The precious moments we spend alone with Jesus help us to face each day with courage. We are living in the time of the end. Soon there'll be time no more! We cannot estimate the amount of time given to each one of us before our names pass in review before the Great Judge of the earth. Tomorrow is not in our hands; yesterday will never come back, and all we have to change our destiny for time and eternity, is now.
Our Saviour has done all that could be done to ensure our salvation. He has prepared an armor for us especially for such a time as this. Let us examine this very carefully from Ephesians 6:10-18.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:10,11.
As much as David could not conquer Goliath using Saul’s armour - no matter how strong it was,- we too cannot stand against the wiles of the devil in our strength and might. Our own armour will not do it, but God's. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Our battle is beyond our strength. We need to lift up our eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh our help. As though we didn't understand it the first time the Bible repeats itself and says, "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
We are faced with the greatest evil day, and daily we go through "evil days". Days in which, families are separated, children alienated, all because of the gospel. We suffer privation, hunger, persecution, and some it has cost them their lives. God says, In order to withstand these, take My whole armour. When death strikes in the family, take the whole armour! When derided, mocked, ridiculed, when we lose all like faithful Job... take the whole armour. When love fails, and men bear false witness about us, when church members tear us apart because of this everlasting gospel....take the whole armour. "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Rom 8:18. These and many others are preparing us to stand. "and having done all, to stand" If we are to stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion, we must stand now! We must put on the whole armour so that we may resist the enemy now, thereby daily preparing our foreheads for the name of God to be written, the seal to be placed.
It's not easy, but possible in Christ Jesus if we take the whole armour! How are we to stand today? "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness." John 17:17 "Sanctify them by thy truth, thy word is truth." Jesus is the truth! The belt keeps the armour from falling; it cannot be too loose without being at a risk of the enemy's attacks. In like manner, we cannot be found lacking in the truth regarding our times, and the truth about Jesus and the Father. We cannot now choose which part of truth to take and which to disregard without being exposed to the enemy. It must be about us as a belt, keeping other articles of the armour intact. In Psalm 40:8 the Savior declares, "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.." The breastplate is meant to shield the heart. The law of God is righteous and good, if kept in the heart, it will help us to do the will of God, always!
"And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked". Wheresoever we go, we leave footprints behind; we are encouraged to leave prints of the gospel of peace. To bring hope and courage to men and help them to lift up their heads for indeed our redemption draws nigh.
Oh that shield of faith! Not our faith but the faith of Jesus. "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" Rev 14:12. It is the faith Paul lived by; "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Gal 2:20. What kind of faith did Jesus have? "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God" Heb 12:2. He endured all for the joy that was set before Him.
Sunday Law is coming with all its trouble for God's people, but if we know what lies ahead of us we will endure like the Savior. Privation, scorn, persecution, death, ridicule will not move us, for are we not looking forward to standing with the Lamb on Mount Zion? "For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin." Hebrews 12:3-4
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints" Salvation should be the theme of our constant meditation. "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." Rev 3:11.
Let’s learn from the Savior how to be masters of the sword, using it with great skill against the enemy. For in the crisis ahead of us only the true knowledge of scripture will help us; knowledge we are to attain now!
Finally, praying as the Savior did; for ourselves and for the saints and for those who'll believe the word of God.