This morning, and last night, the Lord has put an urgency — an urgent reminder… for me to “Put on the armor of God“.
I have been fighting such a weariness, a tiredness, tension and weakness the last couple of days especially. I’ll be okay at times, and then it’ll hit me. Can I be honest and tell you that yesterday I would work a couple of hours, and then I would need to go lay down for a bit, and then I would work a couple of hours, and then need to go lay down, physically so weak and in pain. I can see how there is an attempt to take me off course, distract me, affect my thinking, attempt to discourage me, an attempt to make it as hard as possible to sit and work and get my work done.
I first turned to Romans 5:1-5 this morning,
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Then I spent some time in this passage…
The Whole Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)
“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 powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts 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. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 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— “
When we put on this armor we are putting on the “armor of light” which is Christ. Romans 13:12 says, “…put on the armor of light” and then in verse 14, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ…”
This morning I am reminded to go through each of these pieces of armor, putting them on in faith as I pray, and reminding myself of what each of these pieces of armor represent. Believing and trusting in what the Word has said they would do.
Because sometimes when there is nothing else we can do or know to do, we just have to “stand firm” and ask God to help us to “stand strong” in the faith. I am being reminded this morning of how important this this armor of God is to enable me to “stand firm” and “stand strong”…
How do I “fight back” or “resist” the schemes of the enemy? By standing and remaining in my VICTORY in Christ. Depending on Him to give me what I need to be able to stand firm and resist fears, discouragement, temptation and vulnerability.
Because I surely cannot “stand firm” or “stand strong” in my own strength.
So, I would expect to be dealing with some resistance right now at this point in my life. That is why the Lord so urgently reminded me of this passage, because He knows what needs to happen. I have cried out to Him, and He is faithful to show me what I need to do so that I can stand up against any attack that may be coming against me.
Thank You, Jesus for giving me everything that I need. I will put on this armor and I will take Your hand, knowing that I will be able to “stand”.