THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A minister who was very fond of pure, hot horseradish always kept a bottle of it on his dining room table.
He offered some to a guest, who took a big spoonful.
When the guest finally was able to speak, he gasped,
"I've heard many ministers preach hellfire, but you are the first one I've met who passed out a sample of it!"
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The need for Christian warriors in the battle against evil has never diminished, but has increased!
Two things should be obvious to all Christians about this war against evil:
First, there is indeed a spiritual war in this world today;
Second, Christians are called into that war!
Born into this war, Christians are both offered training for the battle and protected in action.
Praise God for His presence and protection!
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
And be constantly active in your TRAINING!
The way to “be strong” and “in the power of HIS might” is to TRAIN!
Daily “Put on the WHOLE armor of God!”
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6:12 above)
Both the battle is spiritual and our Lord’s weaponry is spiritual!
The weaponry includes a “helmet of salvation” – genuine realization of salvation.
It also includes a knowledge of “truth” – the Scriptures of God, which provides the shoes which carry “the Gospel of peace,” and provides the “shield of faith,” and “the sword of the Spirit” (the Word of God).
The weaponry includes the “breastplate of righteousness” – only received by active participation.
It also includes the presence of God’s Holy Spirit – increased by an active prayer life.
However, each Christian must remain “prepared!”
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Eph. 6:18)
Are you preparing?
Daily preparation is required for active and useful participation!
To fail to plan is to plan to fail!