Monday, June 1, 2009

Toy Soldiers

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Ephesians 6:10

You’re entering a war zone when visiting the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum. The largest display of toy soldiers in the world is arranged in dramatic scenes to tell the history of war in miniature.
Twenty different world battles from ancient Egypt to World War II are refought using detailed, individually-sculpted figures. It reminds us that the history of the world has repeatedly been determined by wars and their outcomes.
We’re also entering a war zone when we begin the Christian life, but we aren’t toy soldiers and our battles aren’t miniaturized. According to Scripture, we struggle “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
We’re to be fully aware that temptation is lurking behind every bush, demons are opposing our every step, and our “flesh” is continually making treasonous overtures trying to undercut our spiritual progress. We’re more apt to be victorious when we realize we’re at war.

Our temptations can be turned into stepping stones leading to nobility of character. By divine grace, all of us can be victors.
Herbert Lockyer

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