Are You Ready For What’s Coming Today?
by Chris Jones
There’s an image we should all get in our heads. Picture a knight, a Marine, a firefighter, a S.W.A.T. team member, anyone who wears a certain armor into battle. Now, picture that person not wearing their armor, but dragging it around until the very moment they’re faced with conflict. It’s a ridiculous image, for sure. Not only would they be ill-prepared for confrontation, but it would certainly be an exhausting task to drag that gear around.
Don’t we realize that this is how the majority of us live as Christians? Not only have we been given a task, but we’ve been given armor for the battle.
Ephesians 6:10-18 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. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Don’t be deceived into thinking your weekly visit to church is equipping you effectively enough. Stop making your only prayer habit be a distressed plea in your moment of need. It’s exhausting, living a half-committed life, dragging the armor around for when you think you need it. In that moment, it may already be too late. Prepare yourself for anything the enemy might send your way, by putting on the whole armor, and doing it daily.
God help us have this image. Help us see if we’re not prepared for the road ahead. Help us, Holy Spirit, to live lives that testify to the importance of being equipped. Thank you for the trials that reveal your goodness, protection and ability to sustain your children through the battle. Have mercy on us in the moments when we lack preparedness. Lead us to rely on the tools and the armor you’ve provided, having faith that your ways are perfect.
Posted on September 16, 2015, in Chris Jones, Christianity and tagged Armor, Armor of God, Battle, Conflict, Confrontation, Ephesians, Kingdom, Marines, Preparedness, Warrior. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.