Today’s Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15-6:24, Colossians 1:1-23
I loved the movie Superman! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished I could jump into a phone booth and come out with an answer to the day’s crisis.
- Saving the world
- A special suit that gives me confidence, strength and courage
Yep, that’s just what I need. How about you?
Friends, it’s time to find the phone booth, because I’ve found the suit!
Yes, we can live in today’s troubled world with confidence, strength, and courage.
Yes, we can rescue others from the depths of despair…if we put on the suit!
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 the 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.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. –Ephesians 6:10-18 (emphasis mine)
If this supernatural “suit” is available is every Christian, then why is it that many 21st century Christians aren’t strong enough to fight their way out of a wet paper bag, much less rescue the perishing and care for the dying!
Because we aren’t discipling ourselves each day to put on the “power suit;” we sort of look like a weak “Clark Kent” before he goes into the phone booth.
Paul told us exactly what to do, put on every piece of God’s armor and then we will be able to stand firm against the strategies of the devil.
Just like Superman, we must be ready at all times. We can’t wait until a crisis to find our “suit,” we need to put it on first thing, every morning.
No we don’t really need a phone booth and it’s not a physical “suit” but the armor of God is our only hope of a victorious life that causes others to know Him more.
Heavenly Father, help us to remember our armor each day. Teach us to be intentional in equipping ourselves to be strong and courageous and stand against the strategies of the enemy of our soul. Lord, use us to rescue someone today!
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:24-4:18