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“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…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….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.”    NIV (Galatians 6:11-18)

What does this passage written thousands of years ago from the Bible mean?  How can its words still hold the sound of truth all these years later?  Because it IS the truth.  It is the Word of God.

What if you were about to take a ride on a motorcycle, and your friend told you to put on your helmet so your head would be protected in case you had an accident?  You believe in helmets, but just not for you, so you take the helmet and throw it on the back of the motorcycle.

Unfortunately, you end up in an accident, hit your head, and die.  That helmet could have saved you had you put it on.

It’s the same way with God.  It’s not enough to just believe in Him.  We must put Him on – the full armor of God – and keep Him on.  We must LIVE Him in order to be eternally protected.

Try it for yourself:

God’s Word is righteous in a world that is full of perversions…“This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.”  Psalm 118:20

God’s Word will give you peace in a world that is full of violence, worry, anger, and fear…  “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7

God’s Word – if you believe – produces faith, and faith in Jesus Christ overrules the devil…”because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

God’s Word is full of truth in a world that’s full of lies“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:32

Accepting God’s Word means accepting Jesus Christ and that brings eternal salvation to you and to me!

Do you know Jesus?

I mean personally know Him, as in communicating with Him on a daily basis.  No, I don’t mean just calling on Him when the rent is due and you don’t have the money, or calling on Him because you just WANT some money, or praying that He’ll get you out of whatever trouble you’ve somehow found yourself in.

I mean having a personal relationship with Him every day.

If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as YOUR personal Lord and Savior, then the first thing you must do is:

Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins and then rose up from that death on the 3rd day (the Resurrection).  (Hebrew 11:6)

Confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour before men.  (Matthew 10:32)

Repent of your sins (feel sorry for the sins you’ve committed, and have a desire to change).  (Acts 2:38)

Be baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of your sins.  (Acts 2:38)

Ask Jesus to come into your life and take over.  He will begin to change you.  And you too, will have the peace of God “… which passeth all understanding…”. 

If you remain faithful in your walk with Christ, you too, will begin to learn how to put on – and keep on – the armor of God.

No matter what may happen in this world, you need not fear because remember what Jesus said in 1 John 4:4 –“…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

And the one that is in this world is my enemy and your enemy, satan.

Don’t let this world destroy you.  Don’t make the eternal mistake of thinking that you’re stronger, because without Jesus Christ…you’re not.

I came to the conclusion a long time ago that’s it’s good, very good, to have a friend like Jesus.

(Scripture italicized for emphasis only)

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Trust

Today’s topic should be about trusting in God, I think.

Some of us put all our trust in another.  We invest everything we have – emotionally, physically, financially – into another that we trust.  And don’t get me wrong. That’s good.  Very good because that’s what unconditional trust is all about.

But what about the One who created us and holds the eternal destiny of our souls in His hands?  If we can trust another, shouldn’t we also trust Him?  And shouldn’t He be at the top of the list?

Some of us say we trust in God, but it’s hard to tell sometimes.  We fluctuate.  One day we’re praising Him for what He’s going to do.  A few days later (when the thing we need Him to do hasn’t happened yet) we’re about to worry ourselves to death over it.

I know it’s hard sometimes not to doubt.  I’m guilty of that too.  It’s human nature to not trust that which we can not see.  But here’s the thing…we actually can see God when we look at the magnificent design of creation.  He made it so that we would know by instinct that there is a Creator.  There is a God.

How many people saw the ‘Super Moon’ last night?  It was beautiful.  And far too awesome to be some unexplainable accident.

When I am weak, and feel doubt trying to creep in that’s when I know to pray harder, to ask God to increase my faith and remove all doubt.  I know that’s the time to hold on even tighter because if there’s one thing I know it’s this…

Through all the hard times God has NEVER left me or forsaken me, and I know He never will.  How do I know this?  Because He said He wouldn’t.

“…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  Hebrews 13:5

And I trust Him.   You should too.

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Believe

How can you believe God?

–  By not just reading, but also studying His Word, the Bible.  God has proven   Himself many times throughout it.

– By listening to a man of God preach the True Gospel.  (This goes back to studying God’s Word.  Know the truth so you won’t be misled.)

–  By talking with your friend, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, child, or stranger who is saved, and who wants to lead you to an active relationship with Jesus Christ as well.

God has provided us with many ways to hear and receive His Word.  We need only to be willing and open to receiving it.

If you don’t have the desire in your heart to know God, it would be a good idea to ask Him to put the desire there for you.

If you are not willing to know Him, nothing can happen until you are.  He will not force Himself upon you.  But God knows your heart, and only He alone can change it…for you…and for the better.

Some people want to do things their way.  They don’t want anyone – including God – telling them how they should live.

How ironic it is that we would not want the One who created us telling us how we should live…

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