It’s tempting to provide a discourse on spiritual warfare. But that would require books, not a blog post! Instead, I’m going to put one current battle into perspective. If we learn something in the process, all the better!
Spiritual Warfare: Always With Us
We have a mission team headed to Belize in just a few days. It’s easy to acknowledge the enemy would rather no one be engaged in missions. But he is subtle in his ways. It’s necessary for him to be that way. Just think what you would do if you were intent on harming someone. Would you put your plans on Facebook? Of course not. You would act in covert ways.
One further illustration is any pack of predators you might watch on a NatGeo nature show. Do the predators go after whole herds? No. They try to separate one from the herd and attack that single animal. Our enemy is no different. He sneaks and attacks individuals he thinks he can overcome. Do we help him?
I ask that question because we often (too often!) don’t see his work in our difficulties. How do I know? Paul points that out in Ephesians 6:
We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
What Paul is pointing out is we often think our difficulties are tied to the people or things we can see. That’s not true. Our enemy is not the person or circumstances we can see. Our real enemy remains unseen behind those things. Why would he want to advertise his involvment? He’d much rather you go blindly through life as if he didn’t exist. He does exist and your demise is his agenda. But we have read the back of the Book!!! But until his demise, we engage in spiritual warfare.
The point of this post is to ask, urge, beg you for your prayers. One of our team members does not have his passport. The passport office has confirmed issue of the passport. The post office has confirmed some suspicious activity in the delivery process. It may have been the work of identity thieves. Whether it was or wasn’t, if the passport can’t be located quickly, then a day-long trip has to be taken in order to do what the passport office calls a walk-through. That’s another day off work, associated expenses, etc.
What is the answer? Pray for the process. Pray for our team and this team member. We will be helping with three church projects in Belize as well as teaching pastors. These are the tools God often uses to make missions a life-changing experience. And who wouldn’t want positive life change in Christians mission volunteers? I think you have the idea. Please pray!
Soli Deo Gloria!