armored up

beetle-armor

We must stop behaving as people do in the dark. We must clothe ourselves with the armor of right living and live in the daylight, living decent and true in all that we do. (Romans 13:12b-13a)

What do you do to deliberately “armor up” and successfully say “No” to temptation and “Yes” to God’s holiness? What works for you?

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4 thoughts on “armored up

  1. I thought at first this picture was about how God loves even the ugly people. Oh my! :-0
    Seriously, good pic of “armor”, even if it is on a bug like that. It would appear though that the bug with that heavy looking armor, is equipped for whatever dangers come his way. Truth is we all know that one shoe-clad foot of a human or horse can crush him even with his armor. To avoid such a demise, the bug has to stay out of the way of the foot. He has to scurry away from the danger when/if he notices it coming. There are times he doesn’t see it coming and never will know what hit him until it is too late.
    I’d say that is what a Christian has to also do because even with the armor of right living, we are not immune from falling into the way of temptation. We too have to steer clear of the temptations in our way. However, like the bug, we can lose our focus and not see temptation coming. We get crushed. But Glory to God, unlike our armor clad bug friend, we can be revived, we can be saved. God will provide a way out if we wait on Him.

  2. I think Mary Lou hit it pretty well. The first defense we have is doing all we can to avoid the temptation in the first place. If my vice is drinking, I make an effort not to go near liquor stores. If my vice is stealing, I do what I can so I never go shopping alone. If my vice is pornography, I do what I can to avoid stores where it is sold, and not be alone with my tv or computer. We have to know ourselves and our own weaknesses.

    Accountability partners are a wonderful thing. When 2 or 3 Christians have enough love and trust for each other to hold one another accountable and will not “spill the beans” of each other’s struggles, a lot of good can be done for everyone involved. Galatians 6:1-2.

    I like reading about putting on the armor of God in Ephesians 6. Unlike our insect friend pictured here, we don’t come with this armor “built in” I think. It takes a conscious effort. We have to put it on every day. When I read this passage I picture myself putting on this armor. The wallpaper on my desktop is of a samurai warrior, dressed in his armor, with his sword out and ready. (Yeah, I know he doesn’t have a shield…I think its cool and it works for me!) And I constantly remind myeslf to “sharpen my sword.” The more familiar I am with my Bible, the more ready I am for the daily battle against the temptations that arise from within me (James 1:14), and the battle with the evil one who wants very much to see me fall.

  3. All so very well said, Mary Lou and Adam and, of course, ever so true. Thank you.

    More often than I like to admit, there are times when I take hold of the wrong armor and am suddenly weighed down and not able “to move.” My thoughts are consumed with the heaviness and I loose the ability to think past the weight of it all and I wonder, “Why?” “How long?”

    But, just as God promises, He “shows me a way out.” and “the sword of the Spirit” suddenly rips the heavy armor away and places the “the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.” I am reminded, “In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.”

    In penitent grief, I once again wonder, “How could I ever, ever doubt?!” God’s word, the Church…..my brothers and sisters in Christ…..are my sustaining force and I am forever thankful! Praise be to God!!

  4. Hello there. I ran onto your piece re: the 22 Ga Light and the Stevens Co cemetery . Augustus Samples was my G Grandfather and if you will give me your phone number, I would like to call and share the little I have on him and his early families info. Thanks, Dick

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