After high school I spent four years in the Marine Corps. I was seventeen years old when I signed the papers and had to get my mom to sign with me so I could join. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into at the time, but I had seen Full Metal Jacket about a million times. I thought I was gonna go to boot camp and then be sent to war. I ended up in aviation supply, pretty much the furthest you can get from war besides maybe working at the chow hall. I joined thinking I was gonna get geared up an see some combat, I ended up stationed in California and learning to surf, not a bad deal in my opinion. It has been over six years since I was in the Marines but I still get all fired up seeing war movies or crazy clips on youtube. I think that’s why I get so pumped when I read passages in the bible like Psalm 144 or like the one I just read in Ephesians. “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-” Ephesians 6:13-18 NKJV. I love this stuff! Paul wrote this while he was imprisoned in Rome, you know that dude was a warrior! This passage is talking about battle, spiritual warfare. When you see footage of troops overseas in a warzone they aren’t wearing shorts and a t-shirt, they are prepared. They have on armor. We as Christians have to prepare for battle also, but our armor isn’t sappy plates and Kevlar, it’s Gods word. It’s truth, it’s righteousness, and above all else it’s faith.