Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Battle Ready?

Normally when I wake up in the morning my main concern is stumbling over to the coffee pot with my eyes half open to start a pot of coffee. My thought is I cannot function without that little jump start to my day.

I don't usually get out of bed with the thought that I need to put on my armor and be prepared for a battle. Although some mornings with my little ones it feels like a war zone in my house.

However, the Bible is very clear that we are to put on "The Armor of God" .

Finally, 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.Ephesians 6:10-18

Most days I forget this spiritual battle that we are in. I forget to put God first and my armor is not in place. These are the days that sin comes too easily. These are the days that words come from my mouth that I regret.

Last week I read a passage from Exodus. There is one verse that sticks in my mind.

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14

I keep wondering why this verse has been on my heart. Is God preparing me for a new battle? or did He just need to remind me that I am already in one so I need to stand guard?

This morning I took some time and read this verse in different translations. The Message Bible hit a nerve.

God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut! Exodus 14:14

So I am still not sure why these words have had such an impact on me, but I know that this morning when I got out of bed I am preparing my heart and my mind for the battle. And I am pretty sure after I have all of my armor in place I can still have that cup of coffee.

Today I am joinng Emily over at Tuesdays Unwrapped. This Tuesday I am unwrapping the gift of God's protection. For I know that He is always here, standing beside me, and fighting for me everyday.


Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

God is speaking to you about something and I am sure he will make it clear Amy. Great verses.
Love Collette xxx

Lanie said...

Great post Amy. I needed a reminder that He is still there in the battle. I just need to still myself. Have a great evening. ~Lanie

Ms. Latina said...

Hi Amy, This is my first time on your blog and it was exactly what I needed!

Thank you for the verses. My boys and I have been discussing God's shield this past week and your translation, esp. Exodus 14:14, helped tremendously!

deyoder said...

I truly love nothing more than God's unexpected words to me, that speak to my deepest parts. Even when I don't understand I know it's still changing me! I love it! Thanks!