Posted May 01, 2002
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13
Many of us have seen the television survival show. That is there to entertain us, but the Christian life is not entertainment. It is the real survival course.
It is a course that doesn't just last only a few weeks or months, but once we become a child of God it is how we live. The Christian walk is how we survive this world below until the Lord returns for us.
Yes, there are dangers and challenges out there! The Bible says,
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8
This is not to say that God doesn't equip us but He does want us to know what we are up against.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
God loves us and gives us all the directions and equipment we need for our survival. Read through Ephesians 6:10-18 and you'll see everything that's needed.
Wearing our Survival Gear.
First of all, we need to be "strong in the Lord" vs. 10.
Don't forget, we have God Almighty to lean on for our survival.
Next, we need to have our "loins girt about with truth" vs. 14.
When we protect our loins we are protecting our midriff or sensitive areas. We can only do this with truth.
Wear the "breastplate of righteousness." vs. 14.
This can only be done, by making sure we have a daily relationship with God. We have to keep our lives holy.
Gospel of Peace.
Have your "feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace." vs. 15.
How can we survive if we do not have our feet planted firmly and surefooted for stability?
Shield of Faith.
"Above all, taking the shield of faith." vs. 16.
The shield in our armor is something that we hold up to ward off the attacks of the enemy. It is a necessity to answer all of the adversity that we come in contact with in this life.
Helmet of Salvation.
"And take the helmet of salvation" vs. 17.
If we don't wear our helmet we don't have anything to protect our head! Remembering our salvation can help us ward off bad thinking and distressing thoughts that can target us and get us down.
Sword of the Spirit.
"And take the sword of the spirit" vs. 17.
Our sword is the Word of God. This is a weapon that we need to get skillful at using. It is the weapon that Jesus used when the devil came to tempt Him. We have to have it in our hearts in order to use it for our survival.
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit" vs.18.
Not only are we told what armor to wear, but also we are told what our stance should be. Part of our survival depends on our praying with sensitivity to the Spirit, which can only come about by living holy lives.
"Watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." vs. 18.
We cannot survive alone. Our survival is entangled with other Christians. We should look out for other Christians, work and fellowship together, and keep them in our prayers
So, did you remember to put your armor on today?
Copyright ©2002 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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