Day 12: Are you ready?

Look down, look down, avoid eye contact. Act busy, appear knowledgeable. For heaven’s sake, just look down!

Honestly, if people could hear my thoughts . . .

I was sitting in my core module last night and our lecturer gave us a quick task to complete while he finished sorting through some things.

We were to work with a partner to determine the various points of view with regards to writing and for someone who had been slightly distracted during instruction time, I had to ask those at my table for clarification points.

I teamed up with my friend who sat next to me and we began listing off some of the more well-known points of view and then began working on the less common.

We hadn’t finished when our lecturer told us all to stop and that he would be going around the room and calling on people to give an answer.

Of course, after all of the ones my partner and I discussed were given, I was the lucky girl who got called on to provide another.

And thus, my affective filter shot through the roof. [An affective filter is a term linguists use to describe the negative emotional and mental factors that might hinder someone from effectively grasping a concept.]

I was thrust into a negative emotional state, and my brain felt like a river of mud that I had to wade through to find anything even mildly comprehensible in.

Thankfully, I remembered one that hadn’t been mentioned. The lecturer approved, and we all moved on to the next unfortunate candidate.

How often are we told by pastors and mentors that we are in the midst of spiritual warfare? Every day, we are amidst an array of battles going on around and in us. We cannot avoid them no matter how diligently we might try to.

In Ephesians 6:12, we read that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (NASB).

Have we just grown numb to the truth of this verse that we no longer take an active stance for the Kingdom of God? Complacency is extremely dangerous, and being unprepared can be just as deadly.

If we are vigilant and have integrity in seeking God, spiritual warfare will not be something that catches us off-guard. We will have been expecting it and we would be prepared to rebuke it through the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17).

We are given all the tools we need to stand victorious against the schemes of the enemy, but my question is: are you ready? Will you be surprised when some fiery arrows are shot your way, or have you been proactive in studying Scriptures and praying?

Continuing on in Ephesians 6, verses 13-18, Paul writes

“Therefore, take up the full armor of god, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,”

Defeating a scheming devil requires some action on our part. God offers us what we need to conquer, but we must be willing to take the necessary steps to secure our victory.

Don’t become so distracted by things that when an attack is made on your life, you crumble in defeat. We are to stand firm, building our foundation on the immovable Cornerstone that is Jesus Christ. Know who He is, and know who you are in Him and the enemy will have no foothold to use.

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