Right now, in the thick of battle with bullets flying and my brothers bleeding, I felt it pertinent to muse a little about SPIRITUAL WARFARE. As our ministry has grown both in Iron River and out and about on the road, I have been reminded all too much the warlike and military language we should use for this endeavor. For it is a good fight in which we are deployed, a spiritual war against spiritual enemies, organized and heavily equipped, for the souls of men and women, boys and girls.
This is as real as it gets.
All those who deny the severity of this war are likely not to serve their duty without becoming a casualty. This causes pangs I do not wish to discuss at this time, but regardless, we must pick up our guns, polish our swords, suit up, saddle up, gear up, don the armor…however you want to put it…AND FIGHT!!
I don’t know about you, but presently, I have seen too much collateral damage in the Body. Too much infighting. Too much fear of the battlefront. Too many saints in the war-room and not nearly enough in the war. Remember dear warriors, we are soldiers of great fortune, with rewards unthinkable. And even if we seem like disorganized rabble in the face of this world, I would rather die with a small resistance fighting movement than surrender my life, my church, and my family without a weapon in hand.
Our hands would gain back their strength better, if they gripped our swords.–LOTR
You stop treating yourself like a fighter if you never pick up your weapon. Far too many a Christian make their civilian clothes their only garments and the ache to enter into armored combat is all but sorely forgotten. Like old, moldy soldiers who fought in wars gone by and then returned home, we speak of the thrilling days of what used to be. Those epic days gone by where we knew our Lord and pursued Him with gusto and poise never once approaching any human interaction without prayer and the sword of the Word at our side and in our hearts.
Where, my friends, are the days of iron sharpening iron as shields of armor-clad foot soldiers clang and bang together, marching mightily out to the grounds of battle? Where are the shouts of “Onward Christian Soldier!?” Where are young men and women carved out for battle and trained as lively, new swordsmen and shield maidens?
Let it be here Lord. Let it be now!
For the Lord is a WARRIOR, the Lord is mighty in battle! (Psalms 24:8). Warrior=strong and mighty.
And the weapons of our warfare are FAR from carnal, but they are mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds! (2 Cory 10:4)
In the face of the enemy, the world, and the fallen beloved…LET’S RIDE OUT TO BATTLE!