An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
(Ephesians 6:12)

In military usage, the front line (or the front) is “a line of battle” or “a zone of conflict between armies.” Specifically, it may be understood as “a military line formed by the most advanced tactical combat units . . . an area of potential or actual conflict or struggle” (Merriam-Wesbster’s). In the olden days, it was customary for armies to march out onto a specified and fairly well-defined battlefield to engage in combat. This type of engagement morphed into the trench warfare of World War I. This locked armies in combative stalemates in which many lives were lost but little progress was made. With the advent of the tank, armies were able to break out of the trenches and advance on each other. This technology may have broken ghastly stalemates, but it introduced a new problem: the movable front. Now armies are able to take their fighting anywhere, including villages and other civilian population centers. Until the Lord returns we will have this terrible problem; there will continue to be wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:6; Mark 13:7). In the meantime, Christians are called into engage in a certain, non-carnal kind of warfare also (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). We are soldiers after all (2 Timothy 2:3-4), called to wage good warfare (1 Timothy 1:18). We are called to don the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-17) and to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:23). So where exactly is the front in this war we are called to fight? The answer is, we will encounter many minor skirmishes as we traffic through this life. Our flesh itself, with its residual sin, can become an enemy also that needs to be overcome (Romans 7:18; 1 Corinthians 9:27). The real front line for us, however, is in the non-material, spiritual realm. It is in the realm of spirits, of thoughts, ideas, feelings, and intentions. Evil, unclean spirits directed by their master, Satan (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 9:1-11; 12:7, 9) are intent on deceiving and manipulating humanity (2 Corinthians 11:3, 13-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11; Revelation 12:9; 13:14). These creatures understand time management too; they know to control those who hold sway over many, such as government leaders and policy makers, even religious leaders and celebrities. All those with access to the cultural megaphones of our day are the enemy’s special targets. We have been called to resist this tide of deception, and our own minds are ground zero; they are the real front lines in this battle. By surrendering every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5), we begin to break out of the trenches and advance on our enemies. With our beliefs matching reality and our desires and intentions in line with the will of God, let us take the fight to the enemy, reminding him of who we are and Who it is we serve (Ephesians 3:10). Hallelujah!

God bless,

pastor john