We must not be in a stupor nor give in to our human frailty of growing tired quickly when confrontation is the call of the day. We do not match ugly rhetoric, nor get drawn into tit for tat arguments that only lead to heated shouting and relentless frustration. It will be necessary for steadfastness to truth and focused responses that do not compromise but remain compassionate. Our firm tone must originate from humble hearts and minds.
Our message should be clear, concise and deliberate: not spin or self-righteous defenses are necessary. If we speak the truth in love, bow to no unholy politically correct idol of man's creation, we will have heaven's defense that will ultimately break the chains that are choking the very life out of our world.
We must recognize the true enemy and not be led into needless skirmishes that suck our strength and render us defeated. Our fellow human beings who spew false accusations and irrational arguments are not the ones at war with us. Our enemy is the same one who taunted our ancient ancestors Adam and Eve with questions steeped in envy, pride, and falsehood. He is the one who makes irrational puppets of those he lures into his mindset. He tricks them into believing htey alone are the masters of their own creation...gods, if you will.
The only way to defeat this true enemy, the devil, known also as 'the father of lies' and 'the accuser of the brethren' is with the truth and wisdom of God's Word and His supernatural weapons of warfare. It is not enough to be schooled in the Bible: we must live from the Bible. Our eyes and ears must be sharp to discern the presence of the real enemy from decoys and pretenders. Our mouths must be trained what to speak and when to speak. If we will pray in private, we will know what to speak in public.
Next, it is significant to know what our position is and how to hold it. Our fist position is made privately: it may be prone, bowed, or prostate...to our Father God. We will be dressed in the humility of a broken and contrite spirit, lifting our hearts in prayer and praise to the Only One who deserves glory. Our public position, however, is a standing one, dressed from head to toe in spiritual armor, wielding the supernatural weapons God has provided in the training room of His presence.
We are ready to face our enemy when our internal soul is surrounded by the belt of truth. We cannot dress in any righteousness, no matter how good it looks, other than the robe of righteousness God provides. It is the only garment He will recognize. It is precious because of what it cost Him to botain it for us through His beloved Son's death on the cross.
Further, we are ready to go into the public arena when we are well-soled in the gospel shoes of peace that never wear out. The bring 'good news' wherever our feet go. The shiled we carry to defeat every inflammatory lie, each intimidating accusation, and all cleverly designed arguments is victory prone and fail-proof; it is our faith.