“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12 KJV).
When it comes to spiritual warfare, most often I thought in terms of not being overtaken by the enemy. But after watching a school wrestling match recently, I realized that is only half the picture. Winning in wrestling means more than simply not being overtaken. The resisting is fierce, but to win, you must turn the tables and pin your opponent. You must become the aggressor, not just the resistor. One pair of wrestlers, in a seemingly one-sided match, grappled through each round with one contestant racking up points at every turn. It seemed obvious who the victor would be as the same boy clearly dominated the entire match. Suddenly, in the last seconds of the bout, the underdog gained leverage and in an instant the previously-dominating contestant was flipped over on his back and pinned. Amid the cheers you could hear the winner’s father yelling, “And that is why you never give up! That is why you never give up!”
Can you hear it? Can you hear the Father yelling, cheering us on not only to keep from being overcome, but to be overcomers ourselves—often in the last seconds of battle? Don’t give up. Keep resisting and look for that opportunity to turn the tables on the enemy.
Father, teach me to be an overcomer—an aggressor, not just a resistor as I wrestle in prayer against the enemy.
Praise God for the fullness of life he brings, from blessings of old age to a community filled with playing boys and girls (Zech. 8:4-5). Give thanks for your own physical and spiritual life. Confess any ways in which you regularly waste moments of your life. Commit yourself to diligent self-control. Ask the Holy Spirit to produce this part of his fruit (Gal. 5:23) in you.
Pray for someone you know who is going through especially difficult times without the comfort of God. Ask God to use you in drawing that person to himself.
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