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LORD’S ARMY - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: spiritual battle, armor of God, Bible, prayer
SCRIPTURE: Eph.4:27, 6:10-20, Ps.23:4,34:9,
. John16:33, 17:13-19, 1Tim.6:9-12, Heb.13:6
Style: allegory/conversation: sergeant briefs
. his scared soldiers on how to fight
. a spiritual battle
Cast: DS (drill sergeant),
. a few SOLDIERS (at least 3)
(SOLDIERS huddle together in fear. DS walks up
with air of quiet confidence.)
DS Soldiers! Attention! - What's the matter now?
S 1 There was another shooting in a high school again.
S 2 And I’ve said it before, if you really love
. your children, you HAVE to hide them away
. and home-school them.
DS The objective of schooling is to educate
. your children in the 3 Rs.
. So you should really make that decision
. based on what’s best for your child’s education.
. It MAY be home schooling, but it may -
S 2 But we fear the random violence –
DS But you should not make that decision -
. or any other decision - based on fear.
. We are to fear no one and nothing.
. We are only to fear God.
S 1 That would work - especially if we all
. go live in the countryside.
DS Do you really think there isn’t any sin or crime
. out in the country?
S 3 So then – the end IS near.
. There is no escaping sin.
DS There is no escape, because you yourselves sin.
S 3 (said with dread) So the enemy is withIN us!
. We can’t even trust each other. Or ourselves!
DS That’s it. Fall in. Troops - listen up!
(SOLDIERS' bodies sag with hopelessness.)
DS Yes, there is a spiritual battle. But if you
. are Christians, then you are in the Lord’s army.
. And what does that mean?
S 1 That you’re going to teach us how to shoot?
SR 2 Ah, we should be brave enough to point out
. everyone’s sins?
DS Negative! It means: ONE, God has already won
. the battle and we are on the winning side.
. Which brings us to TWO: we should not live in fear,
. but be confident in the Lord.
. Which then brings us to THREE: we should not hide,
. but be a light to the world.
. That means - we are to be on the frontlines.
. The church is not a bomb shelter
. where we run to and hide. It is at times
. a hospital to treat wounds, and heal. But it is
. also a place of training to build skill and strength.
. And it is a rallying point where we can
. gain wisdom and learn strategies.
. All of this so we can go out to the frontlines
. and be brave, effective soldiers.
S 1 So if we’re not going to learn how to shoot,
. how are we supposed to fight?
DS So we can stand firm and be protected against
. Satan’s flaming missiles, God has given us
. the following armor: salvation; truth;
. righteousness; the gospel of peace; and faith.
S 2 Then - we are always just on the defense.
S 3 Oh! Are we going to learn the schemes 3
. of the devil and go after Satan?
. Will we be looking for battles
. and asking the angels to help us fight?
DS Negative! God and His angels will take care of that.
. The weapons God has given us are the following...
. The Bible: we need to study it, learn it, know it,
. and apply it. And prayer: be alert and pray
. in the Spirit - all the time - for yourselves
. and your fellow Christians.
S 1 So we fight the demons with scripture and prayer?
DS Only indirectly. We are to flee from
. temptation so as not to give Satan an opportunity.
. We resist the devil by submitting to God
. and THEN Satan will flee from you.
. Do NOT rely on your own strength.
. God wants us trusting in and looking ONLY to Him.
. When we use the Bible and pray –
. for ourselves and each other – that the gospel
. will be boldly portrayed – where ever we are –
. THAT is the most powerful offensive tactic.
S 1 Ah, witnessing can be very scary.
DS God is all-powerful, all-knowing and in control.
. God tells us to be bold and confident –
. doing everything in God’s strength and guidance.
. Can you get on board with this, troops?!
S 3 Aye-aye, sir! That’s totally do-able.
S 2 That’s not so scary at all.
DS All right then - about face - let’s move on out.
(DS marches out with the SOLDIERS following in line.)