We were suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the enemy. The following day tens of thousands of men enlisted in the military to defend our country.
Upon enlisting, they were NOT given a rifle and sent into the theaters of war. They went through basic training, then subsequent training in specific fields of tactics.
A man of God is no different today. We are deliberately attacked by the Enemy – Satan – and we need to defend ourselves and our families.
We must enlist in the fight. But it isn’t enough to just enlist. We have to go through basic training and we have to continue to train and drill if we hope to win this war.
If you are at the enlistment stage, you are at a very dangerous stage of the war. NOW is when the Enemy needs to do everything he can to defeat you – while you are still un – or under – trained.
Recently a group of men from my church went on a retreat. I told them that as they leave for this retreat – some of them may not understand exactly why they are going. Some of them even may not want to go. That is the enemy attacking them– trying to get them to back out, to give up. And do you know why he’s doing this?
Because he’s afraid of them. And well he should be.
For these men are about to embark upon a Great Crusade. The eyes of their families and, indeed, the eyes of their country are upon them. The hopes and prayers of God-loving people everywhere march with them. In company with a band of brothers, they will begin their training to bring about the destruction of Satan’s war machine and the elimination of Satan’s tyranny over the oppressed peoples of the world.
This is the beginning stages. I encouraged them to, as they return from the retreat, to join forces with other men at our church to take what they have learned. They can help enlist more men for the war.
I have full confidence in their courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.