What to wear 2

Last week I received an email response from a reader.    A writer always likes to know that people are reading their writings and
an even greater bonus is if it causes the reader to ponder their life and make
changes.  I received a response from someone last week that got me to
think!  She thanked me for the article because she realized that she had
unwittingly fallen into wearing some old clothes (old thoughts and responses
that she thought she had gotten victory over).  She said, "I need to
change those old clothes and prayerfully burn them this time, instead of
storing them."   I thought how right she is!   

There is another aspect of our clothing we didn't discuss last
time, and that is the spiritual armor found in Ephesian 6:10-17

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against
all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against
flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen
world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in
heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able
to resist the enemy in the time of evil.  Then after the battle you will
still be standing firm.  Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth,
and the body armor of God's righteousness.  For shoes, put on the peace that
comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.  In addition
to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the
devil.  Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit
which is the word of God. 

Combining each of these pieces of weaponry with the character
traits found in Colossians 3: 12-15 will equip us to not only fight our
spiritual enemies, but will make us attractive to those we are trying to
influence for Jesus.  It will also make us easier to live around for our
spouse and our children.  Our co-workers will enjoy our presence much
more!  Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must
clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and
patience.  Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who
offends you.  Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in
perfect harmony.  And let the peace that come from Christ rule in your
hearts.  For as members of one body you are called to live in peace.
And always be thankful. 

Take the time to get dressed each morning.  You won't be
caught unawares by passing fiery darts from the enemy lambasting your thoughts.
I believe if we begin with the helmet of salvation--reminding ourselves
whose we are and who we are, things start out much easier.  Because we
have been forgiven, it is so much easier to walk in forgiveness and have a tender
heart towards those around us.  Our shield of faith equips us to move
forward even among difficult people.  Our God has given us the equipment; it
is up to us to use it.  We must become skillful in every area if we want
to experience more victories.  


Father, I ask that you help us move forward in every area we are
struggling with our old man versus our new man.  For the married folks, I
thank you for helping them speak kindly from a place of humility and gentleness
to each other.  I thank you for helping parents and grandparents model
correct dressing and the using of these weapons.  Help them to teach their
children from a young age.  Father, I ask that you help each employee to
respond to their bosses and co-workers with these attributes.  If there
are those reading these words and don't understand why it would make a
difference I ask that you would open their eyes and ears to your word and your
ways.  You understand the process you are working in and through us so
that we can become the light and salt of the earth.  Thank you, once again for doing for us what
we need.  Show us what and how we can
change.  In Jesus Name, amen