“This honor have all the saints.” Ps 149:9
In my country it is considered an honor to fight for the nation’s freedom. Veterans are respected(for the most part.) Men and women wear their military garb with pride. Those who have given their lives for our freedom are given a national holiday.
Spiritual warfare has some distinctions. Some of the fiercest battles will be against my own flesh. What I want, what I think, and my own ways, against what the Spirit of God desires, what He knows for certain, and His perfect way.
Today the bible tells me that it is an honor for me to engage in this battle. It doesn’t feel like one. I suppose, in the heat of war the soldier would agree. He may consider it his hardest day.
So, how is it an honor to fight against me? As I reflect on this question a few things come to mind: What seeks to wound and eliminate me from the battlefield will be destroyed. What is good(Christ in me. Col 1:27) will be protected. My state becomes more powerful. Greater freedom is established. And the King attains more glory.
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing. Ps 141:3-4
O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God — through Jesus Christ our Lord! Rom 7:24