“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 New American Standard Bible
The speech contest began, and I was the first contestant. I’d been a member of Toastmasters since 2007, and I’ve delivered many club speeches; however, this contest was different. I recalled my first and only competition. I had delivered a winning speech, but I was disqualified for exceeding the time limit– by a few seconds. Fear gripped me.