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 saints.
How easy it is to read these words and imagine putting them on in battle. You can feel your defense and taste victory just reading these powerful verses. What I am learning right now is this: Don’t wait until you are in the battle to put on your armor. Everyday you must dress for success because you never know what day the enemy will strike.
I am in the middle of spiritual warfare right now and boy it is tough to do these things. I am a confident Christian. I love the Lord with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength, yet, this is hard.
In my personal study of God’s Word I am studying the Bible’s greatest character, Jesus. I was reminded this week that Jesus was a Jew. He grew up in home committed to Jewish customs. More than likely, His home was full of scripture: written and spoken. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 gives us a glimpse into the home life of our Savior.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
I decided that if posting scripture on the door frames was needed in the home of Jesus, it was needed in the home of Wendy. So I did just that and the fire was stirred to a new level of hot. As I walked in the back door from cleaning up yard toys I begin to question the Lord, “You told me to do this. I did it and the situation is now worse” I said to Him as I opened the door to go back inside. With the doorknob in my hand, I looked up and read the words, “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” In my spirit I said, “YEA” as I slammed the door in the face of the enemy. There is power in the Word of God.
Just because I slammed the door doesn’t mean the war games are over. They are all around me. But I will be victorious and learn something in the fire because GREATER IS HE WHO IS IN ME THAN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD.
For His Renown,