Recently I found myself in a half-dressed situation and the results were discouraging. Oh, I was fully covered with my clothes; I wasn’t covered with the full armor of God. I know this because I didn’t take my stand against the devil’s schemes. I let my anger have full reign. I have repented, apologies have been made, and accepted, still, I feel as if I’ve been hit by a truck, a very big truck. It is shame that makes me feel that way and it’s going take a while for me to stop feeling so ashamed.
I am thankful for this promise from 1 John 1:9-10 — If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
I am completely vulnerable without the full armor of God. I pray I will find myself in situations of “spiritual undress” less and less often.
I pray I will take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor 10:5
I know I’m not the only one to find myself in this situation. I covet your prayers.
Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation — but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. Rom 8:12-13
Eph 6:11-18 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
From one of my favorite songs…
Thank You, Lord, for loving me.
Thank You, Lord, for blessing me.
Thank You, Lord, for making me whole.
And saving my soul.