Don’t Do Something Stupid!

Imagine if, in World War 2, a young man took off on his own and headed for the battle. He is untrained and ill equipped. He has no plan and no backup. He knows nothing much about the enemy. He finds himself in the middle of nowhere and he is very vulnerable. Who would do something that stupid, you might ask. It happens far too often in our spiritual war. We receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior by faith (the Truths of God’s Word) and then we go off on our own with little further knowledge of Scripture. We think that we are strong and no enemy is going to defeat us. The enemy comes at us and we fall victims to the attacks. The fact is that we need “the whole nine yards.” We need training, equipment, a plan, fellow soldiers, backup, a home base of support and direction and a commanding officer. In the field, we need contact with Headquarters. In our spiritual battle, even if we have all of the above, we do not have the needed strength for the fight. We need God’s strength! We need His might! We are admonished in Ephesians 6:10 to: “….be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” How do we tap into His strength and power? The lines of communication must be open! The strength and power flow through the lines. How do we connect with the lines? Ephesians 6:18 tells us how: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Keep in mind that sin in our lives blocks the flow of communication. To restore communication, see I John 1:9). In the third stanza of George Duffield’s hymn, “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus,” he reminds us: “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone; the arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own: put on the gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer; where duty calls, or danger, be never wanting there.” Selah! You have your armor on, you are trained and equipped, you have your weapon and know how to use it; are you connected to His power?  Ron

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