We had just finished packing up our gear when we realized it was time to head to the airfield. Five weeks after 911, we would soon be parachuting into Afghanistan to start the search for Osama Bin Laden. We had only walked about 50 feet from our tent when one of our soldiers stopped in his tracks, mumbled something under his breath, turned and ran back. We watched with curiosity until we saw him running back with an embarrassed look on his face. He had forgot his weapon. We all had a slight chuckle and moved forward without saying a word. We realized what nerves can make us do or not do.
It’s hard to imagine going into combat without your weapon. Doing that would make you a fool. Unfortunately, many Christians go into spiritual battle every day without being properly armed for it. The cost is of being ill prepared is high.
Got Questions Ministries explains the sword of the spirit like this. “The purpose of the sword of the Spirit—the Bible—is to make us strong and able to withstand the evil onslaughts of Satan, our enemy (Psalm 119:11, 33–40, 99–105). The Holy Spirit uses the power of the Word to save souls and then to give them spiritual strength to be mature soldiers for the Lord in fighting this corrupt and evil world we live in. The more we know and understand the Word of God, the more useful we will be in doing the will of God and the more effective we will be in standing against the enemy of our souls.” This summary best explains why the sword of the spirit is so important.
On Saturday, April 1st, at 9:00am, our men’s ministry leader Mike Wallace will be speaking at our men’s breakfast. He will share personally how the sword of the spirit has been an effective tool in helping him stay strong in his faith and not fall prey to the devil’s schemes. Come join us for some great food and inspiring stories to help us be the men Christ wants us to be, and how best to use our sword.