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Sovereign airspace?

Invasion of a nation’s sovereign space, whether by sea, or by land, or by air, is usually considered a potential act of aggression, requiring response. Escalated responses, beyond emergency communications with the aggressor, might result in further, more aggressive, actions, ultimately leading to open confrontation. Continued, dangerous games of mutual “I dare you” don’t end well for either side. No surprise.

It is also no surprise when someone, having received new life in Christ as described in the Bible (e.g. Titus 3:5), finds an enemy invading their own “sovereign space.”

Nations avoid conflicts, but there is one that has no interest in a personal truce. No compromise with him will prove to be good policy. He is Satan, the deceiver, the ultimate enemy of our souls. We find Biblical guidance for responding to his aggression:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:10-17, NIV)

Use the full armor, and repel Satan’s aggression.


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