I have shared before that I am working through the Henry Blackaby’s Bible Study, Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God. My small group recently completed Unit 9, which is on obeying God, and watched the video. One important point from the video that I have been pondering is this:
The greatest single way you can engage in spiritual warfare is to obey whatever God tells you to do.”
I have been writing a lot about spiritual warfare because I am smack dab in the middle of a firestorm of it. When I think about how I need to react to spiritual warfare, I think about putting on the armor of God, which involves several steps, such as picking up my shield of faith and putting on the helmet of salvation. When I’m under heavy spiritual fire, I cannot always remember each individual piece because I am distracted by the enemy’s flaming arrows.
I love the simplicity of this advice from Blackaby because I don’t need to remember multiple things. I only need to remember one: do what God says to do. Encompassed in that one command is all of the individual pieces, such as putting on the helmet of salvation (aligning my thoughts with God’s thoughts) and picking up the shield of faith (remembering that God was faithful before and believing that He will be faithful again). It also encompasses other commands that lead me to put on the armor of God, such as to rejoice, pray, and give thanks.
One reason that soldiers run drills is to automate their reaction when under fire. They don’t have the luxury of time to think about doing X, Y, and Z as bullets are whizzing by their heads and bombs are going off around them. In the heat of battle, they need to know what their role is without having to stop and think about it. That’s what we need to do as well as Christians – we need to prepare for spiritual attack before it happens so we do what we need to do without having to think about it. I find it helpful to have to remember only one marching order: obey God.
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cover of Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God Courtesy Amazon.]