Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. ~ Ephesians 6:11
SW #2 Re-cap:
Connecting to God:
- Heart of God (Psalms)
- Wisdom of God (Proverbs)
- Listening to God (Joan of Arc)
- Tough-mindedness (Standing for God)
A couple of weeks back when I had asked a young regular-church-attending man how he was doing, he replied, “Not so good…I lost my job.” According to my young friend, one of his co-workers initiated an argument…it escalated…he took the bait, and they were both fired. We prayed on the spot, and I suggested he begin his every day going forward, given our current Ecclesiastes 3-season, with Psalm 91 and Ephesians 6:10-20…before he sets one foot on the floor.
But how would he have known or thought to do this as a young man, like most young men, suffering severe malnourishment in the art, or even the idea of spiritual warfare and how to fight? But that fact is only one aspect of the Ephesians 6 coin. It is our Shield of Faith in His Word (Sword of the Spirit 6:17), that actually fills our Armor from head to toe. Would my young friend still have his job had he started that fateful day putting on his full armor? Only God can say. Did Job put on his full armor on the fateful morning of the day he lost everything? Only God can say. But we do know it was the faith of Job that saw him through it all.
Now, stop and think of what it means in a world of spiritually-disarmed Christian men facing this…
“You know that these predators are looking in Florida. Every time there’s a disaster like this there is opportunity to traffic kids. And no one is going to know. You’re gonna say, ‘I lost my child, what happened?’ I must have lost them in the storm and away they go. This is who they are. They create every one of these events in one way or another to be opportunistic…to ultimately do one thing. Traffic kids. Think about that. Wars create orphans. Natural Disasters create orphans. Birthing clinics create orphans. Where are they all going?” ~ Scott Kesterson/BardsFM, “Little Ones & Millstones”
…while gleefully and voluntarily hypodermically exterminating themselves! ~ Here Comes The Next Bioweapon!
…every ugly truth of it prophesied:
While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with a child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of the night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:3-6
If I had a dime for every Christian brother and sister literally dreaming of the Rapture in their sleep, I’d be a very wealthy man. Why is that brother Chip? Well, if you had spiritual eyes to see, you’d see the signs on the front doors of just about every church in America that reads, NO SPIRITUAL WEAPONS ALLOWED!
Jude warned us. The enemy needed us disarmed. The enemy needed us to forget who we are. And the enemy needed us to turn a deaf ear to the prophetic voice. I was recently attacked by a man we will simply refer to as Jimmy Neutron. It is the heart of Psalms, the wisdom of Proverbs, and the Full Armor of God that equips us to see that it is not Jimmy Neutron attacking us, it is the character(s) of the Ephesians 6:12 enemy behind Jimmy. There is no greater prophetic voice and teaching than what I have come to fully trust in Robin Bullock. Robin breaks down the 4 ranks of spirit, the 4 aspects and personalities of the enemy in 6:12, and how each one comes at us. How in the world is it possible to fight an enemy we don’t know, and can’t see? Please watch.
I want to leave you with the work of two fully armed (intellectually & spiritually) brothers I follow. The first is Jordan Peterson who gives his 12 Rules for Life for us as men to follow. And the second is Scott Kesterson in this great Bards episode describing how a great church and a good sheriff teamed up to confound tyranny in California. A MUST! This is Pastor Dave’s Church of Glad Tidings.
A Psalm (Heart) & Proverb (Wisdom) a Day Drives the Tyrant Away! PS 66:2 Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious, PR 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son’s name? Surely you know!