Vicar David's Message from the Sunday Bulletin
A soldier without his weapon is actually not a very good soldier at all. When his enemy comes to attack him he cannot defend himself and the enemy overtakes him.
A good soldier is well prepared. He has his weapon on him at all times. When the enemy attacks the good soldier can defend himself and fight back and defeat the enemy.
In our Epistle reading for today, Paul reminds the church that we must be good soldiers. We have enemies that seek to attack us; therefore, we must be well prepared. However, these enemies are not people on this earth. Rather our enemies are the devil and his evil forces. This enemy is even greater than people on earth. For this enemy does not just kill our bodies, but it can destroy our souls.
With such a great enemy, Paul reminds us that we must be good soldiers. We must have our weapons on us at all times. The weapons that Paul tells us to take up are not sword, spear, gun, grenades, etc… Instead Paul says to take up spiritual weapons. As good soldiers we put on a belt of truth, a breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the Gospel of peace, a shield of faith, a helmet of Salvation, and finally a sword of the Spirit. These weapons are given to us at our Baptism. Through faith in Jesus we now receive these weapons. With these weapons in hand we can defeat the devil and all of his evil forces.
This morning we take a look at being prepared for battle against the devil and his evil forces. As the Baptized children of God we take out our weapons of faith and stand firm in the confidence that we have in Christ Jesus.
May God richly bless you as we worship our Lord.