New week alert! New post alert! Always so excited when it’s time to write a new post, if only I could be writing new posts daily 😢. Oh well, wishes and Lamborghinis. Are you a fan of war movies? Especially those ones that depict battle scenes from the period of the Roman or Greek empires? When the warriors get ready for battle, you see them getting their armours ready. What constitutes their armour?
You have the shield, the breastplate (because mans ain’t tryna be sliced pork chop), the helmet (because mans can’t be walking around with a headless body), the belt, the sandals and of course the sword or hammer (depending on the warrior’s preference). Before battle, you see their armours shining and gleaming under the sun but by the end of the battle, it’s bloodied. But therein lies the difference between us and these warriors!
Therefore put on the full armour 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. (Eph. 6:13, NIV)
Wait, what?! I am not understanding this! God, are you trying to tell me that after going through my Avengers assemble routine of suiting up to face Killmonger, I should just stand? Wow… amaziiiiing. Well, therein lies the difference, we are not expected to fight the battle (II Chr. 20:17). Why? For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (Eph. 6:12) and of course, there is no way you can physically fight what isn’t physical. Have you ever tried fighting a temptation with boxing or wrestling? That would be weird and impossible 😂.
With that in mind, when God gave us the charge to suit up and stand, it was because He knew that there was no way we could fight the spiritual forces of this world with earthly armour or earthly battle strategies. You may say, but not all things we face in life are spiritual and I would say, all things are spiritual (I Cor. 2:15). Every situation you face in life, every battle, has a spiritual force behind it and that is why in Eph. 6, the bible takes the time to explain to us what we truly contend with when we see things happening to us in the physical and thereafter, tells us what to do about those situations (wear the armour of God, so we can stand our ground).
As we go into this week, the charge is for us to wear the armour of God and stand. What is the armour of God? Eph. 6:14-17 gives us the details on what it consists, check it out.
- Tell us, what situations in life have you faced and were unable to stand?
- Why were you unable to stand?
Trace your way back to God and suit up in His armour and ask for strength to stand when the evil day comes.
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You referenced 1 Cor 2:15, I am unable to see the relationship with the statement that you made that everything is spiritual.ReplyDelete
Also, I am not in agreement that everything that happens to us in life is spiritual or do you mean that everything has a spiritual undertone?
If we do not take care of our health and we fall ill, it's us. Nothing spiritual there. However, I understand that we are spiritual beings and we must look at things from that perspective.
Hello Anonymous, thank you for your comment. I have had a look at 1 Corinthians 2:15, I agree with you, I do not see a direct link. The scripture in 1 Corinthians 2:15 says that believers will judge spiritual things.Delete
I believe everything matters to God and God sits on the throne and sees all that is happening; therefore I'm not in a position to state that everything is spiritual but rather I believe everything matters to God. Sage will clarify his standpoint soon.
Thanks for the comment. While the verse doesn't directly say so, based on my perspective that I am first and foremost a spiritual being, when I'm asked to judge all things, I will judge them spiritually. Falling sick may be as a result of one's neglect but there is a spirit behind that sickness and in looking at it spiritually, you attack the sickness both physically and spiritually and also gain understanding as to why the sickness happened and what was meant to be the end-game of the sickness.