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The Courageous Christian Knight
By Joel B.
As Christians it is our call of duty to be fully armored knights prepped for battle. Why you may ask? Well, the truth is because we have to fight dragons. Does this sound silly to you? Not to us. You see, you’re battling a dragon too whether you realize it or not. In fact, in Rev 12:9 we’re told that this dragon is called the devil, or Satan. However, despite sounding scary to some, we Christians know how to put this dragon in his place.
In Eph 6:11-20 we are told to put on seven unique pieces of armor. This isn’t just any armor, but the finest armor you could ever hope for. So fine that is impenetrable by any attack that the dragon can muster. He then has no choice but to flee. These pieces are the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shod feet ready to move with the Gospel, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the Sword of the Spirit, and prayer.
Of course the Christian knight has other responsibilities as well. One of these responsibilities is studying. This is because nobody starts out as a fully trained knight. Even a lifetime will not be enough to learn all the ins-and-outs of knighthood. Studying also helps us raise up other Christians into the ranks of knighthood. Finally, as 2 Tim 2:15 tells us, studying helps us discern truth and show ourselves approved with God.
Now the dragon is full of tricks and he will often seek out those who he knows aren’t wearing the “full” armor or even no armor at all. He will put questions in their mind that may seem unanswerable. In Matthew 4, our King, Jesus Christ gave us three words that make the dragon cringe and scurry. They are, “It is written”. When someone has a question that demands an answer, we need to show courage and be ready to give them one. 1 Peter 3:15 even demands that we be ready to give an answer for the hope we have.
It is thought that dragons breathe fire, but what is more substantial is that God breathes His Word. In fact, 2 Tim 3:16 makes this exact point about God’s Word and goes on to tell us some of the many ways in which it can be used. In addition to this, we Christian knights need to be courageous. Psa 31:24 tells us if we have courage our Lord will strengthen our hearts, and as we all know it takes courage for knights to have to fight dragons.