Monday, March 23, 2015

Suit Up

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Do you know how much the body armor costs for a dog working alongside of a Navy Seal? According to reporter, Elbert Chu, it costs $30,000! That’s right. Every K9 sent into combat is outfitted with a bulletproof vest, a harness for rappelling, microphones and speakers, and the most modern woven technology for stopping sharp objects. The dogs are faster than the Seals and they are capable of hearing and smelling things crucial to the mission. I think they are worth every penny spent on the gear that they wear. 

Christ followers are suited with special armor as well. It’s not earthly, but heavenly, and it is called, the Armor of God. Paul wrote about it to the Ephesian Christ followers. You can read about them in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. They are listed in the metaphorical sense of something that is worn like, helmets, swords, belts, etc. But what interests me is non-metaphorical: truth - righteousness - peace - faith - salvation - Word of God.

We need each of them—ALL of them! Not only do we need them, we must learn their value and how to apply them. I like the way the MESSAGE Paraphrase states it, “Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare” [Ephesians 6:17b-18a].

We face a cunning adversary, but don’t worry dear Christ follower, not even one little bit. The armor God has given us is effective. It is completely capable of keeping us safe and victorious over the schemes of the wicked one. 

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11

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