We must battle against Satan and this world. But we do not battle as the world battles.The world battles with automatic weaponry to destroy lives, with rocket launchers capable of destroying buildings and all within, with bombs capable of obliterating whole cities and the population within.
The Church Militant has a far more powerful weapon than weapons of mass destruction. We have Christ’s gospel transforming hatred to love, death to life, hell to heaven. Instead of wiping out cities and the population, we establish congregations redeemed with the blood of Christ.
We pick up the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, with which we crush Satan, which breathes life into souls gasping for spiritual breath. Satan likes to distract us. He knows our sinful nature and all our weaknesses. He knows how to penetrate our defenses. What are your weaknesses? How does Satan use you to get his way with you? Is it alcohol, drugs, pornography, greed, lust, anger, laziness? What is his plan to distract you, leading you away from God’s love in Christ, leading you down the broad path of destruction? Do you feel overwhelmed? Are you at a point that you no longer can resist him? Do you easily cave in? What can you do?
You have the sword of the spirit, the Word of God. Go to it. Pick it up. Read the psalms. Read the gospel of Mark, the book of Romans. Discover anew God’s love for you and sinners all. Refresh yourself with the assurance that your sins are forgiven. Discover the truth that you are God’s child, washed with Jesus’ precious blood in your baptism, and that nothing can separate you from the love of God that is manifested in Christ Jesus, your Lord and Savior.
Armies of this world must train, build themselves up and become experts with the weapons given them. We as the church militant must train and exercise with prayer, daily devotions and with the weapons given us, the Word of God, our baptism, the refreshment of the Lord’s Supper.
How are you doing?
PONDER EPHESIANS 6:12-13
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.