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Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)
TITLE: Who is fighting your battles?
By Sandra Smith
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Emotional maturity and training are necessary for this combat situation because our reactions under distress must be deliberate and safe so as to protect ourselves and those we are assisting. Dangerous conditions would be made far worse if we over reacted or froze in a state of panic.
Then there is the necessity of following leadership. Imagine a fire-fighter who moves forward and then after being told how to advance and where the victims are ... heads in the opposite direction! Part of the training is to teach recruits the importance of team work and leadership. When directions are not followed, there is chaos.
The spiritual analogy gradually becomes clear as the fog is wiped off of the window and we see striking parallels in the relationship that those in Christ have with God. The enemy (the Bible makes clear) is Satan... the great deceiver. The combat that we are involved in is equal to the battle of a raging inferno. We have an enemy (who if permitted) would swallow us up and demolish us.
One distinctive difference looms large. When fire-fighters enter a burning house, they enter with training behind them and a crew of team members both inside and outside. However... the commander of the fire team will never walk alongside the fighters as they step into smoke, potential breathing probems and difficulty seeing. The commander is most effective managing things from outside. Those who are in Christ have His assurance that He walks with them. They can be calm even when vision is blurred and the senses are assaulted on every level with multiple dangers. His strength and all knowing wisdom (not theirs) is going to see this battle won. So they know the outcome of the battle before they even start. Wow!!!!!
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