“Don’t Fight Evil Alone”
a devotional by Marissa Mathews

Have you ever seen a movie or read a book where a massive army—we’re talking thousands upon thousands of soldiers massed as far as the eye can see—comes to the battlefield, and the other side has a single, impressive warrior?

Maybe he’s famous for his battle exploits, like one of David’s Mighty Men, able to face off 300 grunts on his own.
Maybe he’s the only poor sap the king could convince to put on armor.
Maybe he thinks he’s invincible.
Whatever the case, he’s done for, right? No one person can stop an army alone.

So why do we try to face evil alone?

For me, I tend not to trust people to have my back. There’ve been a few times when I needed someone to fall back on, but I ended up falling down instead. For others, maybe you think you can pull yourself up by your bootstraps, tell yourself, “Get up, wimp, you gotta take ‘em on!” and fight sin through sheer willpower.

Maybe you just don’t know any other Christians who could or would help you. Whatever the reason, we’ve all got this idea that we’re alone in our own battle against stuff, sin, and Satan.

But that is absolutely not the kind of God we serve.

Jesus came, friends, to give us that fighting chance.

First order of business, he gave us the Holy Spirit, which means he gave us the power to conquer sin. Also, he made us a family, which means not only CAN we lean on each other for support, we HAVE to stick together.

Let’s run to the armory and get you prepped for battle, okay?
It’s found in Ephesians chapter 6, verses 14 through 18:

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist” – this truth is that God is in control, and He’s got your back, and even your best interests in mind, though sometimes it feels like He’s ignoring your pain. Trust me, He’ll work through it way better than you could think. It only hurts for a while.

“With the breastplate of righteousness in place” – where does our righteousness come from? Can we behave well enough to be called sons and daughters of God? By no means! Our righteousness is born of our trusting that Jesus’ perfection is big enough to extend to us. God has adopted us because Jesus replaced our sins with HIS righteousness.

“And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” – where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is peace. Even in the midst of chaos, it’s peaceful to know that death is NOT defeat.

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Where does righteousness come from? Faith. What is faith? It’s the part of you that says, “All right, Jesus, I trust you to save me.” What does that do? It deflects those thoughts that say things like, “I’m a worthless loser! God could never love me! How can God be loving if I’m suffering this much? What do I need a savior for if I’m already pretty good?”

“Take the helmet of salvation” – protect your head with the knowledge that you ARE saved, and that CANNOT change, and death IS NOT a permanent end.

“And the Sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.” Nothing kills lies like the ultimate truth. Know what God says, and you’ll know when it’s HIM speaking. Go in peace, fellow soldiers!

-Marissa Mathews

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