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TITLE: Prologue: At The Front- Anatomy Of Temptation
By Michael Metz

This will provide the setting for future episodes.
"At The Front – Anatomy Of Temptation is reality TV in print. It was Aug 14, 09, when I was finishing my business for the day (writing – of course) when the Lord dropped an idea in my lap. I say this because on my mind was nothing but going to sleep. I wasn't looking for an idea, I wasn't pondering any new ideas for a story. The idea – describe an episode of temptation as it is happening.

While I suddenly found myself in the position of main character, I believe the point the Lord wants is to make is having this written so anyone can relate to the subject at hand. For this reason there is not the usual description of the main character.

What I will say is the title, "At The Front" relates to the frontlines of a battlefield. That is what we, as believers in Jesus Christ, are engaged in when temptation comes upon us.

(I'm dealing with it right now; picture any war movie where the hero is moving towards the target – maybe flying a plane, or driving a jeep – surrounded by enemy fire. But their so fixed on their target they don't seem to notice the incoming rounds. I'm fixed on getting this piece done and the enemy knows I'll be going on the internet to post it; so he's gnawing away at my conscience. Lord, let it be that the enemy will not have the satisfaction of any flavor of victory. In Jesus name.)

So what's the ost logical role for the main character to play – news correspondent, of course! So in true fashion of such a role the episodes will illustrate temptation as they happen – reality TV in print. My purpose is clear. Expose the enemies methods, share God's authority given to us as believers, and hopefully release some POW's (fellow believers caught in bondage).

I will be using the GI Army Field Manual (GI = God Issued; Manual = Bible) of the New American Standard Bible version, 1995. I'm contemplating using the feedback I receive from fellow solders (that's you) as Field Reports. Anonymity will be top priority least the enemy make any connections. Those wishing to contribute a "Field Report" can indicate with "TS" (Top Secret) followed by what you wish to give as input for the next episode.

Since we are focused on military terms, let me take a moment to address those readers who have not come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. The Bible contains many instructions to help us and enable us in our defense against the enemy (satan and his demons). Probably the most common reference is the book of Ephesians, Chapter 6, verses 10-18; referring to the armor of God.

The instruction here tell us our battle (those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior from Hell) is not against flesh and blood, but against forces of evil (this is a paraphrase). An inventory of the armor shows we have available to us a "belt" of truth. Not a literal belt, but that acting on God's truths serves as a belt to restrain us from drifting away. After all, the devil is called the father of lies (John 8:44)

To understand this one has to know that the armor of Roman soldiers was being metaphorically used to illustrate these intangible pieces of armor. Upon the belt other pieces of armor were dependent.

Upon the "belt" rests a "breastplate" of righteousness. Not the kind of righteousness that says, "I'm better than you now that I'm saved." May it never be! It is only through the righteousness of Jesus Christ that we become right with the Heavenly Father. For through this righteousness we have His protection (1 Peter 1:5)

A third piece of the armor is the "Helmet" of salvation. By way of salvation way have a new way of thinking and a need to protect the way we think and protect what enters our minds; after all we've been made new (Romans 12:1,2 and 2 Corinthians 10:5).

No soldier is fit without "shoes". These are shoes of preparation that allow us to carry the Gospel of peace (John 14:27 and 1 Peter 3:15) . We are given a "shield" of faith to quench the fiery "arrows" of the evil one. "Arrows" of doubt, despair, fear, discouragement, distraction, and many others (yes, a believer in Jesus Christ can experience these harsh emotions for a season – we're still human). Remember, satan is an expert sniper who knows us better than we know ourselves. One key to a sense of security of His protection can be found in the book of Ephesians 1:13,14.

We are not without a weapon. The "sword" of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Now, numerous things must be addressed about this. Let me simplify by saying this; take a modern day weapon of war: bazooka, tank, M-60 machine gun, no instruction, no training. How effective do you think you are at using the weapon to it's fullest capability? (Isaiah 59:1,2 and 2 Timothy 2:15)

We finish the inventory with prayer; James 5;16 says it all. This is the oil that keeps the armor functioning and keeps it from corroding.

There is much more about warring and battling to support a war correspondent format. The enemy we fight is relentless. I think of the Orcs, the Uraki, the Trolls, in the "Lord of the Rings" and I get a good picture of a relentless enemy. One problem. From my observation, most Christians don't know a thing about being relentless in fighting the enemy. You want to say the Bible doesn't support the followers of Jesus being relentless, or maybe it sound too aggressive. How about persistent? There's Biblical support for that; but again, I say the average Christian knows little of being persistent. Which is why, as Christians< we have so little authority over the enemy. The tide must turn.

Let me close by saying thank you to "FaithWriters.com" for this format. The feedback/critique response on this site is what I believe will help this novel, in this format, be successful.

Let the war unfold…
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