Basic Training

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:10-12 (NIV)

In my recent post, Father and Son, I shared some personal thoughts about my son’s journey at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. We spent the past few days in Texas with our son and watched with pride as he graduated from “trainee” to “Airman.” He earned the position of “honor graduate” and his flight was designated as an “honor flight.”

I’m almost sure he is now two inches taller–he stands so erect. I can hardly believe it, but he can now make his own bed, iron his own clothes, and wake up at 4 a.m. to began the day. He has new-found direction, impeccable manners, tight muscles, and a real-man’s haircut. Although extremely difficult, basic training was a life-changing experience for him.

As Christians, most of us need a Christian “boot camp.” We need to go back to “the basics” because we are fighting in a war against the devil and his army. We have become so “comfortable” and/or “lazy” in our Christian walk that we’ve lost sight of the battle along with all sense of urgency.

Prayer:  “Lord help us to have a new zeal for prayer, Bible reading, witnessing, and worship. Help us to get tough on the sin in our lives and to defeat it once and for all. Help us to do it all because of our allegience to You, our Great Commander, and because of our citizenship in Heaven! Amen.”

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