Tuesday, March 12, 2013

ever have one of those mornings?

Ever have one of those mornings when you wake up tired and all you want to do is go back to bed, but you have to be responsible and get ready for work anyway?  Up that's me this morning and twice in my internal whining to myself I am shown the verses in Ephesian's that talk about putting on your armor. Think someone is trying to tell me something? Then it was impressed upon me that sometimes when you are tired is when you especially need to armor up, not as much to engage fully in the battle but for self protection in a time of vulnerability. Bill Johnson says that he doesn't need to put his armor on in the morning because he doesn't take it off at night. Another thing that stood out to me was that when we put the armor on we are to "stand" and "pray in the Spirit".
So if you took your armor off last night, put it back on this morning. It is a protective gift from Abba. Just in engaging in that process improves our attitudes for the day and causes us to rely on His strength and not our own.
Ephesians 6:10-19 "In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to  resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right  standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). And [pray] also for me, that [freedom of] utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news (the Gospel),"

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