Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Armor of God

The first day- you are in a rush to start the " fun"- so the sun screen was applied quickly and not reapplied as often as one should. I used what was in the cabinet above the stove. SPF 30ish I think- The boys squirmed as I held them down making sure they were protected. Let me go- each said eagerly running towards the beach. OK- Just go..... Well the next day- Ouch my back hurts each said- as they grimaced taking on and off their shirts. The second day- SPF 70 was applied and still they stood, knowing that I meant them no harm by demanding them still til every ounce of flesh was covered. With coverage they played all day- their skin protected from the sun. They played long and hard outside- they had no worries - no burning- no pain.
As I thought about the sun screen providing that protective barrier around my boys, I thought about the armor of God. And how we learn to put on the armor of God  by reading the bible and praying- The shield of faith, The breastplate of righteous, The belt of truth, The Sandals of peace, And the Sword- the word of God.
"Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rules of wickedness and darkness."
So by applying the word of God to our lives daily we provide ourselves with that protection of God to withstand the power of darkness. We are shielded against evil. We can live daily - with no worries- knowing that God is standing between us and evil.
Neglecting to feed our spirit and ignoring the hunger of our soul causes spiritual weakness; this results in desperate and careless decisions.
A starved soul and a famished heart will find you in pain- a sunburn of your life- mirserable- uncomfortable....
Take time each day to put the armor of God- To pull out the sword early everyday, before evil has a chance to burn you. We may squirm and complain, but taking time each day, will pay off. It will provide that shield of protection around us- preventing that burn that causes so much pain.