Friday: October 9, 2020
Reference: Luke 11:15-26
Luke 11:21, 22 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
In a fist fight, bare fists are used, but in a sword or gun fight, the description suggests the preference for weapons- swords and guns. Therefore, in any face-off, the first to effectively use their weapon or disarm their opponent gains a significant tactical and battle advantage.
We read about a strong man with weapons successfully guarding his house until a stronger man attacks, disarm him and takes over his berth. That word ‘disarm’ if of interest to us in this reflection. For the Christian, there are many weapons at our disposal: ‘prayer, praise, the word of God, and the Blood of Jesus, amongst many others. With these kind of weapons, even though we can not be disarmed, circumstances could cause these same weapons to’ appear’ out of reach.
Thus, while engaged in a battle, we may seem to have no weapons with which to engage. That is what the enemy does: if your prayer life can be interrupted and your praise suspended, if your worship can be halted and your study of the word reduced to zero,
you become an easy target as any other soldier heading into a battle without weapons. It should be no surprise then if the outcome is a significant battering.
So my dear, do not forget that you have weapons to engage and don’t drop them at any moment because this fight, is always ongoing.