By Pastor Jason Johnson
We have all asked the question, why is this happening to me? We may have lost a loved one or our even job, or someone may be treating you unkind. The list could go on and on. We often think that we are going through these trials because of something we have done wrong. But there is another perspective that I would like to share with you.
We are all, whether we like it or not, in a war. A spiritual war. Not with people, but Ephesians 6:12 tells us that,
“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.”
The devil will do anything in his power to lead you and me away from Christ, and the closer we come to Christ the more persistent Satan becomes. I found this perspective in the book Thought from the Mount of Blessings, Pg. 29, 30 it says,
“As men seek to come into harmony with God, they will find that the offense of the cross has not ceased. Principalities and powers and wicked spirits in high places are arrayed against all who yield obedience to the law of heaven. Therefore, so far from causing grief, persecution should bring joy to the Disciples of Christ, for it is an evidence that they are following in the steps of their Master.”
As we grow in Christ we will come into trails for Christ, but that isn’t a bad thing. It is evidence that we are on the right track. In Ephesians 6 Paul gives us some guidance as to how we can stand through these trials that come our way. He encourages us to …put on the whole Armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesian 6:11). So let’s hold on to truth, put on the breastplate of Righteousness, shod our feet with the gospel of peace; and let’s not forget the shield of faith, and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. So as we face the trials that this life will bring, let us Armor Up with Christ.