Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Preparing For Battle!

On Monday we began talking about the war that we are in. Like any good soldier in the middle of a war if we are not prepared we won't last. 

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 The Scripture tells us that Satan is looking for someone to devour (to defeat). We don't have to be defeated! If we are destined  for defeat then why would Satan have to look for us? It is for this very reason that God gave us the armor. When we are wearing it we look like God. Plus, if we are using the armor correctly, then you sound like God too. When we look like God and we sound like God, then we are effectively hidden from that roaring lion, Satan. This is a place of complete safety and the Bible equates this to our being hidden in God. Just like a mother hen sheltering her chicks, when her wing is over her chicks, they are completely out of reach from the outside elements. This is the power the armor has. And its an armor that can't be defeated. 

  Now if you're like me,  you were taught growing up to visualize seeing yourself put on each piece of armor. Honestly that's  all that I even remember being taught.  

 But, just because I can see myself doing something, doesn't mean I know how to do it properly. 

   There is a vast difference between using the armor properly and not. Just think about the parable that Jesus told of the house built on shifting sand. We can think of using the pieces of armor correctly, like a house built on a solid foundation. No matter what comes that house will stand firm! On the other side of the coin, if we use the armor incorrectly, we liken it to a house built on shifting sand. The first hard wind that blows the house will fall. The first hit that you receive while wearing the armor improperly and you'll fall victim. So I guess two questions remain:
        • What is each piece of armor?
        • How do I keep it on so that I'm always hidden?
   I can assure you that remaining fully protected, and living completely victorious in life is possible. You just have to understand each piece of armor. And that is what we're going to go over the next couple of weeks. Before we begin on each piece of armor, we need to discuss the enemy that we are facing and that we will discuss on Friday. 

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 
Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and 
the body armor of God’s righteousness. 
For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 
In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.
Put on salvation as your helmet, 
and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion."
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:13-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Be Blessed