The next step in survival is to gather your equipment. Later on in other chapters we will talk about some of the non-conventional weapons that God uses to fight this war, but make no mistake about it this is war.
It’s not so important for you to learn how to win this war, because God is your commander in chief. In fact if you read your Bible you will learn that the battle is already won. I Samuel 17:47 says, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
All throughout the Old Testament whenever God sent anyone to war those people always won. The very critical lesson you must learn for your own survival is God Always Wins. Exclamation point. Exclamation point. Exclamation point.
Still, you need to be properly fitted and armed for battle. First and foremost you need your Bible. “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17. Once you have your primary weapon then you can put on the rest of your uniform.
Ephesians 6: 10-18 says:”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 saints.”
Every solider needs supplies. Wouldn’t it be better to use the supplies of the one true God? Weapons which were formed in the heavenly realms? Because you are not fighting a conventional war with conventional enemies you can’t use a gun or a knife or any other weapon. You will only win this war if you take a step behind God and take up what He gives you.
What are your supplies? Well let’s break it down. The belt of truth. What does a belt do? Webster’s dictionary defines a belt as, “a band, as of leather or cloth, worn around the waist to support garments, secure tools or weapons…” A belt of truth will support your garment of praise, (Isaiah 61:3). You can only truly praise God in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24).
The breastplate of righteousness is what your next purchase. A breastplate covers your heart and protects the most vulnerable part of you. Righteousness is what is morally right, and you get that from God. (Romans 3:22). So if you get your morals from God then your heart will be covered and you won’t need that icky heart of stone spoken about in the previous chapter.
You need a good pair of shoes if you are going to be moving around a lot. And believe me, now that you are getting back on track to survival, you are going to be moving. So you have your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Isaiah 52:7
Then you take up the shield of faith. The shield will protect you from the firey darts of the enemy. Faith is a confident belief. Hebrews 11:1 says, “faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.” So even though you might not see the enemy’s darts know that your shield will deflect them.
In order to protect your mind you put on the ‘helmet of salvation.’ A helmet protects the head. Then finally you take up the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. This is your most important piece of equipment.
Most survivors just want to take their scratchy woolen blankets and curl up on a cot somewhere and lick their wounds. Christians can’t do that. Just when you think you’ve got a second to take a breath another wave of attacks will come. You’ve got to be well armed and you’ve got to stand firm. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1. (KJV) Whenever I read this verse I always get a mental picture of a little guy in an ill-fitting uniform, one that is too big, kind of like the one David wore when he went up against Goliath. This little guy is standing on top of a small hill and holding his Bible aloft and the shadow of a golden glowing sword is rising up out of it with the rays of light reaching towards the sky. There is a caption underneath him that says, “Stand Fast Baby.”
That’s what you are doing, is standing fast. You are a survivor. You are a remnant. When you are a remnant you have to be very careful about your supplies because they are going to be easily lost or misplaced. Instead of always knowing where your towel is, perhaps you should make it a point to always know where your supplies are.
Webster’s Dictionary describes a remnant as : a usually small part, member, or trace remaining or: a small surviving group — often used in plural. This is when it is used as a noun. Whenever remnant is used as an adjective, it means ‘still remaining.’
Still remaining. There is a song by pop star Elton John, who also happens to be a gay man, the lyrics in that song say, “I’m still standing.” That is what your are going to be after you have gone through the trails you are going through. At the end you are going to raise your fists victory and shout to the Lord.
Journalist and one-time disc jockey and stand-up comedian Stacy Reynolds began writing at an early age and is the author of the thriller The Sound of Silence. She graduated from Southwest Texas State with a degree in English and journalism and settled in Austin, Texas.