As followers of Jesus Christ, we are engaged in a daily battle. Our battle is not political, social, or economic. Neither is our battle against flesh and blood. Our battle is a spiritual battle against the thief who has come to steal our joy, kill our faith, and destroy our families. We only have to look around us to see the reality of this spiritual battle. All around us individuals and families have been destroyed by our enemy’s work. All around us are people whose faith has stalled and is no longer growing. All around us are believers whose lives are devoid of the joy that characterizes the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives. All of these tragedies and countless more are the direct result of the battle in which we find ourselves. We can no longer ignore or avoid this truth. It is time to face our spiritual battles, but we cannot do so if we are unprepared.

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