I hope y’all had a great Sunday and spent some time early this morning in worship and were able to stream, or even attend, a church service. My wife and I listened to Elevation Church‘s sermon as we drove across the state of Georgia. It was another powerful word from Pastor Steven Furtick that I can’t wait to share with you tomorrow. For today though, here is the new release from Elevation’s “Rhythm” worship team.
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:10-11)
As a soldier and then a Police Officer, I’ve always had to wear some form of body armor during duty. I was very surprised at how light my body armor as a LEO was compared to that of being a National Guardsman grunt; no heavy ceramic plates, just kevlar light armor. If it wasn’t so hot to wear, I probably wouldn’t even notice it was on. Well, luckly for us as Christians, the “full armor of God” we must wear has no physical weight on our bodies. It does require a heavy spiritual and emotional weight. Standing strong in the Lord should be an easy challenge to us as Christian warriors, but unfortunately, the world is against us. You would think that loving creation, loving God, and loving people would be easy, but as the country and world demonstrated in early 2020, the majority of the world does not care enough about others to simply wear a mask in public. If we can’t just put a simple mask on in public, how will we ever live up to the hope of wearing the full armor of God?
Tomorrow we will look at Paul’s symbolic imagery of what all the pieces of the full armor of God entails. It’s one of the most memorable verses in all of Paul’s letters. The level of armor a warrior wears has changed throughout time, but the spiritual armor of Christians has always been the same. When the world is constantly coming at you to test your resolve, to look for that weak spot in your armor, how do you keep your armor strong? Prayer is your first, and perhaps most important, tool. Prayer helps keep your armor updated and strong. Reading the Bible, and having the knowledge that comes from understanding the Bible allows you to be functional in your armor. And the best way to wear your armor everyday and never notice it being on, live a righteous life. Live everyday to serve others and serve the Lord. That gives you the full protection and power of the creator of everything.
Reading plan: Phillipians 1:12-26
Deeper reading plan: Isaiah 34, 35, 36
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.
Fitness challenge: Rest
Worship: Spend today in prayer and worship. Get to church or get to a computer and watch church. America needs a revival like never before.