Is this a battle field or game field? Are these men playing games or fighting for their lives. Anyone can se that this is not just a game being played. These men are in a battle to the death for their lives and the lives of their fellow soldiers. Battlefields are places where life and death is seen. Real weapons and real death are all around. If you want to be uninvolved, you best not join the military. But, in some battles, we have no choice but to be involved. When the battle comes to your front door, you can only refuse to fight to your own peril.
In Ephesians 6:10-20 the Apostle Paul will remind us that we are in a battle. We live on a battlefield. The Christian life is not a play ground where we just sit around and are happy all day. We are constantly surrounded by an enemy that wants our demise. He, and his hosts, want our spiritual ruin. We have no choice of being in the battle. Our choices are wether we will fight with God’s strength and God’s armor.
No good soldier would enter a battle without a knowledge of their enemy. They will be briefed on the strategy and fire power of the opponent. The leaders of the soldiers will do their best to give them the best armament possible. Helmets, bullet proof vests, and good weapons are part of a soldiers preparation. Once trained and outfitted, the soldiers are sent into battle.
How prepared are you? How vigilant are you each day to be sure the enemy doesn’t defeat you? Sunday we will begin a look at the battle, our enemy, his tactics, and our defense against him. If you are unsure of what you need to be doing, come to hear God’s Word and its instruction for this fierce battle.
This week the USA celebrated the 238th anniversary of our independence from Great Britain. We know the long battle and many deaths it took to gain our freedom. Over these years many others have fought and some have died to keep us free. What an appropriate weekend to begin this study. The Bible gives us wisdom to fight.