I recently had a conversation with an army colonel in a barrack. Being an inquisitive fellow I had a lot of question for this huge fellow. I simply wanted to know too much. So talking to this huge colonel was flattering. One of my queries was what was the most important place or feature which they had to guard most in a battle field or even in the barracks. The colonel explained to me that the armoury was the most important place in the battle field. It had to be guarded and kept far away from the enemy as possible as this was their source of power. All the artillery and equipments and food were stored in the armoury. According to the colonel if the armoury was captured by enemy, there was no option but to surrender as this was the last stronghold or position which they held. They could no longer fight when the armoury was captured.
From the soldiers description I realised that there were things in my life that if I had and energy and the enemy gained foothold over them then I would be finished. The first responsibility for fighters is to guard the armoury and keep it safe and out of reach from the enemy as possible. This is because even when there is temporal defeat, if the armoury is still safe, the enemy will find it difficult to overpower them.
Armoury is still necessary in spirituality and Christians should identify their spiritual armoury and guard it with zeal. A good example is Samson in the bible who was a Nazirite chosen by go to deliver Israelites from the hands of philistines. Samson was a muscular, strong and energetic. He could quickly overpower the enemy. Samson’s ending came when he disclosed the source of his strength to the enemy through Delila. Since his source of strength was his hair. The enemy shove him clean and overpowered him. Likewise each of us has strength and those strengths have a source. Which is the source of that strength and do you know it? If you know it, do you guard it?
In similar fashion we Christians are in battlefield and we have to identify our armoury. David in the Bible had identified the source of his Strength. He knew where his help came from ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
Knowing where the source of your strength is helps to guard it and to cherish it. Many Christians have been worn out in their walk of faith because they are ignorant of their source of strength. Some folk’s source of strength is prayer. Others source of strength is worship and praise. Others derive strength and replenishment from reading the word of God and having daily meditations. Other are renewed whenever they hear the word form pastors or from men of God. Others it is by observing a quit time in the morning. If you do not know seek to identify and know it. Then treasure and guard it with all your heart. Guard your heart will all diligence for out it flows issues of life. Likewise guard your armoury with all thy strength for therein lies your strength.