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Putting on the Armor of God

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Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench 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. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. (Eph 6:11-18)

The Roman gladiator was the most formidable warrior of his time. When the Roman army went on the offensive, the enemy trembled, and Paul used the armor worn by the Roman soldier to illustrate how we should be clad in battle, appending Scriptural elements to each item.
The Belt of Truth. The Breastplate of Righteousness. The Gospel Shoes. The Shield of Faith. The Helmet of Salvation. And the Sword of the Spirit. This is the Armor of God—standard battle gear in preparedness for the day of evil. But we don’t have to wait for that day to come. It is already here. It has been here a while. We need to get outfitted soon.

The Belt of Truth

"Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist" (Eph:614)

A belt is what holds up our trousers. If it isn’t buckled tight, our trousers aren’t secured, and having them fall—as anyone who has ever had his trousers drop in public knows—is a sight both unseemly and embarrassing.

The belt—the Belt of Truth in our armory—is what the enemy always goes for in battle, especially when it is at its fiercest. He knows that if he succeeds in cutting it loose, not only does he make us the laughing stock in the battlefield, he renders our defenses without power. Draw a mental image of yourself waving a sword at Satan with one hand while you clutch your pants with the other and you will get the picture.

It becomes essential, therefore, to have our Belt of Truth on at all times, firmly buckled, so that we don’t give the enemy the opportunity to incapacitate us. But what is this truth that we should wear?

In Scriptural usage, truth has three meanings. One is truth in word and deed—the opposite of falsehood. Another is truth in the heart—the opposite of hypocrisy. And the third is truth in God. All three truths are the links in the belt that God asks us to wear.

Truth in word and deed is essentially honesty. We normally associate honesty with not telling a lie, but honesty goes far beyond that. It involves complete truthfulness in every single thing that we say and do. Most of us are not honest. Even the more righteous among us believe that a certain degree of dishonesty is required if we are to survive in this world and, consequently, go through life perjuring ourselves in a million little ways.

We will never be able to wear the Belt of Truth unless we are able to reprogram our words and actions so that they are governed, not by what the world wants, but by what God expects of us. We can however, use the eyes of the world to achieve this purpose. Picture everything you do displayed on a huge screen for the entire world to see. If there is anything that you say or do (or even think!) that you do not want anyone—even one single person—to see, decide not to do it.

Our mind (read: the enemy) will occasionally justify some actions as necessarily valid only for a restricted audience, but we should not let this fool us. Everything we do has to be for universal viewing, which includes our son, our mother, our great aunt, our neighbor and, if we are talking about a friend, that friend!

The second meaning is truth in heart. Christians have hypocrisy down to a fine art. We run down our brothers and sisters from other denominations as heretics, denouncing everything they preach as going against the teachings of God, and then we demonstrate our own grasp of Christ’s teachings by trying to beat the “real” truth into them—verbally or otherwise.

We run down our brothers and sisters from other religions as being fanatics because of their dedication in practicing their faith, while we, who do little beyond paying token obeisance to God, claim to be people of true faith! We disparage everything and everybody, believing that we have the monopoly over the truth—each one his own version of it, of course—and everyone else has got it wrong.

Such arrogance plays right into the enemy’s hands. Rather than working to keep our own belts buckled, we keep trying to unbuckle the belts that others wear! The consequences are, quite naturally, disastrous and have the enemy snickering away in glee! A good step in ensuring that this doesn’t happen is to talk less and listen more. We will also learn humility of heart, which goes hand in hand with truth in the heart.

There are other untruths in the heart as well like pride, selfishness, jealousy, envy, bitterness, hypocrisy, deceit and even worry. While sins in word and deed are corrected relatively easily, such sins of the heart can be remedied only by the Holy Spirit.

The final truth, and without the doubt the most important truth, is truth in God. “I am the truth,” declared Jesus. Our concepts of truth are not something that we decide by ourselves, but based on a truth outside of ourselves. It is often referred to as Absolute Truth. This truth is Jesus. Not only is he the third and most important link in the belt that we are asked to wear, he is the material that runs through the entire fabric.

When we accept the fact that Jesus is the truth, we accept that everything that he said is true and if we use what he said as a way of living our life, then we will assuredly be walking in the truth!

Jesus is also the Word (cf. John 1:1; Revelation 19:13). This makes the Word the truth as well. Understanding the Word as truth isn’t easy but to ensure that we wouldn’t be handicapped as a result of this Jesus promised us a guide—the Holy Spirit. “I have said these things to you while I am still with you, ”Jesus said before he ascended into heaven. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you” (Jn 14:25-26).

The Holy Spirit leads us into the truth and will explain a lot of things as we delve into it. He will convict us when necessary. He will cast light in the shadows of the heart where sins are hidden. He will peel off the masks of deceit that we wear. He will reveal the truth to us.

We need to remember that the enemy will often try to subvert the truth, and those not entirely filled with the Holy Spirit can be misled. To prevent this from happening, we’d be wise to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church. There are two thousand years of thought and wisdom that has gone into them, all with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

On occasions when we need to make decisions on our own and don’t have time to check out the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we can ask ourselves if what we are about to do will bring us closer to God or take us away from him. If it brings us closer to God, it is very likely that what we will do is right.

The Gospel Shoes

"As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace" (Eph 6:15).

During wartime, soldiers at the battlefront sleep with their shoes on. Should the need arise, they are ready to spring to their feet and swing into action immediately. A soldier who does not have his shoes on will waste valuable moments searching for them, and then, in his haste to put them on, might not secure them properly. This could cost him his life, as well as the lives of others.

In the battle that we fight—against creatures that are not of flesh and blood—it is souls that we have to save. To be able to do this, we need our shoes on at all times: our Gospel Shoes. This is, very simply, the word of God. To be able to live it and to take it to others, travelling over long distances and over different types of terrain.

It is an embarrassing fact that most Christians don’t know the word of God. Other than a few parables that we learned as children, and perhaps some scattered knowledge of the miracles that Jesus performed, we know little else. Consequently, far from having “our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace,” we walk around barefoot and within moments are sitting by the wayside nursing our aching, swollen feet. The enemy doesn’t even bother giving us a second glance; he knows we pose no threat to him.

We have to know the word of God. We have to read it, study it, understand it, memorize it, meditate upon it, and finally preach it. It all takes time and one should not be unduly hasty. Like any pair of shoes, the Gospel Shoes first need to be broken in and this can be done only by wearing them for a while until they become comfortable. It is a foolish person who sets out on a long walk wearing a pair of brand new shoes.

Once the shoes are broken in, the long walks become obligatory. We are required to walk for great distances, living our lives the way God asks us to live them. There is no danger of the shoes wearing out, because unlike regular shoes these get stronger and more comfortable with use and quickly become like a second skin. When this happens the confidence that we get is tremendous. No longer do we feel like running away from life or from the troubles it brings; on the contrary we are eager to meet them because the Gospel Shoes give us that ability. We also obtain peace, because the gospel is a gospel of peace, “a peace that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7).

How do we get this peace? From Jesus. After he promised his apostles the Holy Spirit, he told them: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (Jn 14:27). It is also extremely liberating, and it frees us, like few things can, of the chains that tie us down to the world.

Once we have achieved this peace, it becomes almost natural to want to give it to others and we can tell a true Christian by the manner in which he does so. If we see a man walking in peace among his brothers, spreading the word of God with love, we will know that the Gospel Shoes that he wears is a perfect fit. If, however, we come across a man who cannot live in amity with his brothers, and is always engaged in doctrinal, theological or other conflict, you can be certain that he is wearing the wrong shoes.

It doesn’t take much doing to spread the gospel of peace. As one of the Proverbs has it: “When the ways of people please the Lord, he causes even their enemies to be at peace with them” (Prov 16:7). This is, however, not a universal truth. Very often we will come across people whose hearts are so hard, they aren’t interested in peace. Scripture is very clear on what we are supposed to do in such cases.

“As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you” (Mt 12-13).

And finally, there is one more thing you can do with your Gospel Shoes. On your journeys you will often come across the enemy who will try to harass you. The feet are a weapon too. Kick him!

The Shield of Faith

"With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one" (Eph 6:16).

If we are good Christians (read: people who do our best to emulate Christ in every way, not people who merely go to Church every Sunday), we are people that the enemy is mortally afraid of because he knows that we can cause his kingdom irreparable harm. Consequently, he will rain down arrows upon us without ceasing; flaming arrows that will burn us if they hit and bring us down. There is only one thing that can keep us entirely safe. It is the mighty shield; the Shield of Faith.

The Old Testament is littered with stories of men who carried powerful shields of faith. Here is a mention of some of them in the letter written to the Hebrews. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going” (Heb 11:6-8).

The Shield of Faith these men wielded was awesome as they believed and trusted in promises that God made, even at times when every bit of “common sense” dictated that they were impossible to fulfill. We are all required to wield shields of faith in the manner that they did.

God gives us this shield when we are baptized in Christ. It is given to us gratis, not because we have done anything to merit it or deserve it, but as a gift. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Eph 2:8).

But once given, we have to use it. A shield does nothing by itself. If left in a corner it will simply lie there collecting dust while we get shot at and burned down. Most of us who are born Christians do just that; keep our faith to one side. It is not enough to simply hold it in the hand either. While it might deflect some of the arrows shot at us, a well aimed one will have us up in flames. To be fully effective, a shield has to be used to block every arrow that is fired our way. This is an active task, requiring the effort of making choices all the time.

When the enemy shoots arrows at our mind, for instance, tempting us to question the promises of the gospel, it is faith that defends us; a faith that asserts that God does not lie and that every word he speaks is the truth. When he shoots arrows at our heart, tempting us with the desires of the world, once again it is only faith that can save us; a faith that reminds us that the eternal happiness that awaits us is worth sacrificing the temporal pleasures of this life. When he shoots arrows at our feet, tempting us to walk on slippery paths that lead to destruction, yet again it is faith that comes to the rescue; a faith that affirms that the only “way” is Jesus.

While the Helmet of Salvation will protect our mind, the Breastplate of Righteousness will protect our heart, and the Gospel Shoes will protect our feet, the defenses themselves are protected by the additional defence of faith. Consequently, anyone who wears the Armor of God properly and carries a strong Shield of Faith becomes practically invulnerable to the attack of the enemy, whose burning arrows then begin to have a power akin to lighted match sticks. We can extinguish them easier than we would blow out the candles on a birthday cake!

Obtaining a faith that is this strong, however, requires a lot of effort. Faith has to be strengthened on a gradual basis, and this doesn’t happen in a controlled environment. It mostly happens right out in the battlefield where we are required to use the Shield of Faith time and time again. God often protects us in the early stages, but as our “shield control” gets better, he leaves us to fend for ourselves. This can be a very trying time, as many of you will learn from painful experience, but by the end of it, the shield practically becomes an extension of our arm and warding off the arrows becomes almost automatic.

We should, therefore, practice wielding the shield. The easiest way to do so is by making statements of faith whenever the arrows start flying, all expressed with declarations that begin with credos: I believe that God’s will for me will be done in my life. I believe that God is looking after me and watching over me at all times. I believe that there is no power on earth that can touch me as long as I remain faithful to God. I believe that God does not lie; that he will keep each and every promise that he has made to me. I believe that I have eternal life. I believe that I am no longer a slave to sin. I believe ....

The Sword of the Spirit

“Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph 6:17).

No war has ever been won by a defending army. The army to win has always been the army that went on the offensive, the army that attacked and advanced, the army that demolished the enemy’s strongholds, secured territory, and set prisoners of war free. We have seen how the Armor of God—the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Gospel Shoes, the Shield of Faith and the Helmet of Salvation—can protect us from the attacks of the enemy. There is one weapon in the armory, however, that not only lets us defend ourselves, but also enables us to go on the offensive, putting the enemy to flight. It is the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

This mighty sword—crafted, tempered and honed by none other than the Holy Spirit himself—is a weapon of formidable power. We see Jesus wielding it to great effect when the devil came to tempt him in the desert.

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him” (Mt 4:1-11)

The devil attacked Jesus three times. Three times Jesus beat him back by using the Sword of the Spirit—the powerful word of God! His first reply was from Deuteronomy 8:3, his second from Deuteronomy 6:16, and his third from Deuteronomy 6:13. And the devil fled, beaten.

If we are to resist the attacks of the enemy—and take the battle to him—it is vital that we learn to be good practitioners of the sword. This involves using the sword. A sword might look very pretty hanging on our wall but if an enemy attacks us, we need to have it in our hand. And we need to know how to wield it effectively!

Most Christians have a Bible in their homes. Some give it pride of place on the altar stand, and while the respect given to it is merited, if the Bible isn’t opened, read, believed, studied, meditated upon and lived, it is of precious little use in the war we are in. And let us make no mistake about it; we are in a war. Everywhere we look we see the debris of evil. We see people sick with cancer, diabetes, heart problems, and a thousand other ailments. We see people hooked on drugs, alcohol, nicotine, pornography and scores of other bondages. We see people who are lonely; people who are scared; people who are hurting; people who are abused, physically and mentally; people suffering in so many different ways as a result of war, rape, poverty, starvation, terrorism and torture.

We have seen that Satan is a defeated enemy, so how does a defeated enemy get to have so much power? Because we permit him to have it. Jesus has shown us that it doesn’t take much for him to flee. Jesus has also given us the power to fight him and beat him. “See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you” (Lk 10:19).

To overcome the enemy, however, we have to learn how to use the sword of the Holy Spirit, which has the “divine power to demolish strongholds.” How do we do this? We can begin by taking the sword off the wall and holding it in our hand. We can toss the sheath away as something we will never need again because this is one sword that should never be sheathed. And then we can start training.

Though we can get educated in the basic techniques of sword-fighting by people who know how to use the sword well, the only person who can truly teach us to master it is the Holy Spirit himself. It is, after all, his sword. And training takes place in His school: the School of the Holy Spirit. The School of the Holy Spirit is a tough training ground where we learn many things, among which are developing the qualities that make for a good soldier of God. Sword fighting is just one of them. Like almost every other subject in the school, the training doesn’t take place in a controlled environment, where we can practice using the weapon in safety. We are thrown straight away into battle.

The first lessons in use of the sword involve evicting the enemy from our own life, while simultaneously getting indoctrinated in how remarkably effective the blade is against the strongholds the enemy might have built in our hearts and in our minds. “Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12).

If we read the word of God for an hour each day, we will be a changed people in just a few months. God’s truth will penetrate into our hearts, discerning our thoughts and attitudes and exposing any hypocrisy or deceit in them. It will also reveal all the sin in our lives. Faced with such intense scrutiny from which there is no hiding, we will simply not be able to do anything but rectify whatever is wrong about our life so that we can stand up to God’s piercing gaze. The strongholds will come crashing down and the devil will flee!

Once we have exorcised the devil from our lives, we need to kick him out of our homes. Sitting down with our families for some time in the morning and/or in the evening and reading the word of God as we pray together will transform our family as much as we have been transformed. All the turbulence that might exist in our homes; all the divisiveness, the violence, the tantrums, the sexual infidelities, the nagging, the disobedience, the disrespect and all other problems that the enemy has engineered will cease. If we ever begin to lose the peace and love that exists in our home, it is because we have begun neglecting reading praying together. The moment we resume, peace and love reigns once again.

When we have our family set right, it is time to take the battle to the enemy, wherever he might be, but we should not let the decision in this be ours. We should wait on the Spirit to guide us when to use the sword, how to use it and where to use it. Then we need to obey as he tells us. We need to expose sin where we find it. We need to call it by name, not the disguised phraseology invented by new age and humanistic philosophies. When we see people being lulled into complacency by the preaching of a soft gospel, we need to wake them up by preaching its hard truths. They may not like us for it, but this shouldn’t disturb us; we are soldiers in a war, not contestants in a popularity contest, and our task is to defeat the enemy no matter what the personal cost to us.

We might notch up some easy victories as we do battle, but we should remember at all times that we are in a war with an enemy who is utterly shameless. It doesn’t matter how many times we thrash him or how many times he runs away; he will be back, especially when he senses weakness or fatigue. And like the coward he is, he doesn’t fight us face-to-face or man-to-man. He will always sneak up on us trying to blind-side us or come at us with a dozen of his lackeys in tow. He might succeed in wounding us at times. We might even fall on occasion. At such times we should remember the gospel assurance that there is “no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus" (Rom 8:1).

We should go straight to our Father who will forgive us, nurse us back to health and send us to do battle again—stronger than before. “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn 1:9).

We should never ever forget that the victory against the devil has already been won; we just need to claim it. “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it" (Col 2:15). Let us memorize that by heart.

Even as we arm ourselves with God’s sword, we have to exercise some extra caution when it comes to using it outside of ourself and our family. Many of us don’t train at the School of the Holy Spirit. We read the word of God, use our human intellect to obtain understanding, memorize verses like actors memorize their lines for a play, and then spout them at every opportunity we get, often totally out of context. This is a dangerous way of using the word of God and we have all seen the people who do this cause immense damage and confusion as they preach utter nonsense.

Even more dangerous are the people who believe that God has poured his Spirit exclusively on them, giving only them a true understanding of Scripture while bypassing almost everybody else over the last 2000 years. Such people use the word of God to hack away mindlessly at anything that departs from what they imagine is right. From the gashing, gaping wounds that they create in God’s body, it is obvious that their instructor is not the Holy Spirit but the enemy himself and they wield, not the Sword of the Spirit, but the butcher’s knife of the devil.

The only way that we can be sure that the Holy Spirit is the one guiding us is by the sort of man (or woman) we become when our training is complete. If we were trained by the Spirit of God, he will not let us go out into the world until such time that we are full of his power and bear his fruit in abundance, especially the fruit of love.

The Weapon of Prayer

“Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints” (Eph 7:18).

One of the most vital components of any war is maintaining constant communication with Command Headquarters. Not only does this communication allow us to request reinforcements should we need it, we have constant access to instructions on what we are required to do in a particular situation and, if we are in a position of leadership or on a special mission, access to vital intelligence. Lines that are free of interference obviously make for better communication.

It is no different in our spiritual war, where prayer serves as our communication link with God, and keeping the lines static free—having no unforgiveness in our hearts or unrepented sin on our conscience—ensures for more effective communication. Most spiritual battles are won with prayer, where requests for assistance often result in the total and complete annihilation of enemy strongholds.

Prayer is like a ballistic missile, guided and extremely powerful. It can completely neutralize the enemy’s attacks rendering them impotent and powerless. It is nothing short of amazing that this remarkable weapon, which is available to everybody, is so rarely used. And, when used, is often utilized ineffectively. We often radio in our call for help, but then, rather than prepare ourselves for the battle to follow, we do the equivalent of digging ourselves into a foxhole and waiting for the heavy artillery to arrive. This isn’t going to get us anywhere! God is there to help us win this war (which, in case we need reminding, is against an enemy who has already been defeated) but we have to do what needs to be done: fight!

We also have the habit of spending most of our prayer time in one-way communication. Yes, we need to let God know what our situation is and what we need from him, but we also have to listen to what he says in reply! We can’t listen if we are yammering away all the time, which is what some of us do in prayer. And then, those of us who do listen, don’t obey! Obedience is critical in war—any war. We have to recognize that our commander has a much better idea of what is going on in the field of battle and his instructions are as much as a result of that as of overall strategy. When we disobey his instructions we jeopardize everything, including the salvation of our brothers who fight alongside us, and towards whom we also have a responsibility.

Looking out for our brothers is important. We are not fighting this war on our own. Our compatriots fight with us and if they go down, we go down. Most of us don’t seem to understand this basic fact, and rather than uniting in fighting the enemy, we squabble amongst ourselves. The enemy is not the Pope. Or Benny Hinn. Or Barak Obama. Or the next door neighbor. The enemy is the devil and if we are to beat him we have to fight him together. This is why Paul advises us to “always keep on praying for all the saints.” The saints are our fellow Christians and it is our duty to constantly intercede for their protection.

There are several other things to keep in mind when praying. Here are a few of the more important ones.

When we request for assistance, we need to be specific. If we have a problem with a particular sexual sin, for instance, we should pray for deliverance from that particular sin, not for deliverance from all the sexual ills of the world. Or if we have difficulty in forgiving one particular person who hurt us, we should pray that we be granted the grace to forgive that person, not his family whom we have nothing against.

We shouldn’t put limitations on what we ask for. There are, after all, no restrictions on the assets available to us. If we need heavy guns, we should ask for them. If we need reinforcements we should ask for them too. God will even send his angels to protect us if we put in the request. We need to understand that not all requests will be granted. As stated earlier, our field commander has a greater understanding of what is happening on the battlefield than we do. Consequently he might deny some of our requests as unnecessary or even detrimental to us. We should accept these “denials of requests” with the full faith that God knows what is best for us.

When we are under severe attack, the hardest thing to do is to drop down to our knees in prayer, but it is the one thing we absolutely have to do if we don’t want to go under. Let our prayer be impassioned at these times; just the way we would beg our commander for help if we were surrounded on all sides by the enemy in a “real” battle and were at risk of losing our life.

We should not be afraid of “losing face” by asking our fellow soldiers for help if we need it. We all need each other and you will be surprised at how quickly attacks are repulsed if we seek prayer assistance from friends.

We should not report only our losses to God; we need to tell him of the victories we have achieved too. Some of us beat the enemy continuously for weeks and months on end but then are hurt by a stray arrow. We instantly forget all the victories we achieved and focus on the defeat. This plays right into the enemy’s hands, who thrives on discouragement. Let us not give him that satisfaction!

When we are hurt, we should go straight to the infirmary, get ourselves treated for our wounds, and return to battle as soon as we can. Translated, this means that if we fall, we should waste no time going to God in repentance, accept the complete forgiveness that he gives us, and get back to war, determined to pay the enemy back a hundred times for what he did to us.

We should not forget the power of coordinated fire. Rambo-style missions are great on the odd occasion, but hit-and-run tactics don’t work very well in this war, which mostly needs the concerted and persistent effort of soldiers. So we should pray together with our brothers and sisters often and with persistence. It often takes a lot of effort and patience to smash a well fortified bunker!

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