Spiritual Warfare and Suppressing Fire
by Tom Goodman
July 14, 2010
So, in Iraq and Afghanistan, how many shots are fired for every enemy killed?
Robert Evans called attention to that figure at Cracked.com. The ammo is expended laying down suppressing fire, which
limits the ability of the enemy to fire and allows your own troops to move into more strategic positions.
How come we believers don't follow that philosophy in our own fights?
The Apostle Paul often described the Christian life as spiritual warfare. Twice, Paul tells Timothy to "fight the good fight of the faith" (1 Timothy 1:18 and 6:12). It was something he himself was committed to, and near the end of his life Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight." He calls Christian co-workers his "fellow soldiers" (Philippians 2:25; Philemon 1:2; cf. 2 Timothy 2:3). He wrote that we fight "against the powers of this
dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12) and so "the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world" (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). No, we're to put on "the full armor of God" for our warfare, as described in Ephesians 6:10-18.
Now, what's our typical strategy in this spiritual warfare? Maybe we attend a single worship service, and maybe not even weekly?
How about a few more bullets? Let's start with attending the worship service weekly instead of, oh, monthly. Let's add a small-group experience to that. How about daily Bible reading, and choosing books from Christian authors that will help you grow
in your understanding and application of the Word? Socialize with other believers who are trying to make the same life choices you're trying to make. And make sure the soundtrack of your life is populated with music that turns your thoughts to God
and his ways.
Let's be willing to expend a quarter of a million bullets for each spiritual "enemy" we face!
Worship Leaders: Gene has such a talent pool of musicians. You've probably noticed that he has enlisted three men to occasionally lead our worship music. We're so grateful for Paul Rusch, Mark Chambers, and Brent Blaha! This Sunday, it's Brent's turn
to have a role in leading the worship music. For the message, our text will be Acts 5:12-42, if you want to read ahead. See you @ 10!
Weblog: Check out my blog, "Get Anchored," with its Links to Your World -- interesting and informative links, posted every Tuesday.
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