown, defeated for state legislature, defeated for Speaker, defeated for nomination to Congress, Lost re-nomination, rejected for land officer, defeated for U.S Senate, Defeated for Nomination for Vice President, and defeated again for U.S. Senate. But he never gave up and in 1860 he was elected to the highest office in the land.

 What will you choose to do in this spiritual battle we are in? Will we choose to win or lose, gain ground or lose ground, advance or retreat? It's a decision and choice we all need to make. God Bless!