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WHAT ARE YOU PROTECTING?


EPHESIANS 6:10-13,

"Finally, be strong in the Lord

and in His mighty power.

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."



WHAT ARE YOU PRTOTECTING?



We've all heard of "protecting your identity".

It's a big deal - a reality in this totally tech-savvy, fallen, desperate world. We are instructed to protect our identity by guarding our social security numbers, phone numbers, bank info and our names. A lot of people even pay companies for "identity protection".

Why?

Because it could cost us.

What could it cost us?

It could cost us theft, lack of protection to our privacy, higher risk of threats and trickery, and the prospect of losing the safety of our personally identifiable information.

That's protecting our worldly identity.

Do we put as much effort into protecting our spiritual identity?



WORTH PROTECTING


Our spiritual identity should be worth protecting.

"Baby Christians", Spiritual Leaders, Worship Leaders, Youth....

wherever you are in your walk - if you have a relationship with Christ at all - protect it.


Evangelist & Author, Leonard Ravenhill asked a good question:

"Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?"


If the answer is yes, you need to protect it.

(If the answer is no - it's time to reevaluate some things.)



ENGAGING IN THE BATTLE



You might be going through a beautiful, brilliant time in your life where everything is going right. Answers are at hand, healing has happened, provision is amply evident, and you can confidently face each day - seeing your next steps clearly. If you are there, then please rejoice and thank the Lord!

However, don't lock your armor up and tuck your shoes away and close your Bible as you rest in the peace of the season. Don't put your weapons far from you. Instead, take this time to prepare yourself. Be ready - be prepared in season and out of season - you may end up standing alongside someone else during their battle. You need to stay ready. The Bible also says clearly in 1 Peter that the enemy prowls around and I can't find anywhere in the Bible where it says that the enemy sleeps.

 

You might be actively going through a war. Healing seems far away. Finances are in the balance every week. You are seeking answers but are in a time of waiting. You aren't feeling the confidence that you know the Word promises you.

Hold onto your armor. Hold on tight. These aren't just simple arrows being tossed at you. These are "flaming darts". Back when this was written, the enemy used to dip the tip of their arrows in a tar or pitch, light them on fire and shoot them. The attack against you is meant to be vicious. It might be all you can do to stand. Hold on. Hold your ground. Help is before you and behind you. The Bible says it clearly - Psalm 27 - Fearless Trust in God.




WHAT IS THE ENEMY FIGHTING WITH?



The Bible tells us what to put on in order to protect ourselves, but I think it is also very important to understand what weapons are coming against us.

What does the Bible say that the enemy is fighting us with?


WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING WITH?



2 Corinthians 10:3-4

"For though we live in the world,

we do not wage war as the world does.

The weapons we fight with

are not the weapons of the world.

On the contrary,

we have divine power to demolish strongholds."


The Bible tells us what our weaponry is. We have access to every single tool, weapon and armor

- we don't have to pick just one.

On top of that, we have a STURDY SHELTER and ULTIMATE DEFENDER.

"And we have such trust through Christ toward God.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God."




DON'T MINIMIZE THE POWER of PUTTING ON THE ARMOR




Please, don't minimize the words in Ephesians 6.

I think that those of us who have been in Church a while have heard the verses of Ephesians 6 so many times that we tend to mentally nod off when going through it yet again. But, like any armor during warfare, it is vital to overcoming and protecting ourselves from injury.

We are so loved.

Christ died for each of us.

Stand up against the attacks of the enemy

so you can be the best soldier you can for God.

He's already won the biggest battle.





Much love to you on your journey,

❤️ Sarah Jane

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