Ready for Battle

It is becoming more and more apparent that Christians are in a fierce battle against the tide of moral decay.  And although it may feel like we are fighting against other people, the Bible makes it clear that our fight is not against flesh & blood.  We are fighting against mighty powers in this dark world. (Ephesians 6:12) As God’s children, we have a shared enemy. That enemy is Satan! As the countdown to his ultimate demise speeds up, he is pulling out all the stops in his war against the people of God. He knows how the story will end and it’s not good for him. And even though he can never override God’s saving power through Jesus Christ, he can still try to cause as much pain as possible.

Thankfully, God has not left us unprepared to do battle. Ephesians 6:12-20 tells us exactly how to suit up each day in order to fight the enemy no matter what (or who) he is using against us.

  • The Belt of Truth – A belt plays an important role in the wardrobe of a soldier.  Without it, all of the other battle gear could fall right off. In the same way, grounding ourselves in the truth of who God is and what he has done will ensure that we head out in battle knowing that our battle gear is staying in place.
  • The Breastplate of Righteousness – The breastplate is pretty crucial, too. It offers protection for our heart. The Bible says that we should guard our heart above all else, because it determines the course of our life. (Proverbs 4:23) Our righteousness comes from Jesus and if we live in step with him we will be better able to protect our heart.
  • Feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. – We know where our hope comes from. Jesus Christ died for our sins and we will spend eternity in heaven with him. This is the good news that we have to share with the world.  And we must be ready at all times to share with anyone who asks where our hope comes from . (1 Peter 3:15)
  • The Shield of Faith to distinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. – Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  (Hebrews 11:1) We can be sure that God will accomplish all of his purposes for our life and for the whole world.  Faith in an almighty and loving God will help us to remember that no matter what Satan may throw at us, we will have the victory in Christ!
  • Helmet of Salvation – Like the breastplate protects our heart, the helmet protects our mind. Our Salvation through Jesus has reserved for us a place in heaven where the treasures that await us can never be destroyed. (Matthew 6:20) If we fix our minds on things above we can keep the the things that happen to us and around us here on earth in the proper heavenly perspective.
  • Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God – When Jesus was in the desert being tempted by Satan, the only sword he took up against him was the Word of God.  Satan is the father of lies and his main objective is to distort the truth and send us in the wrong direction. If we know the Bible, we can come back at every lie he tries to sell us with the truth of he Word of God.
  • And last but definitely not least, we must be alert and we must pray! – Pray on all occasions. Pray with every kind of request. Pray for each other. The devil hates it when we pray because he knows that in prayer we are formulating a battle plan that he can never defeat!

As the ultimate showdown between God and the devil quickly approaches, you better make sure you are on the right side!  The only way to join God’s army is to admit that you are a sinner and to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  Don’t wait until it is too late!

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Will you be ready?

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” – Matthew 24:42

Jesus is coming back.  And even though it may seem like it’s taking a long time, God has his own time table.  The fact that he’s left us on earth to see another day just means there’s still work left to be done.  There’s still someone that needs to hear the gospel and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. – 2 Peter 3:9-10

Jesus himself told of his return.  He gave a terrifying prediction of how oblivious so many people will be when he suddenly returns like a thief in the night.

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be at the mill; one will be taken and the other left.

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” – Matthew 24:37-44

You might believe this is true, but don’t give it much thought as you go through your day-to-day life. You might think it’s going to happen “someday” – but not in your life time.  Or you might not even believe that it’s going to happen at all. I suppose if you’re right then you have nothing to worry about.  But what if you’re wrong?!?

Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Today is the day of Salvation! (2 Corinthians 6:2) God loves you so much that he sent his Son to die in your place.  To pay the price for your sins. You must accept the fact that you cannot save yourself.  Turn away from the way you have been doing things and make Jesus the Lord of your life.  Don’t try to fix your life first, because you will not be able to.  When you give your life to Jesus, he gives you the Holy Spirit and God begins his work in you which he has promised to complete. (Philippians 1:6) A saved life is a changed life!

Do it now! Tell God that you know you are a sinner and that you know that you cannot save yourself.  Ask him to forgive you and to be your Lord and Savior.  Then you can know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13) If you are reading this, God is giving you the opportunity to repent.  Don’t blow it off and allow your heart to be hardened. Don’t wait until it’s too late and you suddenly realize how wrong you were. Do it now!

Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:10-11