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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ARE YOU USING YOUR ARMOR?

The armor of God is very important but it will do us no good if we do not actively 'dress' in it everyday. We are in a battle against evil forces so we have to have our spiritual armor on to defeat the enemy. No soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan would think to get up and go out without his protective vest and headgear on. Evil enemy forces who are not friendly are lurking and each warrior must be prepared daily to go out into the world and protect themselves from the bullets of the enemy.

Ephesians 6:10-17 says "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

The enemy of this world, Satan, is attacking our great land right now. It is evident in the way our own government is not even acknowledging the sanctity of marriage, human life or National Day of Prayer. We are not to necessarily be angry at mere men who are the enemies pawns but be angry at Satan and pray for the hearts of evil men and women to change and be transformed.

Each day you leave your  home  you are going onto a battlefield. Visualize the enemy waiting and hiding ready to attack you. 2 Chronicles 20:15 reminds us "and he said, "Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, 'Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's."

We are not to hide in holy huddles or not go out of our  house but we are to go into the world and fight the battle and win the lost to Christ. Just remember each day to 'clothe' yourself with the armor God has provided you. The word of God, especially, is the most important piece of this armor. We will not know how to defeat the enemy or have victory unless we pick it up and read it.

Just remember, "Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world"( See 1 John 4:4).   

PRAYER: Father today I will put the armor of God on and go into the world and be prepared to fight the enemy who is at war with our very souls. Satan wants to kill and destroy but by the power of God living in me I will defeat all the darts thrown at me this day. I ask for protection from the enemies darts for my family too Lord. If any of them do not know you  or are not walking with you  or are not following you I ask that you make yourself known to them. Thanks for your protection each day Lord. I will resist the devil and he will flee from me. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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