Sunday, April 26, 2009

Whose Armour are you Wearing?

"I cannot go in these," he said to Saul, "because I am not used to them." So he took them off.

These are the words of David in 1 Samuel 17:39. David, the great warrior and king who was called a man after God's own heart. He was just about to fight a major battle here, against none other than Goliath. He tried on Saul's armour but it just didn't' fit right, it wasn't it his size and he wasn't used to wearing it.

Now David may have been okay in Saul's armour for a bit, it may have even offered some protection against the enemy. But it probably wouldn't have lasted. That's because it wasn't made for David and for his battle. It was someone else's armour.

We cannot take on the armour of another just as much as we cannot take on the faith of another. To be successful as a Christ follower we must rely on our own personal relationship with him. We cannot depend on the faith of our parents or grandparents, or a spouse or friends, or even of a spiritual leader in our life. That faith may see us through for a time, but when the battle heats up the faith of others will always fall short. Our faith must be our own. When the battle gets intense and fierce we must be wearing our own armour.
When we go with our own armour we may feel vulnerable and exposed, but it will allow God to display his strength in us just as he did for David. God will allow us to encounter tough situations to strengthen our faith, our armour. That's why spending time with God is crucial, that unrushed quiet time before God is armour building time. The personal relationship we have with him is what builds our faith. It can't be done any other way.

Is your armour the wrong size? It won't protect you in battle.

Is your armour rusty? It won't protect you in battle.

But if your armour is shiny and strong it will keep you.

Ephesians 6: 10-14 reminds us: 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.

Standing in battle in your own armour of faith is the only way to make it. How do we strengthen our armour? Simply by being with him, the best armour builder there is.

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  1. Very well said! I soooo enjoy your Motivate Me Monday's!

  2. Wow, this is very good! You could do a whole talk on this!


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