This cute little soldier who happens to be my grandson looks prepared for spiritual battle against the enemy. He is wearing the armor the Lord gives to each of His followers as listed in Ephesians 6. The armor consists of the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. In the next few verses the Lord exhorts us to pray, and then pray some more.
There is no spiritual warfare success without God’s Word and prayer. God’s Word gives us His wisdom and prayer gives us His heart. We need both to prevail, to succeed, to win. Preparing for what Chip Ingram refers to as The Invisible War, in his book by the same name, makes the point, “Christians who are not filling their minds with scripture are like warriors going out to battle without helmets.” We can’t do it in our own power. In The New Normal, Jill Briscoe says, “Prayer is a declaration of our dependence on God. It isn’t something mechanical you do, it is somewhere you go to meet someone you know.” It is a battle already won as we rely on Christ’s power working within us.
Why is this important to me as a writer? The enemy loves to discourage God’s people and keep them doubtful and afraid. When it came time for me to follow through with my book idea and actually write it, the lies of the enemy entered my thoughts. “Who do you think you are? You are not capable of writing a book. You didn’t major in English or Literature in college.” Through prayer and God’s Word, the narrative changed. Maybe I wasn’t ready to write a 350 page novel on my first try. So I looked up how many words are needed in a book manuscript to qualify as a novel. The minimum is 40,000 words. So, I set out to write 40,000 words because that seemed doable. Sky Blue came in at 42,000 words. The Lord gave me the victory and encouraged me to continue the story in another book with another 40,000 words. With the deadline of July 1st to turn in the third book for editing, the trilogy will soon be finished. Put together, they will end up being the length of a 350 page novel. God is so good!
Other questions plague new writers. “Will anyone want to read what I’ve written? Will any copies be sold?” Soon, I will learn the answers to those questions through experiences in my own life. One thing I know. We don’t have to wait for the enemy’s sure attack.We can choose ahead of time to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” (Ephesians 6:10)
Jerry Rankin and Ed Stetzer, in their book, Spiritual Warfare and Missions state, “The best defense is a good offense. We resist Satan when we are firm in our faith, believing God, claiming His Word, and trusting His power.”
To God be the Glory!