Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
There are so many battles in the Lord of the Rings. You have to wonder at some point how they continue to press forward, even as their numbers dwindle and the bravest start to lose heart.
One of my most favorite scenes (from the movies) is when the beacons are lit indicating Gondor calls for aid. From the first fire that ignites from the hobbit’s clumsy hands, the panoramic view of flaming signals, from mountaintop to mountaintop, is breathtaking.
Rohan has already been in several battles and lost many men. What will their answer be? I believe it was a three-day horseback ride “as the crow flies,” and even when their answer is yes, they still have to travel there.
The enemy will already be waiting.
Have you ever been tired of the battle?From running? What about fighting?
I’ve never been a fight/boxing fan, except to watch Rocky IV. The way he trains builds not only his strength, but his endurance. He doesn’t have the fancy machinery and steroids like the Russian. He has a barn, snow and his trainer – in the middle of nowhere.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
The Bible says not to be surprised when you encounter various trials. Not one trial, but various ones.
So, we have an enemy that wants to go endless rounds with us from the time our minds begin to understand right and wrong until the day we die. We get tired! Beaten up…exhausted. Is it all really worth it? How about just staying off the devil’s radar and doing nothing for the Kingdom to avoid the chase?
That’s a stinking long time to be watching out for this roaring lion.
Sometimes, I think we get tired of what feels like a constant battle and that’s when we give up – and complacency, divorce, depression, family division, rebellious children and suicide take root.
Too often, no one wants to fight FOR their marriage, or each other, a friendship…they want to fight WITH each other.
Not only do we need to pick our battles, but we need to identify our enemy.
I love the movie War Room because that old woman, Miss Clara, knew in her younger years she had handled things the wrong way in her marriage. She made it her goal to pass down Godly wisdom to one young woman at a time. She saved a marriage by showing the wife how to pray, how to battle in prayer for her family, regardless of what anyone else in the family did.
No one can change anyone, except the Lord. He created us, His Spirit either dwells in us or is calling us to Him. None of us have that much power and influence over another person. That’s even beyond Dr. Phil. I’m just saying.
It takes humility to want to battle for someone that doesn’t care about you, or for someone who wouldn’t do the same for you.
But, then, maybe that’s why they need someone to battle in their place because the enemy likely has them wrapped in a cocoon of confusion where their reality is warped and they don’t see things as they really are. That’s where a lot of sin takes place…out of momentary delusion.
“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.” Ephesians 6:12
If you don’t believe in spiritual warfare, then research that in the Bible. One example I read this morning was when Jesus rebuked Peter by rebuking Satan as he spoke. Satan actually uses Peter’s words to try and sidetrack Jesus (as if).
“But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.'” Mark 8:33
How embarrassing. But, we’ve all been guilty of succumbing to our flesh that so often betrays us with what we speak, and what we do.
Like in a movie scene, we whip out the pocket knife, ready to cut someone, only it is almost always with our words – that’s worse than a real blade.
This a quick “warrior warning” post as I’m short on time, but something that pressed heavily upon me this morning. I’ve heard of way to many battles lately…just like in the town of Ashton in Frank Peretti’s book, This Present Darkness.
People, be ready. Pray for spirit eyes…brush off your Ephesians 6 armor and remember what Haymitch said to Katniss in Catching Fire, “Remember who the real enemy is.”
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