uplifting thoughts and inspiration on faith
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. 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.
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.
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. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
There are many stories of battle in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. Indeed, it is as if mankind has been at war almost as long as the world has existed. It seems to be ingrained in humanity to fight either for or against. There dwells within each of us some level of justice. An inherent concept of what we consider to be right. For some this awakens early in childhood, especially if you have multiple siblings. It is the very nature of a toddler to consider everything he touches as “mine” and the very nature of the offended to react.
If you do not believe in an inherent sense of justice or an inborn warrior instinct just find yourself a friend with a six-year-old and a two-year old. Observe them. It will not take long for you to witness the two-year old take possession of something belonging to the six-year-old and declare it “mine”. It will be at this time that the warrior instinct of the older child will rise up to meet him. He will react either to fight for his rights and for justice and to restore what was taken from him or he will fall on the side of loyalty and protection of the younger child.
There are specific characteristics alive and well in a warrior spirit and they are more often than not awakened and brought to the forefront in times of adversity and unforeseen life altering events.
Makes us fight
Makes us loyal
Makes us dedicated
Makes us protective
Drives us to persevere
Drives us to constantly improve ourselves
Gives us quiet confidence
Gives us a zeal for life
Gives us a desire to bond with others of like mind
The story of the boy David and the giant Goliath the Philistine recounted in the Old Testament book of First Samuel gives a glimpse of the warrior spirit and the armor that protects.
1 Samuel 17:5 (Goliath) He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels
1 Samuel 17:38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
As a boy the armor was too heavy for David and even though King Saul was trying to protect him David couldn’t shoulder the weight of it. But later, King David, as a man of God mighty in battle, knew the importance of armor and was ready to wear it.
Psalm 35:2 Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid.
As a warrior preparing for battle there is not only much importance placed on armor as protection but it also defines the man, the army, and the King or Commander under which they serve as well as the kingdom for which they fight. Armies proudly wear their colors. The coat of arms, the seal, the crests let others know who they are and what they stand for, and sometimes more importantly, what they will not stand for. Readying for battle is a never-ending ongoing process. There is always much to do.
Jeremiah 46:4 Harness the horses, mount the steeds! Take your positions with helmets on! Polish your spears, put on your armor!
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians tells us we battle daily and not against flesh and blood but against darkness and evil in the spiritual realm. He advises us to get in touch with our warrior spirit and our warrior instinct as we prepare without ceasing for battle. The armor Paul suggests is being clothed in Jesus from head to toe. From the top of our heads, our thoughts. To our eyes, what we choose to look at. To our ears, what we choose to listen to. To our hearts, how do we protect what we love. To our hands, how we serve. To our feet, where do we allow them to take us.
When we clothe ourselves in Jesus our heavenly Father looks down at us and sees us through the blood of Jesus and in His righteousness. We become more like Jesus every day and we learn to discipline ourselves and guide our bodies from the top of our heads to the soles of our feet into the path of Jesus.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
Jesus is the truth so when we put on the belt of truth we are surrounding our whole self with Him. Not only in honesty but also the Holy Spirit who protects us and guides us into all truth. The Belt of Truth lets us know what to do next.
Romans 3:22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
Romans 4:5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
Jesus is righteousness. When we believe in and have faith in Jesus we are credited before God as having the same righteousness He has. There is no way to obtain the righteousness God requires other than through Jesus Christ. Righteousness is what enables us to talk to God, to come boldly before His throne of grace and have a relationship with Him. The righteousness of Jesus is the barrier between our frail human experience and all the evil Satan has planned for us.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Jesus is peace and He gives us His peace. The peace of Jesus is freedom from strife, absence of mental anxiety, a state of stillness, silence, or serenity, and a state of harmony or friendship with him. When we clothe ourselves in the shoes of the peace of Jesus we then have the ability to be still and know that He is God. We are comforted by our personal relationship and friendship with Him. Knowing that He surrounds us we feel confident in Him and we can cast our cares on Him and be free from worry.
1 Peter 1:5-9 Who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire —may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Corinthians 2:5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–
Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
Jesus is our faith. The Bible tells us He is the author and perfecter of our faith. Jesus IS THE WORD OF GOD and our faith comes by hearing from Him. Our faith is wrapped up in God’s power, God’s grace, and salvation. Without faith it is impossible to know, to understand, or to receive God’s power, God’s grace, or salvation.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
We cannot come to God any other way than through Jesus. Through our faith in Jesus. And we can’t have faith in Jesus unless He gives it to us. Jesus is the author (creator, originator) of our faith.
John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Just like a warrior, our Shield of Faith is of the utmost importance. It is the first line of defense and protection. You must have your shield. Without it you are vulnerable and unprotected. No warrior would ever willingly go into battle without his shield.
Matthew 1:21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
Psalm 62:2 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.
Psalm 140:7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation,You have covered my head in the day of battle.
Jesus is salvation. Jesus is the only salvation. Jesus is the only hope of salvation. To put on the Helmet of Salvation of Jesus is to cover your head. Your thoughts. Your eyes. Your ears. Your mouth. What comes into your spirit and what proceeds out of it.
A warrior masters his body. A warrior masters his intent. A warrior chooses his path and sets his course and does not waver. He is of one mindset and everything he does is for the furthering of his purpose and to reach his goal.
A warrior brings his whole self, body, mind, soul, and spirit under strict discipline and finds power in the intensity of his focus. A warrior knows that the path he chooses is of the highest importance because it will either lead him to victory or to defeat.
A true warrior sets the goal before him, puts on his armor, and neither veers to the left or the right but marches forward straight into battle with victory in mind. The warrior who has trained, prepared, is disciplined, and passionate will win the prize.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Jesus is the living Word of God. The Words of Jesus and the divinely inspired words of the Bible are the living word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
Daily growing in an intimate and personal relationship with Jesus is facilitated through the reading of His written word. A warrior intent on victory trains continuously to hone his craft and his skill set. A warrior desires to become proficient in the art of war. So we too should strive to become proficient in our understanding and walking in righteousness.
Putting on the whole armor of God is like wearing Jesus. The Triune Godhead, the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit then surrounds us with all the power and grace and provision we will ever need. Jesus is the Word. The Word was God and was with God. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus is light. God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. It circles and swirls and all around us. God, a heavenly Father. Jesus Christ His Son and the Messiah but also our brother, our friend, our intercessor, and our salvation. The Holy Spirit who is the Truth and the Spirit of God. You cannot separate the Trinity nor can you separate the attributes of the Trinity, nor can you fail to be triumphant as a warrior when you put on the full armor and wear Jesus.