Manspeak


A CALL TO ARMS!!! PT. 1 by Caleb H.
January 12, 2009, 7:13 am
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by Caleb Hancock

It’s the middle of the night and you are asleep in a small country-village home with your family. All of a sudden, you hear the sounds: the clinks of metal, the stretching of leather, the panting of man and beast, and the thunderous rumble of a horse in mid-flight clattering down the cobble-stoned streets of the town. Your heart is immediately alarmed, your stomach clenches, and before you even hear the deep bass of the crier, you know it’s coming…”TO ARMS!”

You, along with your teenaged sons and all the other red-blooded men within earshot of the crier, begin to prepare yourself and your fellow man for battle. But imagine that you go to the hearth, only to see that your musket is gone! You go and check the chest in the great-room, and realize that, there too, the weapons are no where to be found. Your eldest son then reminds you of the old sword in your closet. Your retrieve it and find that it is rusted tight in it’s scabbard. You look up in desperation, a mixture of embarrassment and fear evident on your face. You are not prepared!

This analogy, even though set in a distant time to our own, helps us to realize the need that we have to arm ourselves. As Christian men, if we are not prepared for the battles that will come, we risk damage to ourselves and others, as well as an impotency to fight against the enemy.

Men, scripture says that trials and sufferings WILL come to all who follow Christ.

John 15:20a

Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.

1 Peter 4:12

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

While these trials might not reveal themselves in the call to arms as alluded to above, it will most definitely include battles against Satan and our flesh. Pride, self-righteousness, laziness, despair and the like. So men, how do we prepare for battle?

We must take up the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Only as we prepare our hearts and minds through the intentional and disciplined practice of memorizing scripture will we find that we are prepared for the trials that come unexpectedly, to fight the lies and deception of temptations and sinful inclinations with the truth of God’s word.

Men, this is a call to arms. Don’t try to kill yourself by trying to start out memorizing the book of Romans, but start with a verse, write it on a slip of paper and keep it in your pocket, reciting it and praying about it and thinking about it as you walk to class, drive to work, or read your Bible in the morning.

You will find an increased joy in God’s Word, increased faith in God’s promises, and you will have a sure (and the only offensive weapon listed in Ephesians 6!) weapon against the flesh and Satan’s temptations.

Men, let’s hear the call to prepare for trials, so that when (not if) they come, we can honor God by remembering His promises and works on our behalf and stand strong even in the most heated battle!

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