When I was a young boy my family took a few summer vacations to a farm in Pennsylvania. One of the nearby attractions was the Delaware River where we would fish for small and large mouth bass, enjoy hours of boating and do lots of swimming. One year it was particularly dry as rainfall amounts were slim to none and the river’s level reached an all time low.
One afternoon my Dad and I met at the river bank and with his infectious grin asked me to accompany him across the span of water to the other side. Walking! “You must be kidding?” I asked. He wasn’t. He loved to explore and a few days before He found a large sand bar a few feet below the surface. That day a father and his young son, walking hand in hand, crossed the Delaware River.
Upon hearing of our adventure my Mom asked if we just had a Joshua moment (Josh. 3:15-16).
There was another Delaware crossing. The year was 1776 and General George Washington was leading his ragtag Continental Army to Trenton to confront 800 well trained and fully equipped German soldiers fighting for the British. It was a snowy Christmas Eve and these brave and freezing men, most without boots, their feet wrapped in burlap, crossed the river by boat and captured the entire outpost. This was the beginning of our freedom and independence and is part of our heritage that should never be forgotten.
We are fighting another war, this time for our independence and freedom from the ultimate conniver and cunning master of disguise, the Devil himself. It is a fight against evil and forever darkness.
Listen as Paul discusses the preparation for the confrontation,
“Put on the full armor of God
so you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
He goes on by giving us the weapons to use when that day arrives. Stand firm with the belt of truth, wear the breastplate of righteousness, have your feet fitted with readiness, take up the shield of faith, use the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, be alert and pray for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:14-18).
The password for the historical Continental Army was, “Victory” and the response, “Or Death.” The same can be said today as we battle daily against our eternal foe.
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