When we crossed over from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God through salvation, we signed up for a race and registered for warfare. We are in a race that is accompanied with warfare. Christianity is a race. That is why we are told to “run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
In this race, we have a common enemy – the devil. He is not impressed that we renounced him and embraced the King of kings. Therefore, he is always looking for ways to make us fall that is why we must vow to look for ways to remain standing. We must be determined to stay alive because we’re born again to overcome.
When the devil afflicts you and you remain in the same position, he is not bothered but it bothers him when you react.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. – Ephesians 6:12NIV
I noticed that this is continuous tense… “For we wrestle…” In other words, as long as we have the breath of life, we wrestle – everyday, we are in warfare! But here is the good news:
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. – 1 John 5:4ESV
Strategy is the strength of any military not just weapons. It is possible to have weapons and still flee from war.
The warriors of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned their backs and fled on the day of battle. Psalm 78:9NLT
Remember, the enemy too has weapons but our success is guaranteed based on the strategies we employ. Of course we are human, but we don’t fight like humans. (2 Corinthians 10:3GWT)
So what is our strategy? Although we wrestle, we are designed to overcome! In addition to weapons, we must develop a faith strategy because by it we have been justified; by it we have gained access into this grace in which we now stand! By it we run this race, fight this battle and overcome! That is our strategy.