Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Excuse Me,.......but Your Vulnerability Is Showing

Have you ever felt vulnerable?

This past summer, I had the privilege of serving as a camp counselor at a summer camp for students in 4th-6th grade. Our time in the mountains together was more than I could have ever expected it to be. The theme of the camp was "The Armor of the Lord". As we dug into God's Word each day and studied about the armor of God, I became uncomfortably aware of how "underdressed" I was.

Have you checked your spiritual wardrobe lately? Upon close inspection, you, too, may discover you are stepping out into life with nothing on but your own strength and power. Ummmmmmmmmm????? Could this be the reason the world (and Satan) leaves us feeling ill-equipped, uncomfortable, weak, defeated and..... vulnerable?

www.dictionary.com defines vulnerable as:

1. capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt, as by a weapon

2. open to moral attack, criticism, temptation, etc.

3. (of a place) open to assault; difficult to defend

Does this describe you? Today, far too many Christians are walking around in an extremely vulnerable condition. Without even thinking about it, we charge right out into life. We give no thought to our spiritual covering, our spiritual armor. I hope you don't mind me asking, but when you got dressed this morning, did YOU think about it?

And yet, this should be our first order of business. Before our feet even hit the floor in the morning, we need to spend time with God, putting on His armor. Yes...before you even get out of bed! Have you ever noticed how Satan doesn't wait for you to leave your house before he starts attacking? The home is where Satan fights the fiercest. We cannot afford to give Satan one opportunity to catch us unaware or unguarded.

But what exactly are we to dress ourselves in? What does our spiritual wardrobe consist of? What is the armor of God? How can we be strong in the Lord and live in the power of His might?

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 6:11-17 (NLT)

The armor of God consists of six crucial pieces.

1. The belt of truth

2. The body armor of God's righteousness

3. The shoes of peace and readiness

4. The helmet of salvation

5. The shield of faith

6. The sword of the spirit

Each of these serve an important and unique role in our ability to fight (and defend our self!) against spiritual attacks. If even one of these pieces of armor is missing, you and I are VULNERABLE!

Also, I might point out that each of us is responsible for acquiring our own armor. My armor won't fit you and your armor won't fit me.

Remember when David went up against Goliath? Saul, thinking David needed all the armor he could get, started placing his armor on David. Talk about uncomfortable, ill-fitting and cumbersome. Saul's armor didn't come close to fitting or defending this young man of God. In fact, it would have been a hindrance to David had he kept it on.

Besides, David didn't need Saul's armor. David had a very real, deep, intimate relationship with the Lord. He and the Lord had already won many a battle together while David was tending sheep. This shepherd boy knew it wasn't his strength or physical armor that would win the battle against Goliath. It was the Lord. All David needed to do was to put on the Lord. David knew this; when he was dressed in the armor of the Lord, his victory was SECURE!

Back to you and me and right here and right now. What is your spiritual condition? As you look at yourself in the mirror of God's Word, do you see a Christian who is dressed for battle, or do you see only your vulnerability staring back at you? Do you see someone secure in their God?

www.dictionary.com defines secure as:

1. free from or not exposed to danger or harm; safe.

2. dependable; firm; not liable to fail, yield, become displaced

3. affording safety, as a place

4. in safe custody or keeping

5. free from care; without anxiety: emotionally secure.

6. firmly established, as a relationship or reputation

7. sure; certain; assured: secure of victory

8. safe from penetration or interception by unauthorized persons

WOW! Don't you long to be secure in God? I do.

It's time to get dressed. It is time to get serious about fighting the good fight of faith.(1 Timothy 6:12) It is time to start slaying the giants in our life.

Not in our might, not in our strength, but in the power of our God! (Zechariah 4:6)

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