Throughout human history, mankind has always had a fascination with feats of great strength through competition. We see evidence of this in our own lives as well. Boxing, fencing and martial arts have always captivated audiences the world over watching two people struggle for dominance. However, these gladiators of the 21st century did not acquire their ability simply overnight or by sitting idly by; they trained, they applied, and they pushed their physical bodies to the limit.
This fight that we get in the minute we arise from accepting Christ is not an easy one. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Brothers and sisters, we need to be constantly armed and ready to face attack. Being ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. The powers of the world and Hell are against us, yet be defend ourselves with a butterknife's equivalent of God's Word! What good would the fencer be if he could attack but not defend (or vice versa.) Know that the great warriors of the Old Testament trained rigorously until their sword no longer became a tool, but a further extension of their arm. So should we be so trained with our spiritual swords, we must make it a pattern of our speech, our actions, and embed it into our very being.
The best fighters know that the best way to attack is to be able to counterstrike or parry an enemy's blow to catch them off-guard. Often, the Christian is a fierce attacker, a stout defender, but weak on the most important balance of the two. Counterstriking is a technique of true mastery of combat, one must completely understand how their weapon works. Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. We should be able to counter the false teachings of the world and lead them to Christ.
We face much opposition in today's world. Satan's army has been trained well (you could almost say that they were born into it.) Brothers and sisters, let's reforge our spiritual swords and go out to face the enemy in confidence! Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight