Let’s try something visual today.
What does it mean to do battle for God? Which of the following pictures best depicts how you would envision it? There are a lot of different, even conflicting, ideas that a question like that conjures up. Paul gives his thoughts on the question from Ephesians 6 at the end.
Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his power. Put on God’s complete armor. . . . the warfare we are engaged in, you see, isn’t against flesh and blood. It’s against the leaders, against the authorities, against the powers that rule the world in this dark age, against the wicked spiritual elements in heavenly places. For this reason, you must take up God’s complete armor. Then, when wickedness grabs its moment, you’ll be able to withstand, to do what needs to be done, and still be on your feet when it’s all over. So stand firm! . . . Pray on every occasion. . . . You’ll need to keep awake and alert for this. . . . Please pray that God will give me his words to speak when I open my mouth, so that I can make known, loud and clear, the secret truth of the gospel. . . . Pray that I may announce it boldly. (6:10-14a, 18-20)