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I love how our day-to-day life can teach us lessons to help us understand our past, challenge our today, and inspire our future. We can learn through experiences, situations, conversations, songs, books, nature ... the list is endless! Live with eyes ready to see, ears ready to hear and a heart ready to be touched.

Monday, 24 January 2011

The one with the confession

I have a confession to make.

There have been several times in the past when I have turned up to a particular event or activity without wearing the correct equipment or clothing.

You may think, big deal, hasn't this happened to us all once or twice in the past?  Yes, I am sure this is the case.

My son, for example, encountered his first detention at senior school after turning up to his P.E. lesson without his trainers. (Personally, I think the fact that he was then made to wear pink trainers throughout the duration of his lesson, was punishment enough, without having to administer a detention as well!).

I can also remember an uncomfortable atmosphere during my time at Moorlands Bible College, when several students arrived at a particular lecture without their Bible.  Thank goodness for the Bible App on my iphone! Phew!

Unfortunately, our memory sometimes lets us down, and we forget things.  Fact.

So, why the confession at the beginning of this blog?

I neglected to mention an important detail;  I actually 'forgot' on purpose!

Yes, in the past I have attended sporting events without my trainers.  I have arrived at a Karate lesson without my belt.   I can even recall turning up to my trumpet lesson without my trumpet! 

Although this 'forgetting on purpose' wasn't a regular event in my life, it did happen.  If I really felt that participating in an activity or event would result in failure, discomfort or embarrassment, then I would weigh this up against the consequence of not having the correct gear with me.

Of course, this was all in the past.  No longer would I turn up to something with the excuse of a forgotten item.  Or so I thought, until recently.

You see, I have realised that there have been times, when I have turned up to a battle without the correct gear on.  I turn up, look keen, but cannot go out to fight due to my incomplete armour.  Maybe I can make tea for the soldiers instead?  Much easier and safer.

But - the Bible tell us to:

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. (Ephesians 6:10-17)

We are told to put on the FULL armour of God.  Not some of it.  Not most of it.  But all of it.  As Christians, we have a battle to take part in.  God provides everything we need to go out into battle, but I wonder if, like me, there have been times you have 'forgotten' to put on your Belt of Truth, or misplaced your Shield of Faith, in order to prevent you having to go out and fight?

We might feel too tired, too afraid, or too weak to go into battle.  That is just it!  We are!  That is why God has provided the armour for us.  He wants us to fight.  He is with us.  He knows we can do it. - and not only survive - but win!

Let's open our kit bag, check it's complete, and put it ALL on.  God will not let us fail.

Are you ready to fight against the strategies of the devil?



  1. I confess that I too have in the past arrived for an event without the right clothing ( Physical Education was my worst thing I could ever do!!!) and with the usual excuses ready, and no it didn’t always work and there were consequences.

    Thanks for the reminder that we need to make sure our armour is fitting well and that there are no chinks and cracks where the enemy can get in. Yes we must always be prepared for war because the devil is cunning and attacks when we least expect it, and as you say let us make sure we put on the full armour of God and not just what suits us.

    Till next time

  2. yet another good one jo, got me to a 't'


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