When you look at the myriad of events that affect us each and every day, we have a daily call to “be strong in the Lord” and “stand against the wiles of the devil.” With the internet and the bombardment of RF signals, it imperative that we have our heads protected with the “helmet of salvation.” Trying to wade through all the “fake news” and determine the truth reveals our need to have our “loins girt with truth.” Reading the daily attacks on Christianity in our own country and the persecution of Christians globally can make one’s heart grow weak. But we have been provided a “breastplate of righteousness” to protect the heart. All of this from Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus is nothing less than the descriptive narrative of outfitting a soldier for battle. Our march into the fray is a little odd in comparison to how we normally view a fight—we are to have our feet shod with the gospel of peace. The attacks are so great that even this is not enough. We are told in Ephesians 6:16 that more importantly than all of the armor described, (in fact the KJV version says “above all”) we are to take up the “shield of faith.” There is so much we need to be shielded from and so much our children need to be shielded from. We have to learn to walk in faith, not by what we see in the news, on the television, in the movies or by what we’re exposed to via the internet. Now I’m not against the TV, the movies or any of the wonderful inventions of media we enjoy today—in fact, I don’t see Satan giving us these remarkable inventions, although he uses them to his own greatest advantage at every turn. Satan probably makes better use of them than the Christian community.
Someone who seeks to kill, steal and destroy won’t give you something that makes life better, easier or more abundant. Those things come from the One who promises an abundant life, from He who gives every good and perfect gift. Not only that, but Satan can’t create; only steal. We are warned to “watch,” to be aware of our enemy and we have been suited up for our defense. But we can’t stop there; to be wearing the uniform of the soldier doesn’t arm you for battle. The uniform is defensive, a camouflage at times designed especially for the needs of the soldier, but what about a weapon? It is the “sword of the spirit which is the Word of God.” The Bible tells us that we defeat our enemy not by might and not by power, but by the Spirit of
God. Our weapons are not carnal, but they are mighty and can breakdown the strongholds of the enemy.
So as I begin this journey of blogging, I enter into the battle and pray that you will join me dressed in the whole armor of God, because if you don’t have the whole armor, have you not left some area vulnerable to the enemy? Remembering that this is always easier said than done, it requires a daily commitment and a cognitive intentional putting on of the armor and heading into the battle with purpose, even when we don’t have the confidence.
“As soldiers we must remain prepared, for we don’t battle flesh and blood,
but principalities and powers in a dark and raging flood.”
From my poem- Onward Christian Soldiers
I will be attending the “True Legends” conference in Branson at the Mansion Theatre September 15-17. If you are there perhaps we will get a chance to meet. Though I am not a speaking or presenting anything at this conference, I will have a book table there where I hope to have 2 to 3 books available, and I am working on a DVD of recited poetry with images, text and musical background. What is available by then is in God’s hand and according to His timing. You can see the videos on my YouTube channel, Randy Conway Poems. Please like, share and subscribe.