Friday, February 6, 2009

Chinks in My Armor



I was having coffee, about a year ago, with my friend and mentor Bernard. We were sharing the highs and lows of life. Thankfully our conversations always lead to the lows. I know that sounds depressing but there is great value in sharing the hard parts of life. This particular morning we were discussing the spiritual battle we are in.
Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."

Understanding that we, as Christians, are going to war day in and day out gives weight to every step we take. In fact, it is wise for Satan to disguise this truth. With this shift in perspective everything we do has greater urgency and importance. Instead of dreaming up ways to minister we develop strategies for War. Instead of scheduling our day we lay out Battle plans. This is the way of life for a Mighty Man of God. I am getting all jacked up just writing about it!!

If we are heading to war there are some checks and balances that we must administer. This particular day Bernard and I talked about the "chinks in our armor". A chink in the armor is a point of weakness, an area of vulnerability that the enemy can target and attack. If one weakness is exposed and exploited in can change the course of the battle.

As men of God we must step back and take a hard look at ourselves. It is easy to see the chinks in our neighbors armor yet incredibly difficult to see our own. This is because we don't want to recognize our own weaknesses. Pride thwarts this check and balance more often than not.

For the next week or so I examined my life. The obvious weaknesses surfaced immediately: lust of the eyes, pride, thought life, etc. But I am aware of these issues. The enemy is sly, he uses those areas to distract us so that he can work subtly and without detection. I knew there had to be more. With much prayer and contemplation I discovered my chink. Honestly, I did not like what I uncovered. The chink in my armor is self glorification, the desire to build myself up. The scary thing is that I can use God's ministry to do this.

Since then I have began a campaign in my own life to fortify this chink in my armor. I am making some strides but it is still a battle. I am learning. One of my stategies of war is to pass on the lessons I am learning to others. Today I want to ask you, "What are the chinks in your armor?"

2 comments:

  1. You nailed this! I am preparing some material for a retreat on this very theme. I would like to quote you, with your permission.

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  2. It's improper calling them chinks in this day and age, they prefer Chinese or Chinese-Americans. And if there is a Chinaman who has indeed stolen your armor and is wearing it, there may be no other way to remove him but to use force but please, say Chinaman or Chinese-American next time. Thank you!

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