MISSING THIS ARMOR?
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:10-20
The Lord tells us in these verses to PUT on the armor of God and to USE the armor of God. We need to PUT IT ON and to TAKE IT UP. Now can you imagine a soldier going into a major war only putting on some of his armor and leaving behind the rest? How foolish, dangerous, and deadly! Now can you imagine a soldier going into a major war putting on ALL his armor but only using some of it? Foolish, dangerous, and deadly!
Christ’s followers are in a major spiritual war, and our victory is secured in Christ and through PUTTING ON and USING our FULL armor! Know what stands out to me when it comes to all the people I meet via my ministry work? How many people call themselves Christians and don’t read the Bible alone with Jesus with the Spirit of God teaching them and speaking personally to their hearts in line with the Bible. They have FAITH (the shield) and SALVATION (the helmet), but what about THE SWORD (the Word?).
God won’t force us to put on our armor, and He won’t force us to use it. It’s up to us. So how are you doing when it comes to PUTTING ON and USING the FULL armor of God? How about when it comes to THE SWORD – reading and living by the Bible?
Need to make a change? Begin today. Long ago, I made a commitment to read the Bible every single day of my life no matter what. And to learn to live by it. The change in my life is astonishing. Please make the same commitment. PUT ON and USE the FULL armor of God – THE BIBLE included! And celebrate the victory in Christ, my friend, rejoice as you win your battles through Christ for the glory of God, AMEN!