Everyone is fighting a battle. Most of us will admit that, at least at times, life itself is a battle.
It is the inescapable nature of life. I think that’s because we’ve been put on earth to learn. When do you learn when unchallenged?
Most of my battles are within myself, with myself. Most of my battles are a result of my choices.
My brain sometimes points outside of myself searching for my opponent, but the closer I look, the clearer I see that it is me. And because it is me, I have power. If I feel like I have no power, I am blaming the wrong person.
Blame is self-imposed powerlessness. Blame is an excuse for hiding, for dodging battle, for letting our armor rust, for letting down. Blame is an excuse for watching television.
I think the reason we are commanded to put on “the whole armour of God” is because we have battles to fight and win.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:11–18.)
Today, I am putting on the armor of God again. I am fighting with all my might to overcome the “wiles of the devil.” I am reading sacred works and praying with all my heart and controlling my thoughts. I am avoiding blame like disease. I am looking for every possible way the devil could penetrate my armor. I am standing on the wall of the fortress, watching vigilantly.
This is what I was put here to do.
If you are doing battle with someone other than yourself, is it not because you allowing them power and prerogatives that belong solely (souly) to you? No matter what they have done or said or the inappropriate place they have in your life, is it not because you allow it? And if you are letting a past choice by someone else—even if they have harmed you physically or permanently—effect your life today, are you not granting them that power?
Chase them off your field of battle. They don’t belong there. What they do and say and think won’t count against you unless you submit your will to them.
You are wasting vital power fighting the wrong enemy.