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Spiritual Battlefield

Author: Chaplain, COL Scott McChrystal, USA (Ret.)

Virginia Guard chaplain support teams support military personnel in Louisiana. Photo by Coast Guard is licensed under CC By 2.0

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:11)

In combat, no smart soldier fails to utilize all available protection. The modern battlefield is too lethal to do otherwise. One of the pluses coming out of the global war on terrorism is the large number of U.S. forces who are surviving potentially lethal blows by enemy fire, mortars and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) because of the protective equipment they utilize. Amazingly, many soldiers have even survived sniper rounds to the head because of the outstanding protective capabilities of their helmets.

The spiritual battlefield is no different. We face a deadly enemy whose aim is to steal, kill and destroy. His name is Satan. But the Lord assures us that we can stand against the devil’s schemes — if we put on the whole armor of God. But note one important fact on both battlefields, physical and spiritual: Soldiers must wear the armor. It is useless if not worn. Are you wearing the full armor of God? If not, put it on!

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