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Battle Ready

If we would therefore behave like good soldiers of Jesus Christ, we must be always on our guard, and never pretend to lay down our spiritual weapons of prayer and watching, till our warfare is ended by death; for if we do, our spiritual foe will quickly prevail against us. - George Whitefield

Before David went out to fight Goliath, King Saul offered him the use of his armor. As a young shepherd, David had no military equipment or weapons of war, just a sling. David tried on the armor but found it cumbersome, awkward, and limiting. He chose to face Goliath with only his sling and God.

Like David, we face battles every day, some bigger than others. And like David, we have an offer of armor that we can wear. The difference is that this armor fits and is highly effective.

Paul’s final charge in his letter to his dear friends in Ephesus offered armor for their daily struggles. He told them to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11a): the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes ready with the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit – the Word of God.

The purpose of the armor is, “that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11b) We all face schemes of the devil, and God wants us to be safe and victorious. We can fight on our own or with the armor God provides.


Dan Bolin

Author & President

Refueling in Flight Ministries


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