Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.–Eph. 6:11
Tom Clancy wrote a book called,”Battle Ready”. I have no idea what the book is about, but the title addresses a need in every Christian’s life. We are smack-dab in the middle of a conflict, and it’s not going to end as long as we are on the earth. We can’t stop it and we can’t escape it— but we can endure. If we are wise we will prepare for it, or as Clancy put it be “Battle ready”. As someone said,”If we fail to plan for the future we are planning to fail in the future”. Preparation is the key.
The problem is that most people are unaware, unprepared, uncommitted, unwilling, and/or unconcerned. That’s why they end up a causality. Sadly some of them never realize that they are in a conflict or that they have been conquered by the enemy. They live and die without having ever known that they failed miserably. True success is is discovering and doing God’s will, finding and fulfilling His plan for your life. But that’s not the end result of life for the average person, and that is tragic!
Until a person becomes a child of God it is impossible for him to be successful. Although he might occasionally do things that are in keeping with the precepts and principals of God’s Word, that’s not the norm. Nor is it his motive to obey and glorify God. So the road to successful living must begin with the new birth. We become a child of God then a disciple of Christ. And that’s where the road gets rough and the fight fierce! While salvation doesn’t cost us anything, discipleship costs everything. We must be willing to forsake all to follow Him. The good news is that He has provided everything we need for victory. As we put on the whole armor of God we are enabled to stand, fight , and win. Are you battle ready?