"The day was pleasant, the fall air crisp, despite the brightness of the sun in a cloudless sky. The view into the valley where the village was nestled among the hills was indeed picturesque.
If it wasn’t for the clash of steel upon steel, one could almost convince oneself that all was right in the world.
Yet around the village and even in the midst of certain parts of it, a fierce battle was raging. Some of the villagers walked around in hushed silence, while others went merrily about, oblivious to the battle being fought. Even some knights in full armor walked around aimlessly, unaware of the battle, while others rushed towards the front lines of the skirmish.

Such a knight was Altimus. With sword and shield at the ready he rushed towards the fray. Arriving at the scene of the fight, he saw a small force of knights gallantly fighting their dark opponents. He gauged the battle and selected a point where the attack was fiercest and their lines woefully thin.

He quickly found himself up against two warriors with a third holding several helpless villagers captive.
With a bold battle cry, he engaged. One by one, his opponents fell to his sword of justice. With temporal victory secured he quickly freed the captives. They looked up at him with overwhelming gratitude and in speechless awe of their freedom from their ruthless captors. Altimus hurriedly directed the dazed villagers toward safety. Providing cover as he led them, his heart soared at the prospect of several more captives free from the dark warriors.

Hearing the deadly whistle of several approaching arrows, he spun about with his shield leading the way. The arrows splintered against the impenetrable metal surface, but it threw Altimus off balance. Three more arrows whizzed his way, he took one with the shield, sliced one in two, and narrowly dodged the other. Five warriors rushed him as several more archers pulled back their arrows. Disheartened, Altimus took a few steps back. 'Why? Why me? My King, I am doing what You have called me to do. I am setting captives free from the darkness they are held captive in. Why am I about to be so heavily attacked?'

Exhaustion washing over him, he lowered his sword, asking himself if it was worth the effort to keep fighting…"

Warriors Charging in Battle

Welcome again my fellow warriors!

(If surprised by this salutation, I encourage you to go and read an earlier article published on here - You Are A Warrior)

I’ll be honest and upfront with you all, I have often felt like our friend Altimus in the story above.
It seems like those of us who are on the front lines of the spiritual war get hammered the most. When you consider that statement, it totally makes sense. If you are in the front lines, you can expect to bear the brunt of the attack.

Yet, how often do I find myself surprised and asking the question - I am serving the Lord and am right where I need to be, so why are things so rough?

It really goes back to the misconceptions we too often tend to view the Christian life from. The Christian life is not an easy road. In God's Word, we are promised tribulation, trials, suffering, pain, hatred from the world and even the possibility of being martyred for our faith. (James 1:2, 1 Peter 1:6, John 15:18-19, 16:2)

The Christian life is hard! That is the plain and simple truth. Now don't get me wrong, the Christian life may be hard, but it also filled with the peace, love and joy of Christ as well. Those realties still doesn't negate the difficulty of the Christian life though.

Yet, do not let that discourage you! By no means has Christ left us on our own in this fight! God has given us the Holy Spirit, the Helper Jesus promised while He was still on this earth. (John 14:16-17)
We have been given the impenetrable armor of God and the power of prayer.
We have been called to fight in God's power and not in our own.
We have truly been give everything we need for this war. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Will it be easy? Most certainly not. Anything worth doing is hard, just look at life and you will know this. (1 Corinthians 16:13)

Expect attack. If you are serving the Lord and passionately following Him, you are a target.
I don’t say this to drive fear into your heart. Not at all! As believers we don’t have to fear the enemy, yet we should be wary and watchful as Scripture commands us to be. (1 Peter 5:8, 1 John 4:4)

We are in a war and those who are making an eternal impact for the Kingdom of Christ will be brought under fire.

So stand strong brothers and sisters! Stand strong in the Lord and in His mighty power!
We are waging a war that affects the eternal destinies of men, women and children. That is a incomprehensible long time to impact!
So expect the enemy to throw every type of opposition and attack to keep you from forging ahead in being the ambassador of Christ you are called to be. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Stand strong, stand faithful, stand bravely in the power of the Lord, for Christ and His glory! (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)

Knight in Armor

"Exhaustion washing over him, he lowered his sword, asking himself if it was worth the effort to keep fighting.

He glanced behind him and saw the fading figures of the ones who had been freed from their captivity, remembering the looks of joy and peace that had flooded them the moment of their rescue.
He looked back and past the warriors who were advancing toward him.
Many more were imprisoned behind their ranks. He could almost imagine the fear and terror etched in the faces of the ones who were not yet freed.

Looking down at his armor, he remembered whose armor it was, it was the King’s armor. He thought about the battles he had won, they had always been won in the King’s power, not his own.

'My King, give me strength.' Altimus slowly rose to his full height, eyes locked in on the battle before him. Not waiting for the warriors to reach him, he charged, confident that the Almighty King he fought for was stronger than any force of evil up against him."

"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." - 1 Timothy 6:12