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What’s In Your Arsenal?
Arsenal is an underused word in the English language today and, being English, when I hear the word arsenal, I immediately think of Arsenal Football (soccer) Club.
I imagine many people have no idea why Arsenal FC is called that, but to cut a long story short, some men who worked in Woolwich Arsenal in South East London in 1886 formed a football team and named it after the place they worked.
So what is an arsenal?
An arsenal is simply a place where weapons are made or stored. We use terms like ‘nuclear arsenal’ to describe the collective nuclear weapons stockpile of a country. An arsenal can also be a weapon factory. These days word like armory might be used in the place of arsenal, but it means the same thing.
As Christians, many of us shy away from the idea of owning weapons. In fact many Christians classify themselves as pacifists who don’t believe in using weapons, but the fact is that the Bible tells us that God gives us weapons to use which are very real and very effective.
Take, for instance, the famous passage in Ephesians 6
… Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The word of God is described as a SWORD. So, we have at least one weapon in our arsenal, a sword.
Of course, you can argue that you’re not going to chop someone’s arm off with a sword which is the word of God, neither could you run them through and kill them with it – but that’s precisely the point.
You see, you have to look a few verses earlier, to verse twelve to find the answer here,
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.
Even we as Christians who have faith in an unseen God forget or maybe fail to grasp that there is a very real war going on between the unseen forces of good and evil.
We forget that we are being attacked by ‘demons’ who are VERY real and though we can’t see them, we can inflict injury on them or be injured by them.
We forget that when we wield our ‘swords’, the word of God, it has a real, physical impact of the spiritual forces that are attacking us.
I don’t see how any Christian can think of themselves as a pacifist and then go out swinging weapons at Satan and his evil crowd.
We are in a war, people. A war which we will win if we remain on God’s side, but nevertheless a war which requires us to open up our arsenal on a daily basis and pull out the armor and weapons we need to fight the forces which are arrayed against us.
Do you dip into your spiritual arsenal? Or do you go around unprotected and unable to strike back?