Thirty years ago, I was trained by the U.S. Army to clear landmines. It was a very interesting experience, as I trained in the heat of a Missouri summer. Most of what I learned was done by crawling on my belly under barb wire. But there are many different kind of mines. There is a big antitank mine, which was fairly easy to detect. But also, there was a very small plastic mine, which had in mind to take a leg off if it was stepped on, and this was very hard to find.
Landmines are a very interesting form of warfare. Buried and essentially unseen, they lay waiting for the enemy. Trained as a Combat Engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, I was taught that there were things to counteract other things like mines. I knew how to operate a ‘minesweeper’. I was also taught how to probe with a stick to find mines that could not be detected. In the heat of an Ozark summer, I would be coated with a red mud after crawling on my belly through the Missouri dirt.
There are landmines in the Church. Buried they simply await a believer to step on it. Wisdom would tell us to advance with caution, but the counsel is not always taken. There are definite things which can cripple us spiritually. They only await our careless step. We can know they exist, yet we can step on them without thinking. It is a definite form of deception.
Mines such as fear, doubt, unforgiveness, jealousy, pride and selfishness lay waiting for us. When you step on a mine, you will often hear a distinct click. This is the downward signal that you have engaged the mechanism of the mine. At this point it gets terribly grim. It is highly unlikely that you can move quickly enough to get away from the explosion.
We are incredibly vulnerable to the mines of our walk as a believer. However, the Holy Spirit holds the maps that can enable us to transverse that which is ahead of us. His presence gives us a safe awareness to progress difficult ground. He is there to direct us to pass through the danger.
Too many people are getting blown up. They make a misstep and the resulting blast is awful. Unless we listen to the Spirit’s direction we will find ourselves in a very hard place, full of difficulty and danger.
We need the Holy Spirit to help us navigate difficult places. Without Him present we will step in places that are extremely detrimental, and very dangerous. He must guide us, step by step, through the danger that surrounds us. He will do this, if we only ask.