I’m a normal woman who is sometimes funny, often corny, a sloppy sentimental who believes that romance still exists and that there is something good in everyone, whether they want you to know it or not, I am always full of faith and the knowledge that if I fight the good fight and keep the faith I will make heaven my home, I believe that Jesus is my Lord and that He is the only way to God. I said all that because I want to say something that I want you to take very seriously and know that I know what I am talking about.
Ephesians 6:12 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.
I am distressed that so many Christians are struggling to make it day after day, and I’m not talking to sinners here, but to all us saints who go to church!
Why are we so weak?
I think it is because we don’t take the words of the Apostle seriously when he said we are not fighting against flesh and blood (your boss, your spouse, especially your worst enemy) but against the spiritual forces of the devil and his angels! Not realizing that is like walking into a lion’s den carrying a bloody side of beef and thinking that the lion will stop with that and not attack you! You’re a goner if you think that, so what makes you think you can go out into the world of work and everyday life without the proper attire? Would you show up for work naked? Then you shouldn’t leave your house without putting on all the equipment that God has given us with which to fight and here is the scripture that you need to know:
Ephesians 6:10-19 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Another translation puts it like this:
Ephesians 14-17 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.
That is the fashion statement you need to make if you want to be able to walk through the day without getting beat up in the spirit! By reminding you I’ve done my job here so in the morning get up and get dressed, you know what to wear!