Soldiers are trained to shoot an enemy, dug defensive trenches, and defend a territory. Why would the Lord of the Bible tell us to put on “armor” if we would not “physically” be in a fight?
God gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). But, the thief of Earth comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). These are words of Jesus talking; He will come so we have life, and have it to the full… All that He has for us is good and “something” is trying to No. 1 steal, No. 2 kill, and No. 3 destroy what matters to us even within our personal lives. But, what does that mean on a daily basis? This is a call to prepare, protect, and pray about those things that matter.
God speaks to us constantly about being prepared: The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1) You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me (Psalm 18:39). Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, stand firm in the faith… (1 Peter 5:8-9).
Let’s break this down. So, when you trust Him you are not afraid—you are armed with strength. You are prepared. Be alert, pay attention… this amounts to more preparation. Resist and stand… and yes, trusting Him doesn’t mean you will not face adversity—it means you will be prepared when you do.
We have a job to do, if it was not important, we would not need to protect it, nor would a thief want it. Right? Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23).
Readers, friends, we are at war constantly: For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey God (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Then in Psalms, with its collection of lyrical poems, we learn, “Blessed be the Lord my strength, who reached my hands to war and my fingers to fight,” says Psalm 144:1.
Daily we have to prepare to face battle that wages war against the knowledge of God. A key strategy: The more we study the Bible we are prepared to face the things that prevent us from moving forward in our lives. In order to prevail, we have to have our minds fully loaded with the power and knowledge of God.
Communicating with God is vital to our success. If we believe in God we must seek His Face for all things that concern us. If you don’t believe in Him, yet want to… seek Him.
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). And, pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people (Ephesians 6:18).
Ephesians 6:11-17 says, “Put on the whole armor of God… that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Will you join me?
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