readiness ... a must
During the Battle of
Shiloh in the Civil War, a young soldier was wounded. His commanding
officer took his rifle and sent him to the rear, apparently out
of harms way. Shortly thereafter, the soldier appeared once
again. "Captain, Ill take that rifle back," he said. "There
aint no rear in this here battle."
Believers often discover
there is "no rear" in the battle against Satan. Though some are
out front where the fighting seems fiercest, Satan commonly attacks
Christians who are seemingly out of the battle.
Satan doesnt always
throw the weight of his attacks against those most prominent. He
and knows it makes sense for him to attack Christians
when they are weak and unguarded.
No one in Gods
army is immune to attack. And one of the reasons some Christians
cave in when they are attacked is lack of preparation. It doesnt
make sense for a soldier to wait to begin combat training until
he has seen the enemy. Its too late by then. But thats
just what many Christians do.
Believers need spiritual
discipline and training in spiritual warfare before the battle gets
heated. When Satan strikes an unprepared believer, the consequences
are far more serious than if that believer had been growing in the
Lord. Spiritual growth does not exempt you from attack, but it certainly
prepares you better to fight it.
A satanic attack often
means that God has great things in store. Satan does not need an
all-out victory. All he needs to do is discourage. Many Christians
have let discouragement rob them of victory.
But even strong Christians
must always be on guard
and never underestimate the enemy.
Satan is adept at striking even seasoned soldiers when their guard
First Peter 5:8 instructs,
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring
lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
Never assume youre
out of the battle. Spiritual preparation and growth are critical
for everyone who names the name of Christ.