Newsletter Note

Are You Growing?

by Ken Cooper

Are we walking into the enemy’s camp laying our weapons down?

Shedding our armor as we go leaving it on the ground?

We’ve got to be strong in the power of his might and prove to the enemy,

We are the army of the Lord and we’ve won the victory!

Those words are from a song that was popular in the 80’s called “We Are the Army of the Lord.” The song asks an important question. When we walk out the doors of the church or our homes we are walking into the enemy’s camp. Satan is the “god of this age,” a false god, but he and his ungodly philosophies prevail in the world. It would be foolish for a soldier to enter the territory of his enemy without a weapon and the knowledge to use it. It is just as foolish for a Christian to do the same, but Christians across this nation do it every day.

We really are the army of the Lord. We really are in a battle against the spiritual forces of evil in this world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms every day. Today you will be accosted by philosophies and ideologies all day long. Are you protected? Are you wearing your armor? Do you have your weapon with you? In Ephesians 6:10-17 the apostle Paul describes our armor and our weapon. Our armor includes the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, boots of readiness that come from the gospel, the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation. That is our protection. There is only one weapon listed in Ephesians 6 and that is the “Sword of the Spirit” which is the Word of God. God’s Word needs to be hidden in your heart (Psalm 119.11) so that you will be equipped to do battle, “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12.

Sadly, many Christians leave their armor and their weapon at church or at home when they walk into Satan’s camp. In our world, so many have bought into Satan’s lie that our faith is a personal thing, and has nothing to do with our everyday life. He has convinced so many that their faith doesn’t belong in the business world, the world of education, or in entertainment. We see God’s truth and wisdom blatantly ridiculed and ignored in our culture. Evil practices are embraced and promoted. Immorality and dishonesty have become commonplace and accepted. The enemy, Satan, has convinced many that our faith is to be kept private. If we’ve believed the culture and left our armor lying on the ground, we have no way to protect ourselves from that ungodliness.

Listen carefully, the world doesn’t determine what we Christians believe, Jesus does. Our faith is personal, but nowhere in the Bible do we read that it is to be kept private. In fact, Jesus commanded us to share with the world. A preacher that I used to love to listen to was Gerald Gibson. Jerry said that every day when we get up we must put on our “Jesus suit,” referring to our armor in Ephesians 6. When you walk out of your door in the morning, remember your “Jesus suit.” So, are you wearing your Jesus suit today? Or have you laid your weapon and your armor down?

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