So many times I find myself in the middle of a battle before I even realize I’m in one and boy, does that put me at a disadvantage! I need to go into training. Let’s just say a soldier wouldn’t go off to war without first preparing him or herself for battle, right? I’m no expert of war by any means but doesn’t it make sense that the commanders of the army would try to defeat the enemy on a smaller scale first before declaring war.
My eleven year old son, Tom absolutely loves anything to do with WW II. I once asked him why does he like it so much and his answer was,
“He had to learn as many war strategies as possible.”
I said, why?
His answer was, “So I can fight the enemy, of course!”
Soldiers aren’t just put on the frontline to fight for their country they go to boot camp first to learn to submit to authority and then obey that authority at all costs. Men of war have to learn the basics of survival before they enter the battle. If they don’t have the basics down how can they be expected to execute the strategies their commanders have devised to conquer the enemy.
Spiritual warfare is kind of like that as well, isn’t it? As Christians, we need to know the basics of the Word of God before we can fight the battle never mind win the war. Learning His ways and submitting to His will is a must in order to conquer and defeat the enemy. The truths of God are our spiritual ammunition against the enemy. We know the enemy has been defeated and that VICTORY is ours but that doesn’t necessarily make the battle any less demanding or taxing, now does it?
The other day I received some wise advice from a good friend and I will paraphrase what he said,
“Deb, you need to strengthen your spiritual walls and gates so that the enemy will not be able to penetrate them! Ask God, for His strategies and what the enemy’s weaknesses are!”
I am taking his advice and praying for God’s wisdom, knowledge, and strength to be obedient to His strategies for the spiritual battles that are in my midst now, as well as, those to come. Listen to me, Christian, the times we are presently living in calls for all Christians to do the same. Another way of putting it is, Christian now is the time to get your house in order and be prepared for the battles preceding the war.
God’s word says He will never leave us nor forsake us;
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
and I believe this wholeheartedly but I’m not so foolish to think I don’t need to be in training for the battle.
There is another aspect I have not discussed and this is something you will need to meditate on; are you willing to pay the cost of being a soldier of God? Only you and God know what that cost is and He knows your heart better than you do!
So tell me, Christian how do you prepare for battle?