1 Chronicles 12:8b
"They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear."
These warriors that went to fight with David were brave, strong, and ready. Though I wouldn't on first thought consider myself a "brave warrior," my second glace at this verse made me think. I am supposed to be fighting The Lord's battle against this world and our sinful nature. And I can't be brave and ready for battle unless I am "able to handle my shield and spear."
"Finally, be strong in The Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is The Word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."
To be a brave and ready warrior, I must learn how to depend on God's Word as a life-line. This is vital. With my shield of faith, (trusting that HE is LORD) and my sword of The Spirit, (His Word) I can be prepared to fight for His Glory so that others can know!
The Lord gives us times of peace so that He can build us up and train us to be His brave warriors, ready for battle. Are you ready?