This Memorial Day I read a pretty cool post on Instagram that said something about how all freedom comes with a price. American soldiers died for our right to freedom and Christ died for our freedom from sin. It got me thinking, and I'd like to take it a step further. Freedom isn't guaranteed. Just like, as a country, we can't sit back and quit training military personnel in the hope that no country would ever want to invade; as Christians, we can't just sit back and pretend that Satan doesn't want our heads. We can't allow those sacrifices to be in vain. We must FIGHT! The battle is real, Satan's advances are life threatening.
Our fight is supernatural, it is a war for souls. Our mission is to wade through hardship, sorrow, temptation, shame, and keep our heads above the water enough to witness to the world around us. The battle is not against the humans surrounding us, but against the sin controlling their lives (Ephesians 6:12). We MUST stay alert and watch for the enemy's influence in our lives. If we become sluggish and lazy in our Christianity, his traps will so easily ensnare us. Jesus will always be there to help us (Psalm 91:1-6), but we need to do our part in the battle (Ephesians 6:13). We need to prove our worth, earn merit. When there is hardship infiltrating your life, stand firm in your faith and fight to reach the souls around you (1 John 5:4-5). There is no greater witness than a Christian submitting to God and giving Him their all during a struggle.
With God on our side, nothing and no one can stand against us (James 4:7).