Read: 1 Samuel 14:1-14

The Israelites and the Philistines were in battle. While Saul relaxed under a pomegranate tree with his soldiers, Jonathan and his armour-bearer left camp quietly to see if the Lord would work on their behalf, believing that “nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few” (1 Sam. 14:6).

Jonathan and his armour-bearer were about to cross a path between two high cliffs. Armed enemy soldiers were stationed above them on both sides. They were just two men against many. When Jonathan suggested they climb up after them, the armour-bearer never hesitated. “His armour-bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart”” (1 Sam. 14:7). So the two climbed the cliff, and with God’s help, they overcame the enemy (1 Sam. 14:8-14). We have to appreciate this courageous armour-bearer. He carried the armour up that cliff and stayed with Jonathan, following along behind and killing those Jonathan wounded.

The church needs strong leaders to face our spiritual enemies, but they must not be left to face them alone. Believers should realise that they are also in battle. Church leaders need the help and support of everyone in the congregation – loyal “armour-bearers” like you who are willing to join them in battle against the “enemy of our souls.” Are you willing to be an armour-bearer?

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