In Chapter 2 of my book, Our Most Valuable Treasure, I present the Key Of Discipline By The Word. This discipline is important because we are all in a battle. I begin this chapter with a look back to Great Britain during World War II and their determination to fight their enemy. We too, as Christians need to muster the same determination as we wage war against our adversary on a daily basis.
The continent of Europe began to fall under Nazi Germany control in 1939. On September 1 of that year, Hitler and his war machine invaded Poland, followed in quick session by Belgium, Norway, and finally France. By the spring of 1940, nearly the entire European continent was under German control and they were threatening to invade England. After the fall of France and the evacuation of over 300,000 British troops from Dunkirk, the future looked bleak for Great Britain.
Some of Hitler’s military leaders wanted the Reich to invade Great Britain immediately. Hitler however believed the English government would capitulate with just the mere threat of invasion and seek surrender terms with Germany without any further military persuasion. He did not think the government, nor the people of Great Britain, had the determination to stand up against his totalitarian regime. He couldn’t have been further from the truth.
The Prime Minister, Winston Churchill was adamant about standing up to Hitler. In his speech on June 18th, 1940 to the House of Commons he spoke of Britain’s “Inflexible resolve to continue to war.” Finally, at the end of his address he stated:
The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.
Churchill knew the attitude of the English people must be unified against the Nazi regime. Even though it could be a long and costly battle, in order to succeed, the attitude of the English government and her people needed to be one of absolute commitment to the task at hand. He closed his speech with this famous line:
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’
In spite of recent British losses, the fall of France, and at the time, the unwillingness of the United States to oppose Hitler, Great Britain was willing to stand alone against their enemy. The attitude, articulated by Churchill to the English people not to submit to Nazi Germany, shaped the entire country’s actions. They were totally committed, as it was necessary for their survival.
For the Christian, we face no less a threat. Our enemy isn’t a foreign state or a totalitarian regime. But our adversary, the Devil, does seek “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” as Jesus told us in John 10:10. Peter calls him a “roaring lion” in 1 Peter 5:8. Paul discusses spiritual warfare in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 and in Ephesians 6:11-17 he describes the armor of a Christian.
Clearly, not unlike England in 1940, we face a substantial enemy who wishes to destroy us.
What is our response when faced with this enemy? When confronted with the temptation of sin and its consequences, we have but one weapon. Paul describes it in Ephesians 6:17 as the “Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”
Have you ever considered your Bible as a weapon? Not a weapon used to club someone over the head, but a weapon of the Holy Spirit, used in battle against the worst enemy we will ever face. It is the greatest possession for a Christian, yet too often we are negligent to understand its importance and value.
– From Our Most Valuable Treasure: Psalm 119 – The Key To Unlocking His Word, page 11-13
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 Leo McKinstry, Operation Sea Lion, Overlook Press 2014, page 56