For anyone who follows the story of Attack on Titans, or Shingeki no Kyojin, you probably thought that the last entry in the Attacking Titans series would have ended with “Mikasa Ackerman”. If you haven’t been following we started with “Eren Yeager” and learned how we must boldly declare that we will defeat the titans in our lives as he declared he would defeat the literal titans in his. Second, we followed up with “Armin Arlert”, where we learned that we must gather knowledge and expand our vision if we are ever going to find a strategy to defeat the titans in our lives. Third, was the aforementioned “Mikasa Ackerman” where we learned we need to exercise our faith and knowledge and execute because with all the faith we have we must take action. One of the scriptures we covered was James 2:18-24, referred to the scripture we will be studying today which also reminded me of one other character form Attack on Titan.
Commander Erwin Smith, is the head of the Survey Corps. I might have lightly touched on the Survey Corps but I will go into detail of what they do now. As the city is surrounded by gigantic walls to keep the hungry titans away. The Survey Corps is the team of soldiers that venture outside the safety of the wall. To defeat titans on their turf and to do research on how to better fight the enemy as well as try to push them back further so the people of the cities and towns have more space to grow. To experience more freedom. Survey Corps are considered a death sentence for many. There’s a high mortality rate in that team. In the premiere episode when the team came back all they could give the mother of one of the soldiers was an arm.
Commander Erwin have to knowingly sacrifice his soldiers in the hopes that they reach the goal of one day pushing back the titans and claiming victory over them. He has to sacrifice them so that the civilians and nobles in the city can remain safe. He sacrifice them so that they can further their research on the titans that ravage the land. It then reminds me of one more thing. That we must be willing to make sacrifices as well to defeat the titans in our lives. We must be like Abraham. Continue reading “Attacking Titans – “Erwin Smith” – Genesis 22:1-19″→
James 2:18 – But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. (NIV)
In part one, we read about Eren Yeager, and how we need to declare to the titans in our lives that we will defeat them. In part two, we read about Armin Arlert and how he increased his knowledge and widened his vision to obtain success over the titans and how we need to do the same. We are now in part three, and we will discuss Mikasa Ackerman. Mikasa is a naturally talented fighter when it comes to fighting titans but not all of have a natural ability to attack the titans in our lives but there is something special about her that had to be jolted out of her by Eren. She had to push her self to fight.
In Episode 6 of the anime, Mikasa was helpless as a little girl as she was being kidnapped. However, a young Eren attempted to save her. But his rescue backfired and he was about to get killed himself. Only one person could save him and that was Mikasa. Her killer instinct for the first time kicked in. She attacked to save her new friend and attacked for her survival. We must also put forth the effort to attack the titans in our lives as well. Continue reading “Attacking Titans – “Mikasa Ackerman” – James 2:18″→
Proverbs 24:5 – A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,(ESV)
In our first part of Attacking Titans series, “Eren Yeager”, we learned that when we are up against the titans in our lives we must first declare and believe what we will accomplish. Speak to our demons and when we pray believe that God will carry us through. But that is the first part. The second part is to do what the character above does. Armin Arlert, out of the trio is the strategist and planner. Through all the reading of books with his grandfather he had a dream of leaving the city perimeter to see the ocean and hopefully.
It was revealed to Armin when they were cornered by the military how much his friends depended on his knowledge to get out of the situations they were in. For the end of the series he came up with a master plan that helped them immensely but I don want to give spoilers to those who have yet to watch or want to watch the series or read the manga. But as we see Armin succeed with knowledge the bible tells us that is as well. Continue reading “Attacking Titans – “Armin Artlert” – Proverbs 24:5”→
Mark 11:22-24 – 22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (NIV)
This is part one of the Attacking Titans series. The anime/manga series I am loosely referring to is Attack on Titans or Shingeki no Kyojin by Hajime Isayama. This series revolves around people who are stuck in a battle for life. The world as they know it have been taken over by gigantic aggressive being known as “titans”. We specifically follow the leading character Eren Yeager. He lost everything with the attack of his home town Shiganshina District except for his two best childhood friends Armin Arlert and Mikasa Ackerman. As I watched this show and read the manga it reminded me how hopeless human life can be sometimes but I also enjoyed that in all of the plight that befalls them they each do something to fight the good fight.
I watched the show and I believed by watching these characters they have showed all of us the key in fighting the titans in our lives. Titans that cause devastation in our lives. Titans that cause us to lose hope. Titans doesn’t have to be a gigantic man eating giant. A titan in our lives could be the lost of your home or job or the loss of a friend. It’s menacing but in the following entries I hope that you learn from the following characters how to attack the titans in your life. Continue reading “Attacking Titans – “Eren Yeager” – Mark 11:22-24″→