Life is a fight. A Christian is a soldier. He is in a conflict. Like it or not, believe it or not, he is in a war. There is combat going on around him and in him. To pretend it does not exist, means you lose.
Steven Ambrose’s non fiction history book “Band Of Brothers” tells the story of a group of paratroopers who land inside the enemy lines just prior to D-Day of WWII. These men were trained together and stay together all the way through the winning of the war. One man, Lieutenant Richard Winters, gives a powerful picture of a true leader who understands his calling—not unlike how a Christian should view his or her calling in this world. Winters charges into battle with his troops, then proudly salutes an officer he’s just promoted, and says, "I don’t like to retreat."
One scene in the movie series that was made from the book shows Winters leading his troops into their most celebrated feat of the war, holding the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge. A soldier leaving the front line pulls Winters aside and says ominously, "Looks like you guys are going to be surrounded." Without hesitation Winters replies, "We're paratroopers, Lieutenant. We're supposed to be surrounded."
What a picture of a Christian in the world! We live surrounded by a world at war with the God we serve. You would have to be blind not to see there is a spiritual war going on against families. The lives of men, women, teenagers, and children are being destroyed. Drugs, abuse, divorce, bitterness, infidelity, hatred; they all are instruments in the hands of our enemy to destroy lives.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. - Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
Acting as though there is no enemy and no war produces devastated families. They could be the collateral damage of this unseen war. Since the war is real, what have you learned from the Bible about how not to lose?