The Believer's Warfare, Part 2
Preparation is a necessity to grow in God. A major challenge for the believer is that we aren’t prepared for the rigors of the faith. Take boxing as an example, there isn’t a boxer who doesn’t train and prepare for a fight. Our training as believers is seen in discipleship, but a lot of us skip out on training, and our sparring partner comes with fellowship with other believers. Another part of preparation is knowing the strategies of your adversary. We think our battle is with other people and forget that our battle is with the rulers and powers of the unseen realm. (Part 3 of 3)
In the second letter to Timothy, Paul has some very direct instructions that he writes to Timothy, pastor to the church of Ephesus but first and foremost, his spiritual son. He wanted to make sure that Timothy was able to endure, withstand, and be steadfast despite life's opposition. Even though Paul writes to encourage his son as he pastors, this epistle provides encouragement to all believers to continue in the ministry of the church which is to encourage and continue to build up the Saints. Paul, while sharing these relevant things with Timothy, had to also remind him of the position and authority that he, Paul, stood in, as an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.