“The sons of Ephraim were archers equipped with bows, yet they turned back in the day of battle. They did not keep the covenant of God and refused to walk in His law; they forgot His deeds and His miracles that He had shown them.” Psalm 78:9-11
I so often excuse myself as ill-equipped or unprepared. But the truth of the matter is that I am equipped yet failing to enter the battle; failing to remember Who already won the battle. If Peter is right, that “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and excellence,” then we have no excuse. If I feel ill-equipped and unprepared it’s because I’m a spiritual amnesiac – just like the sons of Ephraim who forgot the deeds and miracles of God. When we exchange worldly, fallen, and perverted knowledge for the true knowledge of Christ, we become like those who turned their backs in battle. We walk in sin and disobedience rather than in victory and in the Spirit.
Lord, help me to remember!
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12