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Call to Arms

The goal of “Call to Arms” is to equip men in their role as spiritual leaders and protectors in their homes, church, and community.  It is no secret to some, but the world system sometimes shows up in our church.  People who are honest will admit the world system is in many homes.  And isn’t it easy to see the dysfunction in government, social media, families, entertainment, etc.?  We need to turn to God and not Government or men.  We need men to take their unique God-given role in our “Christian Nation” and equip themselves for spiritual warfare.

The key is to consider where we find truth. (Psalm 118:8 WEB) [It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Years ago I attended a seminar for “Man in the Mirror” started by Pat Morley.  The leadership of my church, at my suggestion, has asked that we restart the Men’s Ministry.  I continue to emphasize the “Man in the Mirror” ministries which I believe is based on the best model for Men’s Ministry, successfully seeks to include ALL men in its ministry, and has self-supporting “Area Directors” as a resource.  I’ve also been asked to come up with a new name for the Men’s Ministry.

The name I was looking for needed to reinforce my goal of strengthening men in their roles as Husbands and Fathers as the shepherds to their home.  Recently in reading Isaiah 59 I saw where God used His own arm (analogous to Jesus I believe) to provide salvation when “no just man” could be found.  

(Isaiah 59:16-17 WEB) 16And he saw that [there was] no man, and wondered that [there was] no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation to him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. 17For he put on righteousness as a breast-plate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.

God not only looked for a just man, but a man that could intercede for mankind.  He also asked for a man of righteousness who had a coat of zeal.  And with the advantage of hindsight, we know that it was Jesus that Isaiah’s prophecy was referring to and that He had zeal, so much that he gave His life for us.

The passage in Isaiah also refers to two parts of the Christian armor spelled out in Ephesians 6.  I then thought of the phrase “A Call to Arms (Putting on God’s Armor)“.  I’m referring to the weapons and armor outlined in Ephesians 6 that are used specifically for spiritual warfare.  

The full context of what I was writing about is in (Ephesians 6:1-18 WEB).

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 5 Servants, be obedient to them that are [your] masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as to Christ; 6 Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8 Knowing that whatever good thing any man doeth, the same will he receive from the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free. 9 And, ye masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

There’s every relationship that a man can have in this life.  Honoring our parents and our wife’s parents.  Respecting our children as they grow into adults.  Respecting those over us and those under us in our vocation.  And in all things having the strength and direction to be God’s man in this life.  

 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

It’s vital that we recognize there’s an enemy of all we hold dear.  The world would have us fix our eyes on what’s on this earth and distract from what is even more real.

13Wherefore take to you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which ye will be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching for this purpose with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Before I list the key points of God’s armor I must point out verses 12 & 18.  If we presume to put on the armor of God without prayer we will find that we have no armor at all.  We must pray to God and receive His Spirit to know that we can be successful.  I’m not speaking of miraculous gifts, but being in an intimate relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.

 How to use the armor of God

So if we dig into the meanings of the different pieces of armor can we find what a Christian man should be about.  So I will generate my next series of posts on this topic all with the keyword warfare.

  1. our struggle is against spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places
  2. having girded your loins with truth
  3. having put on the breastplate of righteousness
  4. your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace
  5. the shield of faith 
  6. the helmet of salvation
  7. sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
  8. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit

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