The secret to winning the battle is in the preparation. A soldier is a servant ready for battle and prepared for combat. A soldier has every tool sharpened and usable to stand against all attacks. When my older sister left home in 1992 to enlist into the U.S. Army, there was an 8-week preparation called “boot camp” that all aspiring soldiers had to complete. Signing up for the military is one aspect of the military process, but enduring training is another step. See, it’s inside the training where a person is refined, reshaped, or even restored — enduring that training involves a mindset.
“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” — Ephesians 6:14-17
The Secret to Winning
The battle doesn’t begin when the soldier is on the front lines. It starts with the preparation of a soldier. This process can be applied to life, as well. When we’re not spending the proper time with the commander in chief, or as 1 Peter 2:25 states, “the shepherd and overseer of your souls,” it will cause our preparation to become a stagnation which leads to fear, and fear is not from God.
Two reasons we as Christians are fearful and ultimately lose the battle: 1. We’re unprepared. 2. We have something to hide.
We can’t fight the good fight of faith without the proper preparation. Helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, belt of truth, feet shod with peace, but most importantly, the sword of the Spirit which we all know is the word of God. Remember David? David was anointed a king of Israel at the age of 17 (1 Samuel 16); however, David didn’t take the throne for another 23 years (2 Samuel 5:4). We can carry the word of God around all day and preach from the mountain tops but, if we’re not feeding our FAITH in the isolation stage, the stage when no one is around, we’re doomed to lose the spiritual battle.
The Secret to Winning The Spiritual Battle
The great thing about David is, he didn’t go around bragging about being the king; he went back to doing what God first told him to do—prepare. People are more concerned about their physical workout than their spiritual warfare. Some of us show up to the battle half-dressed with our armor battered and bruised.
Recently, I was reading an article from Rick Renner, and he said, “The roman soldiers before battle would take their shields and soak them in water all night before battle to better quench the flaming arrows of the enemy” (“Here’s How to Extinguish the Fiery Darts of the Wicked! | Rick Renner Ministries,” n.d.).
Author: B. Jerrod
For more reading materials on the secret to winning the spiritual battle, see below:
- 3 Ways You Can Have More Spiritual Discipline
- How to Use Spiritual Gifts for the Glory of God
- Spiritual Growth | Master Your Craft