By Morgan Perry
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
I think as we get older and gain more experience we begin to put on more armor as we face each day. As we continue to face trials and tribulations the armor gets heavier and heavier. We convince ourselves that this armor is the only thing that can protect us from this evil world. If we would just realize that when we are in the presence of the Lord, we can take all the armor off, and place our protection in him. We can stop worrying about if the armor we built is going to be strong enough or if those walls are going to be thick enough, because he is our armor and he is stronger than any walls we could build. We are always safe in him.
Instead of building your own armor, let God be your armor. Let him protect you.
Sometimes, when we have been hurt, it's hard to trust people, or even trust God. It's hard to let God have full reign over your life when you only find consistency through finding control in your life. When you let Jesus control your life, in some way, you are losing control. That's not always easy, but it's okay because he will never let us down.
Yes, we will have trials, and we will sin, but God gives abundant grace. He's never going to give up on you. He will never let you down. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will never shut you out. Instead, He waits for you to come to Him. He is knocking on your heart saying, "Hey, let me into your life. I love you. I'm proud of you. I'm so happy to be your father."
If we build walls, those walls don't let people in. When you don't let people in, it's hard to walk in real, intimate relationship with them. Building walls only causes more harm.
Jesus is stronger than any wall you build, but he will only break down the walls if you ask him. So do it! Ask him! Invite him in. Let him break down your walls, he wants to!
God equips us with the armor we need to fight!
“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. 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.”