frrostedman wrote:Yes, but the context isn't military. He wants His children to "fight the good fight" as it were... with our bible, the Word of God, being our sword of truth. It's a spiritual battle being waged on a fallen Earth. The children of God arm ourselves with spiritual armor. The enemy arms itself with deceit, lies, manipulation, and treachery.
As sly as a snake, simple as a dove.
Oddly enough, while outside smoking and pondering soldiers of Christ, the phrase sword of truth
came to mind. It was my user name on some forum I used to frequent...So it's not like these ideas are totally lost on me.
"How can you defeat that which finds nourishment in your attack? How can you kill that which finds sanctuary in your blade? How can you hinder that which embraces the strategies against it?"
In my mind, the enemy is not a subset of people who don't believe as I do. The enemy is war itself. But war is upon us, you might say. Well, I don't think Christ needs anyone to put words into his mouth, trying to infer an intent behind the testaments. He died for our sins and didn't need our help to do so; nor does he need our help to fight the good fight.
If we can't conquer our inner demons, we are lost trying to vanquish the external ones. The good fight starts within. I believe everyone has their own internal "adversary" which is just part of how the human mind works. The kicker is that the internal adversary is at least as clever as you are which is what led me to quoting those questions above. The good fight starts with the internal adversary for if it cannot be subdued, then it is unlikely we could subdue any real external adversary.
You mentioned dreams that changed your life.. I've had a number of dreams of being in the Lord's navy, as it is referred to in my dreams. If I were to interpret my dreams literally, I am certainly being called to service (and finally accepted the call in one of them). But what that service entails is never spelled out in my dreams.