Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
– Ephesians 6:10-20
“Nearly two million men and women are currently active in the United States Armed Forces. Taking a stand against visible enemies is important for the protection and well-being of the nation. But equally important is taking a stand against invisible enemies – and you’re enlisted. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against…spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). As one of God’s spiritual soldiers, you are to put on the full armor of God, “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:18).
I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower.
- Habakkuk 2:1
“When Israel was in a sinful state, God looked for an intercessor. “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30).
– Presidential Prayer Team Devotion
I served in the military, but after three years in Germany, I came home. When my commitment was over, I moved on to other things.
Some people who served did not get the chance of coming back alive, and moving on to other things.
I used an old tune in a previous post. “Old soldiers never die. They just fade away.”
That may be true, but some young soldiers don’t get the chance to be old soldiers.
Remember that when you are celebrating the unofficial coming of summer, the Indy 500, the other sporting events, the backyard barbeques, and one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
I served in peace, relative peace. I was so close to going to Vietnam, that the timing haunts me. For many, many years, I have spent the Memorial Day weekend watching war movies and getting grumpy, wondering how I would respond if I had been in John Wayne’s shoes (or Clark Gable, or Gregory Peck, etc.).
Yet, there is another battle that each Christian faces every day. We are fighting evil. We need to stay in God’s word, just as the Apostle Paul admonishes us to do in the Scripture above. That is the sword of the Spirit.
And when you stop, ever so briefly from the fun of the weekend, remember those in our country who have died defending our freedom. Remember also those who have given their lives in service to Jesus Christ. They have carried their sword of the Spirit into battle. Are you ready to do the same?
Soli Deo Gloria. Glory to God Alone.