continued from… How It All Started
I love war.
Not starting it, or fighting it, but I love studying about it, reading about it, teaching it.
Some of my favorite books are military histories: the Norman Conquest, the Napoleonic Wars, the Civil War.
I love reading about their strategies.
Before there were submarines and airplanes and atomic bombs, there was some really great military strategy. In fact, until the 19th Century, war was pretty much fought the same since the beginning of time.
Of course, you would have small advances that would change the way certain things were done – The Canaanites were the first to use iron chariots that were much stronger than bronze; Philip of Macedonia was the first general to effectively use foot soldiers in a phalanx when he conquered most of Greece; then you had the Chinese doing their own thing in Asia, and the introduction of firearms in warfare about the 1400s; but the concept was all pretty much the same – you had to be either stronger or smarter than the enemy, or have a secret weapon…or you were going to lose.
Spiritually, we’re in a war.
Ephesians tells us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
We are in a battle against Satan and his evil forces.
We are not stronger.
We are certainly not smarter.
But we are not doomed because we have a secret weapon.
Ephesians 6:13-16 says: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
Satan has set his army in array. He is ready for war.
But God has given us all the protection we need to combat his advances and keep his forces at bay.
to be continued…