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…
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.
Today God put a spot light a light on Ephesians 6:13 in a way that said to stand firm with the armor of God, we must first do something! For me, today, This is a call to action!
And after you have done everything…
While I don’t if I am correct in my interpretation of the scripture, This morning reflecting on this verse it stood out to me that we as believers, who trust in the Lord, cannot just assume that because we believe, that the armor of God will just fall onto our shoulders and protect us from the evil one.
We must first do everything to prepare.
So what does this mean? What is it that we are supposed to do? Reading back in Ephesians, we can find the answer when Paul outlines the instructions for Christian living in Ephesians 4:22 and on…
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
It goes on to list many other helpful and important things like not sinning when you’re angry, not giving the Devil a foothold, not stealing, not letting any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth-
to get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit And to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God for gave you.
If you’re anything like me , we tell God, wow that’s a lot, but we strive to do this each and every day but still find ourselves struggling.
So how can we set ourselves to do the everything that God calls us to do in order to be able to stand? I can’t help but feel this morning as God has revealed His word to me this week yet again about the power of our thoughts, that it all starts with our mindset.
22…to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
in order to put off our old self, you know, the one who jacked everything up, we first must be made new in the attitude of our minds! It’s what got us into trouble to begin with!
This is our call to action! Our thoughts are not up to anyone but ourselves. God created us with a creative mind and gave us the ability to choose what we think about. As sinners, we are often dragged into the dark turmoil of sin in our minds which hinders us from doing any of the above Godly instructions. But we have the power as a human being to choose! To make a choice if we will think on the promises in the Bible and the truth of God’s word or on worldly things that continuously surround us.
God in His infinite wisdom, grace and unconditional love for us gave us free will
Freedom to choose Him as our Lord and Savior
Freedom to follow Him
Freedom to choose the thoughts we think
Freedom to act on the truth
Freedom to fight
We must die to self in order to live in Christ. Our flesh doesn’t want to go willingly and it becomes a battle. It is literally an every day fight to the death!
We cannot, will not win this battle alone. It is only when we ask God to place Jesus on the throne of our hearts and fill us with the holy spirit that He will Bring forth his gloriously planned victory!
Do you remember the story? Jesus had been healing a large crowd and the disciples wanted to send the people away to get food. Jesus told the disciples to feed the people. Their response is found in In Matthew 14 verses 17
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
But notice Jesus’s answer
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
I’m reminded how often my response is like the disciples. There’s not enough. Not enough time, not enough money, not even enough of me. Worry sets in and I become fearful of not being able to help take care of the needs of my family, or anything else that God may ask of me.
But the light of hope shines in verse 18 “bring them here to me”
By laying my whole heart, and the amount of time and money that I do have at the foot of the cross, I can faithfully trust in His provision. And because He’s so good, not only does He provide, but He provides abundantly.
What are you feeling like you don’t have enough today? Bring it to Jesus and watch as He blesses it and turns it into more than you ever imagined.
I want to encourage you to believe that today is going to be a good day. No matter what you’re facing, if you are tired, have lots to get done, or just not feeling it today, take a few minutes, seek God first and ask Him to guide you and give you strength for the busy day ahead. Ask Him to guide your words and actions today. Believe that He is with you and will help you. If you ask Him to, He will give you the courage and wisdom to make today better than you ever imagined.
Prayer for today:
God, thank you for being faithful and for hearing my prayer. I asked that you cleanse my heart and forgive me for the things that I have done that has not shown that I value our relationship. I ask that you be with me today. I need you. Life is so busy, I have so much to get done and I don’t know how to accomplish this on my own. I believe that you love me and care for me. Fill my heart and let it overflow into my actions today. Thank you for Jesus, it’s in His name I pray. Amen