Thursday, March 31, 2011

Take Up Your Armor...Daily

Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (Ephesians 6:13-18)

In his book A Gospel Primer for Christians Milton Vincent's talks about our daily protection as Christians based on Ephesians 6:

"As long as I am inside the gospel, I experience all the protection I need from the powers of evil that rage against me. It is for this reason that the Bible tells me to 'take up' and 'put on' the whole armor of God; and the pieces of armor it tells me to put on are all merely synonyms for the gospel. Translated literally from the Greek, they are: '...the salvation...the justification...truth...the gospel of peace...the faith...[and the]...word of God.' What are all these expressions but various ways of describing the gospel?

That God would tell me to 'take up' and 'put on' this gospel armor alerts me to the fact that I do not automatically come into each day protected by the gospel. In fact, these commands imply that I am vulnerable to defeat and injury unless I seize upon the gospel and arm myself with it from head to toe. And what better way is there to do this than to preach the gospel to myself and to make it the obsession of my heart throughout each day?"

As a reminder to preach the gospel to ourselves daily Reach Records artist Tedashii has a new album coming out in April titled Blacklight. Below is a video for the song Need it Daily where Tedashii is reminding everyone of their need for the gospel daily.



Grace upon grace,
JRL

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