Prepare For Battle

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  Ephesians 6:11


Are you a soldier for the cross?  Maybe you are in basic training…learning the skills necessary for battle?  A kind of spiritual boot camp so to speak.  If so, you better get ready because you will be deployed and you will see action!

After I was saved by the blood of Jesus I felt like nothing could stop me.  I could have charged Hell with a water pistol and still have come out unscathed.  I had a clear and definite understanding that the battle I was about to face had already been won.  As the song says, the battle is His…the victory is mine.  I just didn’t have a full grasp on what awaited me.

No one told me that I was going to be tempted and tried…at least not to the extent that it happened.  I believe this is an area that, as a Christian, we need to be more open and forthcoming about the war getting ready to explode inside of us.

 It is true, the battle is won and the victory is ours.  However, the enemy is smart and cunning and will stop at nothing to win you back.
 for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

I guess it stands to reason…He was an Angel to begin with so why wouldn’t he be able to transform?  Scary thought, huh?!

I felt tormented.  After the ‘high’ of being saved and getting baptized there came a moment of spiritual silence.  I liken it to Jesus being tempted in the desert.   We must all face that temptation.  You will have everything you ever desired laid out in front of you.  Prepare yourself.

Have a strong Christian support system.  Someone you can call on when it feels too heavy to bear.  And never, ever forget that Jesus will never put more on us than we can stand.  There will always be a way out.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 1 Corinthians 10:13

Thanks Kim for the water pistol comment!  You are awesome!