Armor Up!!!

IMG_4496.PNGI remember when I was 18 or 19 I had no choice but to walk home from a friends house. I can’t remember the exact reason, but I remember the anxiousness surrounding the situation. I knew the walk would be a long one, I just didn’t know exactly how long. I knew it would be a hot one. I knew it would not be an easy walk. I knew I didn’t want to do it. I also knew I didn’t have a choice. I made the decision to just start walking. So I did. I started this journey with no idea of just how long it would be. What I would encounter along the way. Who I might encounter along the way. It’s a scary thing to a young lady to have to walk alone in this way. Probably to anyone. I’ll get to what happened in a few minutes. But first let’s look at how this situation parallels life.
We are all on a journey. A journey to get where ever it is we hope to get. Be it to become a wife/husband, parent, a certain career choice, or reach financial security and travel. Or get over a hurt or loss we have experienced. To move on from the pain. There are many things we want to experience and do well in this life. So we look at where we are verses where we want to be. And we know we have no choice but to walk our way thorough the journey. Having no idea how long it will take, what we may encounter along the way, who we might encounter along the way, we simply have to walk out in faith. It’s a scary proposition walking out in faith isn’t it? We want so badly to control situations, control our life. We want to dictate how easy the walk should be, who and what we encounter, how long we take this said walk. There is a lot of unknowns here. But luckily for us in this situation, unlike in mine at 18, we are not taking this walk alone. We are walking with a God who loves us and wants good for us. Now I know we have to combat this with living in a very fallen world. And fear is a legit thing. I’ve had to deal with letting go of a lot of fear myself. I have found the only way to do this is to stay grounded in scripture. To fully arm myself in the Armor Of God. In Ephesians 6 we learn what this looks like. “Stand Firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.” Simply put the more we surround ourselves completely with the word and presence of God, the easier it will be to defeat what comes our way. Notice I didn’t say easy, just easier. We might even deflect a few things as well, we just might not know it at the time.
None of us want to walk blindly. But we only have two choices. Stay where we are out of fear. Or decide to armor up and walk out like the warriors we are in Christ. Zechariah 10:5 says, “They will be like mighty warriors in battle, trampling their enemies in the mud under their feet. Since the Lord is with them as they fight, they will overthrow even the enemy’s horsemen.” So what happened to me that day? Just how long did I have to walk? Well luckily for me not too long. A fiend of mine passed me on the road and picked me up. That’s another parallel to life. God is just waiting to pick us up, to save us from a longer walk than necessary. He is just waiting for us to start walking in faith first. Then He can make the walk easier and faster. Heck He might even save you from having to take the walk at all. We just gotta trust and take those first steps. I hope and pray that if fear is holding you back today. If anxiety of what could or might happen is keeping you stuck where you are. That you will release that to God today. Simply say “God I have no idea what’s coming and I’m scared. But starting today I’m going to try and trust it all to you.” And then actually try. Pray that prayer as often as you need to. Read scripture daily. Armor up!!!

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