Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Battle Alert is Full Time
As soon as we are victorious in a battle, the next one must be prepared for, because sure as shooting the enemy will recoup and return. In 1 Kings, we read about Ahab's win over the Arameans. Afterward, the prophet who had foretold his victory came to the king and told him to "Strengthen your position and see what must be done, because next spring the king of Aram will attack you again."
When Satan left Jesus in the desert after tempting him, "he left him until an opportune time."
And, as well, Scripture warns us "if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!"
I think this can be especially dangerous to more mature Christians. We think we've got things under control, that we're strong in the Lord, and guards can be let down. Maybe there is a temptation to slack off on reading in the Word (after all, how many times have we read it already?) or praying, unless we really need something. I know when my back went out a month or so ago, it was a lot harder to read lying down. When in pain, prayers can be cut short quite easily. It is possible to give in to discouragement. I could kneel down ok though and decided it was a better position anyway, as per my earlier post.
Letting up on any of the full armor of God leaves us open to Satan's opportune time for attack. And, yes, that massage therapist did a terrific job. I feel like things are improving.