by: Phillip & Kara Mathis
Like so many of you that have the privilege of living in the south, we know that these "privileges" also come with setbacks. Our setback tonight............the biggest, most ugly beast you have ever encountered. It is fast, sleek, aerodynamic, and an all out terror. It is the horsefly! It was like a stealth bomber flying about the room and landing at a moments notice. Well, let's just say on Kara's face!
Those of you that are not from the south might not realize the magnitude of this situation. So, let us enlighten you....horseflies bite.....and it hurts. To avoid the bite of the horsefly you must immediately jump up, begin screaming, and start flailing your arms and legs at the same time(well, that's how Kara does it anyway). In my heroic effort to save my beautiful damsel in distress who is obviously under attack, I grab the obvious weapon of choice...........a hairbrush.......... and my damsel in distress who is not going to go down without a fight also grabs her weapon of choice, which is also the closest thing at hand.....a pillow.
Now here we are, ready for battle, I with my hairbrush and Kara with her pillow. This horsefly doesn't stand a chance!
Our hilarious dilemma made me think of how we so often go to battle spiritually.....unprepared. I couldn't help but think of the Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV):
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
When you are going to battle with Satan, you must have weapons! It's been said we can't go to a gun fight with a water pistol. But spiritually, that's exactly what we do. The good news is we have access to two of the greatest weapons we need.
Weapon #1: The Holy Spirit (John 16:13a NKJV)
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth"
Weapon #2: The Bible (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV)
"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
We CAN be better prepared each and every day to face the battles of life. How many times do we face a lost friend who asks questions that we can't answer? How many times have we fallen to the pressures of life? Temptations? Why? Because we don't know the word. We are not prepared for battle. We don't have God's Word, "hidden in our heart so that we may not sin against thee.". Shame on me....us!
As far as the next horsefly we face: no doubt, it doesn't stand a chance!