Battleground

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:10-13

There was once a boxer who was being pummeled in the ring by his opponent. Blow after blow by his adversary left him with a bloody nose, swollen eyes, and an enormous amount of pain.

The battered boxer’s trainer, trying to encourage his man between rounds, kept telling him, “You’re doing great, Fred. That bum is barely touching you.”

To which the boxer responded, “Then you better keep your eye on that referee, because somebody is killing me!”

No amount of smooth talk could camouflage the reality of the bloody battle in which this fighter was engaged.

In the same way, you and I are engaged in a real battle. It’s important for us to understand that there is a reality called "spiritual warfare," and we are fighting a fight every day. When God saved you, He did not put you on a playground; He put you on a battleground. 

There's a real fight. There's a real war. There's a real enemy.  And by the way, your enemy is not your husband or wife. It's not your parents, and it's not your kids. They are not the enemy.

But don’t be discouraged, Satan, our enemy, has already been defeated.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!