“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6.12 NLT).
When I first met my lead trainer, he asked me if had ever been in a fight. My answer was no. Then, he asked me why I wanted to train to be an MMA fighter. Besides following God’s leading, I told him that “there is a warrior inside of me.” With this single answer, I set myself up to be tested in every aspect of my life. God was going to reveal whether or not I was truly a warrior for Him. The point was not training to be a MMA fighter; the point was finding the true warrior within me. God can use any battle we face to reveal our warrior spirits. We don’t have to step inside an actual MMA cage to be warriors. There is an Enemy who is fighting us in the battlegrounds of our marriages, families, churches, schools, workplaces and minds. And His sole desire is to submit us into apathy, tap us out from our destiny and win by decision because we didn’t obey the Holy Spirit. I’m in the cage of life, and my opponent is Satan. He wants to steal my victory, but I won’t let him. God has ordained Satan’s eventual defeat before time began, and I need to remember that Jesus has already won the victory. I’m on the winning side, and I want to embrace the warrior God created me to be. I will not back down. I will not give up. I will not tap out. Once my fight is over, I will stand before God’s throne, and my life will ring the triumphant bell of Jesus.
God, open my eyes so I can see my Enemy and the eternal battle raging around me. I don’t want to allow my ignorance and indifference to cause me to tap out from the victory You have already declared for me. I don’t want to follow the world into a conquered life that completely misses out on the glory of God. My battle is beyond the scope of this short, physical existence. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.