July 28, 2022
If you have served in the military and especially in the Navy you will recognize the command, ”Battle Stations.” Whenever a soldier, sailor, or Marine hears this he knows to get to his post, lock and load and make sure the safety is off, the trigger is pulled back, and he is ready to fire and ready to fight on command. I’ve already told you that every Christian on earth is at war. We were born at war with God because we all were born in sin. But when we lay down our arms at the cross of Jesus Christ in unconditional surrender, God declares peace with us. When God declares peace with us, then Satan declares war with us and we must be permanently at our battle stations from earth to heaven. Remember that the Evil One is very cunning. He is more adept at guerilla warfare. Her is in this war for the long game. He is also very patient in his efforts.
Now it is one thing to be willing to fight a war, but it’s another thing to know how to win it. You can have the right weapons, you can be in the right place, but if you don’t have the right strategy, you will lose the war every time. Paul has told us who our enemy is. He has told us what our weapons are, but now he tells us how to win the war. Last Sunday we talked about the Art of War and especially how a soldier is to be dressed. Our battle armament is always defensive; it is for our protection. Remember that Satan was defeated at Calvary yet he still has the ability to wound us and to thwart the work that we are to perform.
To be properly equipped for this battle we must begin with God’s power. In Ephesians 6:10 we read, ”Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Please notice he didn’t just say be strong, but to ”be strong in the Lord.” This is not a matter of pumping iron; it’s not a matter of lifting weights; it’s not a matter of human ability; this is a matter of a walk with God. It is not physical exercise. It is spiritual discipline that matters if we are going to be ready and tough soldiers of Jesus Christ. In other words, we are not to fight in our power, we are to fight in God’s power! We will continue to plan and pre-pare for the spiritual warfare that we all contend with. Be a part of our study each Sunday morning. God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light