02 Nov 2008

Preparing For Spiritual Warfare

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One of the “coolest” things about being a Christian knight (a term I prefer to “soldier in God’s army”) is that you get all the excitement of being a warrior, without having to engage in a morally dubious use of violence. C.S. Lewis wrote that because Satan rules this world, Christians are behind enemy lines. That is an adventure; being a Christian doesn’t mean you only walk around meekly, looking for old ladies to help across the street, and talking like Ned Flanders.

In this vein, one of the coolest passages from the Bible contains these instructions from Paul in Ephesians 6:10-17:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…

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