Ignore at Your Own (Spiritual) Peril!

Imagine a soldier leaving the fort to do battle but leaving his equipment and weapons behind. He is approached by the enemy and informs his enemy that he is not afraid of him. The next thing he knows, he is severely wounded and the enemy walks away unscathed. Our reaction to such a foolish behavior on the part of the soldier might be to consider him crazy to go out unprepared. We might think it was totally stupid to do such a dumb thing. Why is it that far too many Christians do the same thing, spiritually? They don’t put on their protective gear, their feet are exposed to the dirt and they leave their weapon home or they simply don’t know how to use it. They are handing Satan a victory on a silver platter. Contrast that with a well prepared soldier who carries out a successful mission and returns to headquarters, having taken over some of the enemy’s ground. Do we think of Ephesians 6:10-18 as a good illustration, affirm its truths and then completely disregard the orders of our Commander-in-Chief? He “ordered” us in Ephesians 6:13 to be ready to fight: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” The devil and his cohorts will fall before a well trained, equipped and prepared Christian. God uses and empowers this kind of Christian! Mrs. C. H. Morris  in her hymn, “The Fight Is On,” speaks of a battle ready soldier: “The fight is on! Arouse, ye soldiers brave and true! Jehovah leads, and vict’ry will assure. Go, buckle on the armor God has given you, and in His strength unto the end endure. The fight is on, O Christian soldier! And face to face in stern array, with armor gleaming and colors streaming, the right and wrong engage today! The fight is on, but be not weary. Be strong and in His might hold fast. If God be for us, His banner o’er us, we’ll sing the victor’s song at last.” Selah! This is not a game! This is a battle! It’s not a time to underestimate the enemy. God, give us prepared warriors who are ready to rout the enemy and send them fleeing in retreat. Are you and I one of these warriors?   Ron

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