Life gets hard. We all know this. In fact, we are promised that in this world we will have trouble. But until we are facing trouble it is easy to say that we will lean on Jesus through it all. In reality, it is all too easy to try to handle it all by ourselves.
I have faced my fair share of unexpected trials. I can say for certain that trials are a lot easier when I let God handle them for me, even if what happens isn’t what I or those around me desire.
Trying to face a trial on your own promises to be taxing on a person. Trials always come uninvited but what about the unexpected?
The Unexpected Comes Hard
The unexpected can come like a freight train in the night. You didn’t even know you had anything to worry about and then all of a sudden it pops up. You know exactly what I’m talking about. That bill you really don’t have the money to pay. That unexpected series of illnesses that goes from one person to the next in your home. The unexpected battle that never really was truly complete with any number of enemies that may attack your home: sickness, financial strain, relationship problems with family, friends, or a spouse, or even addiction to anything, not just the obvious addictions that come to mind, although, those hand out extremely heavy burdens and trials (i.e. caffeine, television, phone, social media). Anything of this world even if it is intended for good can be twisted around and cause harm to you and those you love.
Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Make no mistake Satan is a pro at it. Satan has a 3rd-degree black belt in destroying lives, alright, so that is the reason we, as believers, have to know how to go into battle and be prepared.
So when a soldier is in combat what is he or she wearing? Armor, right? Protective gear. So why is it a struggle for us to remember to put on the Armor of God to protect us from Satan? The bible says “above all else guard your heart”. If you are a believer, putting on the Armor of God is step one. Now, does that mean that our life is going to be trial free? No, absolutely not. What it does mean is that our heart will be strengthened to the point that when entering the spiritual battles with Satan the light of Jesus will then shine brighter within us than the darkness of Satan trying to creep in.
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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.13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Six Pieces of Armor
- Belt of Truth- Knowing that God is the voice of truth and living life with integrity and honesty daily.
- Breastplate of Righteousness
- Feet Fitted in the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace
- The shield of Faith- Having the faith of a child. It is so simple just to believe. We, adults, make it complicated.
- Helmet of Salvation
- And the sword of the Spirit- the word of God
As you look at these six pieces of the armor of God are there any that you have weak links in or are you missing pieces entirely? I know that I have room for improvement in many areas.
In the Midst of a Battle
Even as I am typing this I am facing a trial, just like we all do. In the midst of this trial, I find my footing slipping at times. I have made mistakes. I didn’t find myself fully ready for this trial. I let my battle training (being in the word) slack. But, I have God’s Grace and it is sufficient. I find myself second guessing at times what I know what God has lead me to do because HE is the one directing my steps. But I have grace and it is sufficient.
I know above all else God loves me and is with me every step of the way. I know HE alone is the VOICE OF TRUTH. I have faith that ALL of God’s promises are true. I know without a shadow of a doubt that when I take my final breath on Earth I will be with my Father in Heaven. I know that as I face this I am not alone. God has placed a great village around me. And I am so grateful for my village. And even in the midst of this trial, I know that if I remain planted in God’s word and take up the sword of the Heavenly Father and fight then I will win because ultimately, God has already won the war. But if I leave the armor and the sword and fight without it, as the world would have me do, then I am sure to fail.
Are you in the midst of a trial? Are you going to put on the Armor of God? When the unexpected shows up uninvited how will you respond?
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