In the heat of battle we sometimes are unable to see clearly through the "smoke" of noise, confusion, anger, frustration, rage, hurt, pain, disappointment and fatigue. It is hard to get a clear focus on the area most in need of support, of regrouping and of reinforcement. I was reminded yesterday to move slower and watch more intently for the tricks, snares and pitfalls of the enemy.
I had realized in a new way my brokenness and my need for a new plan, this time with God as leader, as commander, as Lord. Shortly after a time in the Word and in conversation with Him, my phone rang and I became engaged in a heated conversation with my wife. Accusations from both sides were hurled, hearts were wounded and a chasm between us became deep and formidable.
I was blindsided by the enemy, by my flesh, by my pride. I was not watchful because I had neglected the plan Paul revealed to us in God's Word.
Eph 6:10-18, "Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.
Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God's word. With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints." ~ HCSB
Stay in the spirit - be vigilant - prepare for battle by arming yourself with the proper heart and weapons - engage the enemy, not your own troops (family) - let God lead