I have wondered this week about the STAND that is in our scripture memory. How hard it would be to STAND FIRM without the family of God working together to encourage each other! When we each strive to put on the FULL ARMOR OF GOD, we each become an army of christians. It reminds me of the song:
We're a rainbow made of christians,
We're an army for the LORD.
There's no weapons that can harm us,
Christian love is much too strong!
I am part of a group of believers who are truly the family of God! God has graced us with His love as He teaches us to love transparently. We understand that we can do nothing on our own. Life is not about us! It's about God! Therefore, what better reason for all of us to wear God's armor?!!!?!??!!
As we've begun this discussion on God's armor this week, the inclusion of sin in the discussion is so important. Sin is direct disobedience to God. Sin is evidence of not trusting God. Sometimes sin is caused by the fear of stepping out in faith. I'm so thankful that God gives us grace! At the same time, He expects us to learn how to STAND in His armor. Consider the two scriptures below about STANDING and my comments. Join me, sister, in STANDING FIRM and encouraging the family of God to do the same.
1 Corinthians 10:12-14
So, if you think you are STANDING FIRM (an armor wearer's action), be careful that you don't fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful (Jesus is our SHIELD OF FAITH); He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can STAND UP (an armor wearer's action) under it. Therefore, my dear friends (family of God), flee from idolatry. (anything that you give more importance to than God)
In the next scriptures pay specific attention to the plural prounouns in bold:
- we = the family of God
- our = the family of God
- us = the family of God
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith (Jesus is our SHIELD OF FAITH)
- we have peace (Jesus is our FEET/SHIN PROTECTORS OF THE GOOD NEWS OF PEACE) with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith (Jesus is our SHIELD OF FAITH) into this grace in which we now STAND. And
- we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but
- we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
We... us... our... it's about God! It's about God's family! We're all in this together. Plus, it's a little hard to sit while wearing armor! So, sister, STAND... STAND FIRM...