This one Scripture keeps coming back to me, over and over again.
Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon. As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me. – Nehemiah 4:17-18
The people were rebuilding Jerusalem and the Temple. But I feel there’s more to the message than this mere fact.
God’s people were working, prepared for physical battle with the enemy, should they strike.
I believe we are also called to be spiritually prepared for battle against the enemy; because they will strike.
Lastly, I believe we’ve entered a time when many have become comfortable in the world and are focused on earthly pleasures rather than on loving God, loving others, and serving the world.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:10-18