"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal..." 2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV
What does this mean? It means that there's a war going on. Yes, there is definitely fighting going on all around the globe. But there is a more serious war going on that we cannot see. It is being waged even now, on all fronts. This unseen war is causing every conflict that the eye CAN see.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenl realms." Ephesians 6:12 NIV
Again, the focus here is the unseen, spritual realm. Huh? What are you trying to push on people? Nothing but the truth.
If you were to take a poll across the board, you would probably find that most people believe in God. What is a little disturbing is that while these people acknowledge that there is an Intelligent Creator that made them and the world that they live in, they dismiss the idea that there also is a devil.
I've got news for you, he's real! And he wants you dead! Sobering thought.
For those who don't know the whole story, I'll condense it as much as I can here. Satan, better known as the devil, was once Lucifer. He was an arkangel in the presence of the Almighty Himself. He chose to rebel against God and His angels, and because of this he was cast down and out of the presence of God. (Isaiah 14:12-15) Lucifer became Satan and he led outcast angel followers, now demons, against everything that is of God.
That's where we, as mankind, come in. God loves each and every one of us. He wants nothing but the best for us. That's why the devil hates us so much. For every ounce of love God has for us, Satan has just that much hate for us. We are his most prized target. By hurting us, Satan hurts God.
That's the war we're all in. Choose to accept it or not, it still goes on. If you refuse to believe and go on living the life you're currently living, eventually the sights of the enemy will be trained on you. He'll pull the spiritual trigger and eventually his barrage of evil will find its mark.
The good news is that you can find shelter. There is a suit of armor waiting for you. It has your name on it. All you have to do is open the door, reach out and receive it.
Jesus Christ is the answer to your problems. HE was nailed to the cross for us. HE provides the answer.
If you seem to be in a world of despair and can't find your way out, know that you are not alone. Your help is only one step away. That step can be an easy one. Just accept that you are loved by God and simply humble yourself before him and pray this prayer:
"Dear Lord, I come before you broken and without hope. I need your help. I accept the sacrifice that You sent through Your Son Jesus. I accept Him as My Lord and Savior. Save me from the fires of hell. I want to live for You. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."
Know that you are now part of the Holy Family of God. You are redeemed. Things will get better, and Jesus will never leave your side. (Hebrews 13:5 KJV)
The next time someone yells "incoming!" and you feel those spiritual bombs coming close, turn to Ephesians chapter 6. Put on the whole armor of God and stand against the weapons of the enemy.