HAVE WE LOST THE WILL TO FIGHT?
Psalm 144:1—Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.
We desire victory, but for what? Just to be “better” or “more victorious?” We want strength and the ability to fight, but never take to the field of battle. We are more like gun collectors than marksmen. We are merely shiny blade admirers, more than cunning swordsman. What good is a weapon unused? Harbored strength is not strength at all.
“The weapons of our warfare…”—2 Corinthians 10:4
What are they, these weapons? Do we even know? They certainly are NOT carnal or manmade or any device we wield on our own. Have we labored or lingered with God long enough to look down on the battleground below, the conflict that wages day and night for the souls of men and women on this earth? At some point, in the Christian walk, we SHOULD graduate from the simple milk of personal understanding in the rudiments of faith and start to see the world, the war that wages, and the dire needs of our fellow man…the way God does.
And when we do, we want to do something about it! Crucial burden starts to sink into our hearts, slow but purposed. Great need. Broken behavior. Shipwrecked faith of many a believer. Milquetoast living. Compromise. Biblical illiteracy. No prayer. Apathy. Oh Lord, we see it…but what do WE do about it!?
Enter in said “Non-Carnal Weapons of Our Warfare”
We read our Bibles.
We praise, we worship.
We fellowship. We bind together. Unity.
We operate in our gifts.
We humble ourselves.
As you can see, most of these are the antithesis of what we would muster in our own strength or choose to use against a formidable foe. But, speaking very biblically, these spiritual endeavors render results unlike anything in the physical world. Away with cannons, cutlasses, grenades, bombs, high-powered rifles, and the olde battle axe…the weapons of this warfare are about as paradoxical as you can get. Pray takes time in silence, seemingly motionless. Fasting weakens the body, yet turns the spirit into the Hulk. Biblical study turns a foolish grunt into a cunning captain. Spiritual gifts enable a feeble body to accomplish super-human feats. Obedience and humility result in an iron-clad ensign, fortified against innumerable horrid hosts. Fellowship and discipleship forge a band of battle-ready brothers and repentance strikes a death blow to the devil. Our carnal minds will disagree and our flesh will fight the idea that these are effective, but when put into use, the outcome is hard to argue with.
Throw all these at Satan and your flesh and see Who is Victorious.
This IS a fight, so we MUST fight. Our country, upside down and backwards, is screaming for medics and men, fighting men. In an age of the perpetual child, stalwart men must rise to the ensuing onslaught…or perish in cowered obscurity. In the words of Aragorn, “Open war is upon you, whether you would risk it or not.” We Christians, particularly in America, are overrun and bankrupt. We have rusty weapons, dilapidated from misuse…from no-use. It is time, again, to remember these spiritual bows and arrows, these rifles, this artillery, these defenses and fortifications. Remember that there is a war, and it is right outside your door.
Are you out of practice? Haven’t fired your weapon in years? Return to Him Who trains for war, and repent of your desertion . Get refitted. Get outfitted. Get fit…period—back in shape spiritually—AND GET BACK IN THE FIGHT!
Come on gents, we look pathetic! We’ve got work to do. And not much time to do it. The hour is late in these battles. Let us form our ranks. Let us march out to war. For King and Country. For the souls of men.