I think that the greatest struggle a warrior (of the spiritual realm) will face is to fight the good fight in silence. Yes, I said silence.
When it comes to spiritual warfare I am one of those knights standing on the front-lines itching to spill some “blood”, to attack my enemies and seek vengeance, but am held back by my commanding officer. I’m sure this is a struggle many in the Kingdom of God face.
As a pastor’s kids, my siblings and I (and other PK’s alike) have to struggle with things that regular church members don’t. We are on the front-lines of the army, our parents/pastors leading the charge. For me it is a constant struggle to see my parents under such spiritual attack and remain silent about it. I long to retaliate, but know I can’t because to retaliate is to give the enemy a reason to attack.
PK’s look on as their parents deal with rebellious church members, they struggle when their parents struggle, and they get angry (sometimes angrier) when their parents are attacked.
Their is nothing worse than being suited up for battle, yet being forced to hold back. We itch to draw our swords and shed some “blood”, but we know we cannot.
We feel we cannot stand by while our parents and churches gets lambasted by the rebellious. We get defensive of our families and long to do something – anything – that could make the Enemy squirm. But we remain silent because it’s what the Bible says and our parents/pastors want.
Consequently, we are in danger of being affected by attitudes of anger. We grow mad, stern, stiff, when we allow our discontent to “do nothing” get the better of us.
Fighting in silence is something every member of the spiritual kingdom must learn. Fighting in silence does not always mean doing nothing, it just means fighting without giving the Enemy the ammunition they need.
I’m sure you’ve seen the quote “Fight all your battles on your knees”. Well, that’s how anyone who desires to be a member of the God’s Kingdom, His Army must fight.
The Word is our Sword and our prayers are arrows. We may fight in silence, but we still fight.