The last time I talked to a friend, her one sentence made an impression on my mind: “It is a different world now.” she said with a sigh.
Sadly, it truly is.
It doesn’t matter what we think about how we got here and how much we miss the good old days. We can only live in the “now,” not the past, not the future.
It’s so easy to feel beat down and let the worry and anxiety of this world take over. But friends, remember, we’re called to be warriors.
Not a literal warrior, of course, but a spiritual warrior.
This calling couldn’t be more clearly said than in Ephesians chapter 6:
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:14-17
All Christians are called to be spiritual warriors.
We are encouraged to be bold, brave, stand for truth and righteousness, be ready to use our faith as shields to protect us from the flaming arrows of the evil one. And pick up the sword of the Spirit to fight back.
Even though the final battle has already been won, each one of us still has to face our own battle every day.
We don’t have to like it, but we could learn to appreciate it. Because trials produce endurance and enable us to reach reach spiritual maturity.
So be ready each morning, friends. The battle horn is calling, and our hope is right in front of us.