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What to Do When You’re Tired (and the Battle Rages)

spiritual battle

Yesterday, while I was reading what the Apostle Paul wrote regarding making sure we are fully armored-up for the spiritual battle, it dawned on me that my armor is old, rusty and dented. Yes, old armor is better than no armor, but mine is ugly. Really ugly.

The Spiritual Battle

For a long time, I’ve been in a spiritual battle.

Battling evil in this world and beyond.

Battling the nasty ways of others.

And battling my flesh (which is not nearly as satisfying as battling yours).

At times, I’ve grown weary in well-doing. It’s not as easy to swing the sword as it once was. Frankly, I’m a mess. A bloody mess.

If you’re reading this and thinking, What’s wrong with him? then you’re probably a bit too young to understand. Give it a few decades, and you’ll figure it out.

If you’re reading this and wondering, He probably has sin in his life! then you’re right, I do. But we all do. Wrestling with sin will always be a present reality on this side of eternity.

One of my favorite authors and bloggers, Scott Saul, recently wrote, “Ironically, the more like Jesus we actually become, the more unlike Jesus we realize that we are.”


When I was young, I thought way too highly of myself. Now, I realize how kind and merciful God is to this recovering idiot. Every stinkin’ day.

In his blog, Scott also pointed out that “even the greatest heroes of faith were also flawed and broken—wrecked, weary, restless and sometimes tortured sinners—even at their spiritual peak.”

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Kurt Bubna is the founding and senior pastor of Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley, WA. Bubna published his first book, Epic Grace ~ Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot, with Tyndale Momentum in 2013. He is an author of five other books, an active blogger, itinerate speaker, and a regular radio personality. He and his wife, Laura, have been married for over forty years and have four grown children and eight grandchildren.