It’s just not worth it.
Ever think this? Ever actually say? Ever say it loud enough for someone to hear?
Sure you have – in one way or another.
At times we all feel like giving up. Doing something totally different.
Mostly it’s because we’re overworked, overwhelmed or going through a rough patch.
Sometimes it’s a pleasure thing. There’s the hut on the beach or the isolated cabin in the mountains.
It starts as a relief mechanism. But can turn into wanting to make it happen; walk out the door and never come back.
When feel like giving up, cry out for God. I mean go somewhere secluded and raise your voice, “God help me”. Do it with passion.
God will answer you.
Here are 10 Bible verses to help settle your mind.
This is my command ”be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
2 Chronicles 15:7
But as for you, be strong and courageous [don’t give up], for your work will be rewarded.
Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
1 Corinthians 9:7
What soldier has to pay his own expenses? What farmer plants a vineyard and doesn’t have the right to eat some of its fruit? What shepherd cares for a flock of sheep and isn’t allowed to drink some of the milk?
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous [man up]. Be strong.
For I can do everything through Christ [through the One], who gives me strength.
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
2 Peter 3:8-9
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
The Full Armor of God is His Grace
We are naked without God.
We are defenseless.
When Satan moves in we succumb unless the Holy Spirit jumps in.
So our choice becomes:
- either go it alone, give into Satan and expose ourselves to death.
- or reach out to Jesus, seek His grace and cover ourselves under His protective wings.
This is not much of a choice to me.
I’m picking option two.
What’s your choice? I wager it’s option two also, right?
Since grace offers protection, it must also furnish us with the armor of God. Now grace is the unmerited favor of God. It is a gift. We can do nothing to earn it. Therefore we receive the armor of God free. This is the one free thing that keeps on giving. The supply is endless if we want it.
In Ephesians 6:11 Paul tells us to put on the whole or full armor of God.
So we need everything God gives us for protection. Not just some. Not just this or that when we can use it but all of it.
We need all the grace Jesus gives.
We are complete in Jesus. We are complete in His grace.
We need righteousness, peace, faith, redemption and salvation, and the Word of God.
All come from God and Jesus.
We keep the grace or armor with us at all times. We take advantage of God’s omnipotence. He is everywhere and we can call on Him at any time.
We use grace to prepare for entanglements with Satan.
Satan can test us at any moment.
It is grace and the blood of Jesus that allows us to resist what Satan brings.
It is grace that gives us strength in battle.
We fell protected in armor and we need courage to go head first to confront Satan in Jesus’ name.
How About You
Do you often feel open and unprepared for Satan’s attack?
You’ve been attacked. How did you overcome?
How did the armor of God protect you?
How did grace give you strength?
Please share your thoughts and experiences so others can learn from you. Especially when you were in ministry or evangelism.
The Full Armor of God is Our Support System
How are we to prepare for battle?
Any day at any time we can be attacked by the enemy.
This is the life of a disciple. It is expected. It’s a rule – not an exception.
The battle could be a verbal attack or could be capture and persecution or it could be an all out battle for life and limb.
But how to we ready ourselves mentally for battle?
Let’s take a look at Ephesians 6:13.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Because we are fighting against spiritual forces of evil we need to use the armor of God.
Paul uses the visual of armor which the early Christians saw being worn every day by roman soldiers. They were familiar with each piece of armor and its purpose.
Let’s look at this verse in detail. Refer here for more information.
The word through is connects verse 12 with verse 13. The Greek word is Dia. Think of it as because of the facts of verse 12 we need the full armor of God.
The word translated as take (up) is the Greek word Analambano which means to take up a thing in order to use it. Analambano is from two Greek words on of which is Lambano which gives us the feeling of taking it and making it our own.
So we are not just to use the full armor of God, we are to make it our own. Keep this in mind.
The word full means complete. We should not try to use only a few pieces. We need everything at our disposal – and that from God.
The word able connotes power. Our ability to stand is not our own but comes from the grace of God.
We become capable, strong and powerful.
The word resist is the Greek word Anthistemi. Some bibles translate it as withstand. We set ourselves against evil backed by the power of God. We are to set ourselves against Satan know full well that Christ has conquered him.
The evil day is not referring to the final judgement. It can be anytime we are attacked.
The phrase having done everything is interesting. The armor of God is necessary but not sufficient. We have to prepare. We have to receive the fulness of Christ. We have to receive the fullness of His grace. We need the mind of Christ. We need the wisdom of Christ. We need the power of Christ.
God’s grace not only is salvation it is the standard of our life on earth.
Jesus said that His grace is sufficient for us. His grace prepares our minds and bodies. The armor builds up our courage and gives us advantage of the enemy.
What About You
How do you ready yourself for an attack by Satan?
How do you tell others to prepare?
How has Satan attacked you when you we serving as a disciple?
What did you learn form these situations?
The Full Armor of God is Our Advantage
Are you prepared?
Are you ready to put on the full armor of God.
It really is necessary.
The armor of God gives us the strength to fight the good fight.
David tried on Saul’s armor before he fought Goliath. It did not fit.
But he spoke faith in God and was thus clothed with the armor or God.
We Need the Full Armor of God
Let’s look at the components of the armor of God reviled in Ephesians 6:14-17.
Ephesians 6: 14
Having girded you loins with truth.
Girding your loins is fastening a belt around your waist. The long robes hanging loose made it difficult to move around quickly. Placing a belt around your waist would make the bottom of the robe lift up a bit making it easier to maneuver.
Likewise we tighten up our value in truth – especially the truth of Christ. The truth that is gives us freedom. We are able to move freely in the liberty of the cross.
Having put on the breastplate of righteousness.
The breastplate protects the heart and other vital organs.
Righteousness protects our heart, It is not our righteousness but the righteousness of Christ we receive by Him taking on our sin.
Having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.
The sandals worn by soldiers has spikes on the bottom to improve footing to cover difficult terrain and to stand firm in hand to hand combat.
The Gospel of Peace we can not be moved away from the peach of God. If God is for us who can be against us. Christ gave us his peace – His shalom. Shalom is not only peace it signifies completeness.
The Gospel of Peace makes us complete in Christ which gives us strong footing to stand when times become difficult.
Taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
A shield protects from flying objects, the slashing of swords and the lunge of a lance. A soldier uses a shield to deflect blows.
Shields were mostly made of wood. They were flammable. I wonder if Paul was thinking of shields made of “living water” as water extinguishes flames.
A shield can be moved about to block blows coming from different directions.
Our faith can ward off attack regardless of whence it comes. Our strength to fight is directly proportional to our faith.
Take the helmet of salvation,
Helmets protect our head and therefore our brains or our mind.
We know and believe we are saved. That salvation comes from the cross. We just have to believe it.
We need to protect our minds from the quite voice of Satan.
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
The sword is the only offensive weapon Paul mentions. All others are defensive.
We go on the offense when we speak the word of God. Satan hates the word of God. Satan will leave us when we speak the word of God.
The heavens hear when we speak the word of God. We alert the armies of the living God when we speak the word of God in the name of Christ Jesus.
Let us speak the word of God and do so boldly.
We are not to be ashamed of the Gospel of truth.
These verses are will known. There is much written about them.
And this is a good thing.
We need to meditate so that we are prepared.
So that we know how to put on the armor of God and to use the sword of the Spirit.
Do you use the armor of God in your discipleship?
Please let me know your thoughts.