Monday, April 13th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 5)
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness...
Isaiah 61:10 (NKJV)
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.
Ephesians 6:14-17 (NIV)*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: On the first day of basic training, soldiers receive combat gear: uniforms and equipment to identify them as soldiers, to prepare them as warriors. Because given a choice, no one wants to fight in shorts, flip-flops and a smile. Or less: 'You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked' (Revelation 3:17).
Jesus showed us the real war, and He won it. Remarkably, it's not physical, but spiritual. 'For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places' (Ephesians 6:12).
Now, here's the fascinating part: Consider earth's beginning. God spoke it into existence: ' 'Let there be light,' and there was light' (Genesis 1:3). Thereafter, His most frequent M.O. was to speak through prophets: 'O dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!' (Ezekiel 37:4).
When Jesus left, the number of God's prophets increased by the gift of the Holy Spirit: 'In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy' (Acts 2:17).
Therein, if 'Life and death are in the power of the tongue' (Proverbs 18:21), if 'Faith comes by hearing' (Romans 10:17), if faith plus words move mountains (see Mark 11:23), then our spoken words carry great power.
Therefore, as you dress every morning for work in the physical, so you must dress every morning for war in the supernatural. Because without the 'Robe of righteousness' (Isaiah 61:10) and without the 'Armor of God' (Ephesians 6:13), you're naked and defenseless.
Man's best designs will not protect you from the fiery darts of hell. While it may not be P.C. to talk about enemy attacks in our well-groomed congregations, the attacker loves the easy access we give him without God's combat gear.
So, deny him and dress for success, God's way. Ignoring the enemy won't make him go away.
To Be Continued...
* The armor of God: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%206:10-18&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.