Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Armed to Go!

I am a firm believer that some things are just better as a name brand.  Don't get me wrong, I love a bargain and buy plenty of generic brands.  But some things just can't compare to the "real deal".  One of my examples is the Thermos brand.  My girls and I have thermos containers that truly keep water ice cold for 12 hours straight.  Even on the hottest of days, it stays cold.  I remember the first night we bought these amazing things.  My loving husband filled them up for us and placed them in the fridge the night before.  As we headed out the door, I grabbed our bottles and took a huge gulp expecting cold, refreshing water.  Instead I got a mouthful of luke warm water.  How in the world could this water be cold after being in the fridge all night?

The answer was simple, it was well protected.  The outside of the thermos was made to protect the inside contents from the outside elements.  Luke warm water was placed in the thermos, and even in a 36 degree fridge for 8 hours, it was kept luke warm.  Nothing could penetrate that barrier.

We learned to fill the thermos with ice water if we wanted ice cold water.

God's protective armor is like a thermos.  It can protect us from all outside elements of the world.  Are we putting on the protective armor of God that is discussed in Ephesians chapter 6?

That armor should be adorned everyday.  It can protect us from every sinful element the devil can throw at us...the darts of doubt, the arrows of destructive thoughts and attitudes, the temptations, and all the negatives in the world will fall away when it hits His armor.

My husband designs and makes bullet proof vests.  It is a very important job to protect those who are risking their lives to protect us.  The men and women who wear that armor depend on that armor daily to save their lives.  But one big thing has to happen in order for the armor to work...they have to be wearing it!

Same for goes for us!

If we want to resist the Devil, the armor has to be put on daily.  Our Bible can't sit on the table until Sunday; God should not only hear our praises on Sunday;  we cannot just pray when we are in crisis, and we cannot just think about the armor of Ephesians 6 when we hear a pastor preach on the subject. We daily must read our Bible and arm ourselves with the whole armor of God.

Today's Verses

Ephesians 6:10-18

King James Version (KJV)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Every morning as I walk down the hall towards our kitchen, the screen to our security system is lit up with the words..."Armed to stay".  My prayer as I punch in those numbers to disarm the system is that our family will put on the whole armor of God, and be armed to go...go out into the world and "stand against the wiles of the devil".   Let's pray and make sure we as Christians are armed to go as you leave every day!

This weekend we celebrated Veterans day.  Did you think about the sacrifices that have been made and are still being made today?  Do we pray for our current service men and women?  Are you thankful for those women and men that have given their lives for our freedom...freedom to worship and freedom to proudly wear our armor of God.  Did you think about the Ultimate sacrifice of our Savior?  A sacrifice that was made for the whole world!   I thank our soldiers past and present who have fought for this great nation.

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