LIFE IS A BATTLEFIELD
Homer writes of a great military infiltration to the Trojans by the king of Sparta in his classic poems known as the Iliad and the Odyssey.
The Trojans were industrious and militaristic minded to the point of being able to resist Greek forces for over ten years. It seemed as if they would be able to resist the Greeks indefinitely because of the stronghold they held within their large fortified walls protecting their perimeter and the Greeks were ready to give up and sail away from Troy permanently. Until, a Greek by the name of Prylis came up with an interesting strategy of building a very large wooden horse whereby a large number of armed Greek soldiers would be hidden inside. Once all the ships sailed, one convincing Greek left behind informed the Trojans that the giant horse was built under the direction of the war goddess Athene, and that it had a magic power with an evil significance for the Trojans. As long as this great horse stood outside the walls of Troy it would bring continual misfortune to the city. He told the Trojans that the Greeks had purposely built it large to make it impossible to get through their gates. It was promised them if they were eventually able to get it inside their gates, the magic horse would lose its power to harm the Trojans and instead would bring them good fortune and stand as a guarantee from the gods that Troy could never be captured. Of course the Trojans “bought” into this magic spell, desiring to thwart Greek strategy by knocking down part of their wall to make way for the Trojan horse. Then they celebrated for their good fortune.
In the meantime, a signal was flashed to the Greek ships waiting at sea. The army in its entirety returned in the middle of the night. Suddenly, the hidden Greeks came out of the wooden horse, overpowered the Trojan guards, and opened the city gates to the conquest-hungry Greek soldiers. Once the Greeks were inside the city walls, the intoxicated, celebrating Trojans were helpless in their hands. The city was robbed of its treasures. The great men of Troy were slain and the city itself was burned to the ground.
Have we allowed the Trojan horse to enter inside our gates? The strategy of infiltration has been and always will be the most effective way of overcoming an enemy. It was used by the original communists with few in command and virtually no military and the Persians used it to capture Babylon in 538 B.C.
Now that the Trojan horse is inside our gates, what do we do next?
The Apostle Paul wrote “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” To protect ourselves he said, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to….withstand in the evil day.” (Eph. 6:12-13)
Two thousand years ago a politician by the name of Gaius Sempronicus realized that the populace wouldn’t notice that they were being stripped of their political freedom as long as they were well fed and entertained. It wasn’t noted until several hundred years later by Decimus Junius that these mindless people became so distracted by their self-gratification that the senators could trample all over them, thus leading them to their dymiss.
“We fall only when we first open our gates to evil and give the enemy control in our lives. Every individual could hold out indefinitely against any frontal attack that could be launched by all of the powers of sin and evil put together. We go down in defeat only when we relax our gaurd and close our eyes to evil” Sterling W. Sills
Let’s not be beguiled by the evil hidden inside the Trojan horse that has been brought inside the strong fortress of our gates which may have a similiar outcome like it did with the Trojans and the Babylons. Pray, we, too not go to our doom without even a struggle.
Now is the time to put on our whole armour of God and go to WAR!!!