This morning at my church service the Pastor taught from the latter portion of Ephesians 6 on ‘The Whole Armor Of God’. This is one of the first parts of Scripture that I ever read and studied in depth on my fantastic journey.
This week I’m celebrating the 4-year / 48-month anniversary of when my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ rescued me from evil and darkness, saved me, and told me to believe in Him and follow Him towards The Light. I did, and 5 months later I went public with my faith by attending a church service for the first time in over 30 years. That was on Sunday January 21ST 2007. About 3 months after that I bought my very first Bible ever – “New Believer’s Bible: First Steps For New Christians” – at the Living Way Bible Bookstore in Downtown Homestead. About a month later the very first person that I formally met at that very first church service – Anne J. – bought me a really nice bible cover to protect my valuable investment in The Truth. Inscribed on the lower-right-hand corner of the front of the Bible cover is a sword pointing to ‘Eph. 6:17’. As soon as I saw that I went to the Scripture, and I let The Truth soak in to my heart and my soul. It read, “Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of The Spirit, which is the Word Of God.”
In an unloving and an uncaring secular world I knew that as an outsider of the world I would need His armor to protect myself from the persistent enemy and his legion of followers that lurk in the darkness all around me. While the world rejected me over and over again, that same world wants me back – so that it can use me all over again. I refuse to give in. I refuse to go back to the lies. I refuse to be a servant of this world. I stand before God The Almighty One. I walk in peace as a Disciple of God. I am in this spiritual battle until the very end, and I will ensure that ‘The Whole Armor Of God’ is ON !
I’m forgiven. Because You were forsaken
I’m accepted. You were condemned
I’m alive and well. Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again
It’s In The Lyrics:
On this Independence Day we celebrate Freedom here in the free nation. But Freedom exists in more ways than you may think. Are you really truly free ?
In Galatians Chapter 4 – Verses 1 to 12 – The Bible Says:
1 Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had.
2 They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set.
3 And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world.
4 But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.
5 God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children.
6 And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”
7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are His child, God has made you His heir.
8 Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist.
9 So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world ?
10 You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years.
11 I fear for you. Perhaps all my hard work with you was for nothing.
12 Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to live as I do in freedom from these things, for I have become like you Gentiles — free from those laws.
I ask again. Are you really truly free ? Do you do what the world tells you to do, and say what the world tells you to say ? Are you a slave to the world around you ? Is this the same world that accepted you – then rejected you ?
That’s something that God will never do – reject you. Whether you believe it or not – he will always accept you. He will always rescue you and save you from the uncaring and disappearing world around you. He will pull you out of the evil and the darkness that you are consumed by. He will lead you with His arms wide open onto a fantastic journey that He has created and molded especially for You. He will guide you and lead you into the everlasting daylight that is His Great Glory. If you would just let Him. If you would just surrender yourself to Him. Talk about freedom. Now that’s real true freedom. Take it from me. I was a slave to this world for 39 years, but now I am free. I am free to run. I am free to dance. I am free to live for You. I am free. YES – I am free !
It’s in the lyrics: