As we begin to live our christian lives we must prepare for things as if we were going into battle. The world is a war zone and without the right tools we will not survive. The devil rules this world and plans to use it to destroy us.
The Whole Armor Of God
EPHESIANS 6:10-13 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 the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host 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.
The devil comes at us from all sides and in many forms. We must prepare ourselves because he is smart and very deceitful. He lies and we must know the word of God for the truth will keep us safe from him.
Everyday my mind is telling me one thing and the devil tells me something different. He tries to make me believe that what I want to do is right and that if i’m good that ill be fine in life. Why do I need god? Why do I have to listen to someone I cannot see or hear just because a book says I do. These are some things the devil tries to get you to believe.
Breastplate Of Righteousness
EPHESIANS 6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.
The Devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He is the father of lies, and will do anything to make you believe that God doesn’t exist. You can do anything you want. That no one loves you and you are alone. You will never be anything in life. Everything that is wrong with you is all your fault. These lies destroy our lives to the point that we want to die and we cannot properly love anyone because we don’t even love ourselves.
Through Prayer, we can put on the breastplate of righteousness and believe in God and his truth. The truth that says you are the head and not the tail. That anything is possible through Christ who gives you strength. The truth that Jesus died for our sins because he loves us. So we may one day dwell with him in heaven when he comes back for us.
Preparation Of Peace
EPHESIANS 6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
There should be no worries in life. The devil also controls us through stress and worries. If we can’t pay our bills or someone we love is sick. Maybe we are worried about our jobs or the kids maybe your husband or wife. We all have worries but God wants us to trust him to handle all of that. He wants us to be at peace. Worries can make us sick depressed even make us think irrationally causing more harm than good. If we trust in him and give him our worries then he will make sure to handle them. He just needs us to believe in him just as a child believes in their parent or parents. We trust in our parents. We know everyday they will protect us feed us love us. which bring me to the next piece of armor.
Shield Of Faith
EPHESIANS 6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
We must have faith or we have nothing. Having faith can sometimes be hard especially when you are worried or cannot seem to believe in something you cannot see or hear. Can you see tomorrow? No but you know its coming. You have faith that tomorrow will come. You have faith that at the end of the week you will get paid. God does not lie. Everything he tells us is true. We must believe and trust him. Trusting in him is having faith in him. I was looking for work and couldn’t find anything that I had experience in. A friend from church told me to apply for this job in construction/ demolition. I laughed because I was a cook for over 20 years and some factory work here and there. She told me to apply and to trust in God (have faith).
So I applied for the job and a couple weeks went by and I hadn’t herd anything so I just knew I wasn’t going to get hired. My church friend said go home and pray for the job. Clam it in the name of Jesus. Even pray for how much you want to get paid. Wait what? Seriously?
So that’s just what my wife and I did. We prayed that I would get the job and even prayed on what I wanted for pay. So we waited for a few days and didn’t hear anything from the still. So I decided to go there and ask about the job. The lady at the desk said she was just about to call me, that my application was on her desk. I thought wow that’s crazy. So she set me up with a interview.
Now I was amazed that they were going to call me because like I said I had no knowledge of anything this company did. I went to the interview and had to speak with two people at the same time. At the end of the interview they excused themselves to discuss my employment. I was nervous for sure then they came back a few minutes later. They offered me the job and started me at exactly what I prayed for. My faith in god became stronger than ever. I now leave my worries at the door because I know he’s got my back through everything. When I do start to worry because I am human and not perfect like the Lord, I pray and ask him to give me strength.
The Helmet Of Salvation And Sword Of The Spirit
EPHESIANS 6:17-20 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 I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which “I am an ambassador in chains; that I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Our salvation is by the grace of God and the sword is our bible. The helmet protects us from the devils lies. Our minds are vulnerable without our helmet. Our bible is sharper than any two edged sword. Its our truth our life line. It’s most important in my christian life.