The Value of Training

Navy SEAL instructors have a saying: “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in war.”

A few months ago, the Navy SEALs achieved one of their greatest accomplishments by killing the most wanted criminal on the planet—Osama bin Laden. This mission was pulled off so flawlessly that it could not have been scripted any better by Hollywood’s best writers. The elite fighters were able to enjoy such overwhelming success because they had trained diligently for the mission.

More recently, the Navy SEALs suffered a terrible setback. A helicopter carrying 22 SEAL personnel and other soldiers in Afghanistan was shot down, resulting in the deadliest single loss for the Americans in the war in Afghanistan. These men also were highly trained, but there is no guarantee of success in war. Training only improves your odds.

We Christians are constantly engaged in spiritual warfare. Our ultimate victory has been assured by the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, there are many spiritual battles to be fought along the way. Some we will win quite easily; others will result in stinging losses. The only way to ensure the best possible outcome for ourselves and others is to be well-trained.

1 Timothy 4:8 says, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

What will you do today that will make you better trained for spiritual warfare?

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