I love my pajama days.
They are rare but I enjoy staying home wearing nothing but pj’s, no makeup, and just being my natural self. Physically speaking, though, I am unprepared to greet a visitor or would not dare leave the confines of my home. However, spiritually speaking, we are not afforded this luxury in battle. We would never get partially dressed before we headed out the door in the morning. Nor does God want us to be partially dressed when it comes to spiritual warfare.
God has provided clothing, called armor. With this armor, God has supplied everything you and I need to live out the victory that is ours through Christ Jesus. We are fighting not FOR victory but FROM victory. God requires that to appropriate this victory we must be fully dressed, at all times (which I guess means no pajama days in spiritual warfare!).
Why does God require that we be fully dressed in His armor?
So we can stand firm.
I Peter 5:8-9 - “Our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.”
Ephesians 6:13 tells us that we must “put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand.” The Greek word translated "put on" (enduo) carries the idea of permanence. The full armor of God is not something to be put on and taken off occasionally but is something to be put on permanently. God is not going to dress us. He provides what we need, but the responsibility to put it on is ours.
Paul, the writer of Ephesians, wrote these words from a Roman prison as he observed soldiers moving about in their armored uniforms. He used this uniform to correlate what Christians possess in the Lord. Verse 14 tells us to “stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around our waist.” Roman soldiers, in Biblical days, held their clothing in place by fastening a belt around their midsection. The belt of truth is to function as a stabilizing force in our lives. It should surround us like a belt as an antidote to Satan’s lies and deception. He is the father of lies. No wonder it is the first piece of armor we are to put on!
Tony Evans defines truth as “an objective standard by which reality is measured.” Since God is the originator of all origin, only God can be the fixed standard of what is true. Proverbs 30:5 says that God’s word is flawless and He is a shield to all that take refuge in Him. Yet we are living in a time when the concept of truth is relative: based on what we vote it to be, what the majority has decided, or what an individual has reasoned truth to be. If we are honest, as believers, we too have been guilty of predicating truth to be based on how we feel, our intelligence, our personal moral instincts or our own conclusions. 2 Corinthians 10:5 declares that we must “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” This is how the enemy always fails when he comes against a winning warrior who is fully dressed for the occasion.
You and I do not know enough to have independent truth. Even though I have been a Bible believing warrior since I was nine years old (and am now over 70 years old) I do not know truth apart from God’s truth! We must aggressively demolish every argument and pretension or lofty thing that contradicts or counters the truth according to God. If not, it will block out God’s truth.
Please read 2 Corinthians 4:2. We must know the Word of God and be prepared to Renounce and Announce any distortion that comes against it in our feelings, minds, and emotions. To renounce means “to speak out, declare, say off of oneself, to disown with aversion.” Be ready, sister, to sound the shofar and let out a battle cry by renouncing the truth in the enemy’s face.
To announce means just the opposite. It means “to be in harmony with, in one accord with, ready to be heard.” Read Matthew 4:1 – 11. This is exactly what our Jesus did when he was tempted by the devil. We can do this only to the extent that we know the truth!
MY WAR ZONE:
I have been married for 43 years. For 23 years I was married to my first love, the father to my two sons. Then for 20 years, I was married to my second love.
I lost both of them to cancer.
Many times, the enemy has come against me trying to convince me that I am now alone. Especially when coming into my empty house or lying down alone at night. Out loud, I have shouted “I renounce this lie,” and in its place, I announce the truth, “I will never leave you or forsake you,” and “I am loved.” Proclaiming God’s truth helps me overcome Satan’s attacks to my flesh.
YOUR WAR ZONE:
- What is the basis for your own standard of truth?
- Share an experience when you relied on your feelings, opinions of others, instincts or something other than God. How did this affect your life?
- How can you practice “renouncing and announcing” in your life?
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