After posting there for about a month, I began to feel incredibly tired and drained. I felt like I was in the middle of a pit of hissing vipers. The atmosphere was dark, angry and bitter. The people there were demoralizing and depressing. I felt like they were sucking the life right out of me.
During those weeks, one day I was driving in a quiet, rural area. I started to pray. I asked God, “Why am I feeling so tired and weak? I feel like I’m completely drained, with no energy. Why?”
As I was praying that, I came to a stop sign, and there was a pickup truck in front of me.
I kid you not, seconds after I asked God that question, I looked right in front of me and saw a white bumper sticker on the back of the truck, with big capital letters that read:
JESUS IS GOD. READ YOUR BIBLE.
The second part of it stood out to me. Read your bible. It took about a second before it registered that I got a clear answer to my prayer.
I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t been reading the bible, for at least a couple weeks. I prayed occasionally, but back then I wasn’t having a daily quiet time with God in prayer and in the Word. So God answered my question right in front of my eyes. Read your bible!
The funny part was, it should’ve been obvious what the problem was. Even though I had faith, I was going into enemy territory almost completely unarmed! Duh! I was still a baby Christian at that time, so cut me some slack. 😉
We have to remember to put on the whole armor of God, so we can stand against the schemes of the enemy. We are living in a fallen world, in a society that is in opposition to the true, living God of the universe. If we don’t listen to the clear command to use the spiritual armor that God provides, then we are basically going into battle unarmed, unprepared and unable to stand on our own strength.
Sometimes we forget to put on the armor of God. Or sometimes we do it in a partial way.
Ephesians 6 makes it clear that we must put on the full armor of God, not a partial armor.
For example, if we pray but we’re not reading God’s word, we’re only partially armed. If we have the Gospel, but we don’t have much faith, we don’t have the full armor. It all goes together: truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, the Word of God, and prayer!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
If you are going through a difficult time right now… if you’re feeling anxious, sad, frustrated, or just tired and drained, I hope this post will encourage you to let God be your strength! Put on His armor, every morning. Don’t go to the battlefield unclothed and unarmed!
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Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!