In the world but not of it

February 4, 2010

Face Forward…

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Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17

“God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever lead us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me to my duty, to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence, which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.”

General George S. Patton

I am quite certain that when Patton spoke these words that he never had retreat in mind. I can’t imagine this general leading an army into battle and giving them orders to turn and run when the going got tough.

In every battle throughout the ages that we know about we instinctively know that the armies at war charge each other knowing the risk of death. Thus in this famous passage about the armor of God we notice one very important element…all the pieces of the armor are frontal.

Nowhere do we see pieces of the armor designed for our back. Perhaps you’ve noticed this before but have not given it much thought. By definition battle implies charging and facing forward. It implies a fight and waging warfare.

We read the passages of scripture that tell us we are in a spiritual battle but do we live like it? Do we run when the enemy charges? Do we cower at the thought of the next trial in our lives or just getting through the one we’re in now?

There is a wealth of teaching in this passage that some have spent volumes expounding on over the years but let us leave it today to two specific points.

First, it is too late to learn how to use your weapons once you are on the battlefield. The time of preparation is now.

Second, He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world…go in His strength.

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