MAY 2012 NUGGETS OF TRUTH
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DRESSED AND READY TO GO!

 

Generally, each of us has a routine when we get up in the morning before we start our daily tasks. We get dressed and off we go.

 

How do we prepare our day?  Could we liken our daily life to being out on the sea?  All is calm (for a while); then waves come and bombard us (challenges, problems, hurts).   Perhaps a stray piece of wood, shell, bottle or other debris hits us, causing bruises, cuts or pain (i.e. sickness and sorrows).  The sun, that we generally love, begins to burn and blister. (In life, we like to call it “burn out”).  We can easily become dehydrated from the burning heat. We find ourselves incapacitated (spiritually malnutrition).

 

Could it be that we are failing to put on the “proper clothes” to prepare us for the hours that are ahead?

 

What I am about to reveal speaks to us as Christians.  The person, who does not know Jesus, can never achieve these principles.  They are God-given.  Knowing the how-to of preparation for daily living means that we must know the Scriptures.  Therein is the key to a successful life.

 

Quick review: Remember, we are a triune being: body, soul and spirit.  Our body houses our soul and spirit.  If we take care of our body properly, it will give us strength and energy for a long and productive life.   Our soul is comprised of our mind, will and emotions.  Unfortunately, we are often controlled by our emotions and self-will.  The real “us” is our spirit.  When we become born again, Holy Spirit, Who is perfect in all His ways, takes up residence in our spirit. 

 

The body and soul were not redeemed or changed upon salvation.  This is where discipline, according to the Word of God, comes in.  The soul is called self or flesh; and must be surrendered to the Lord in order to have the blessings of God (see Romans 8; 12:1-2).  Our walk down the highway of life is to be a Spirit-filled walk.

 

WE MUST UNDERSTAND WHO WE ARE AND WHO GOD IS, BEFORE WE CAN UNDERSTAND HOW TO PREPARE OURSELVES FOR EACH DAY.

 

Ephesians 6:10-19 tells us what we are to wear (and do) every day.  Let’s look:

 

To Do:

We are to stand strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

We are to know our enemy and his tactics.

 

We are to wear the proper garments (armor) which are ...

            Belt of Truth (Truth sets us free)

            Breastplate of righteousness (We were made righteous by the blood of Jesus)

            Sandals of peace. (Guiding our footsteps)

            Shield of Faith (Our protection)

            Helmet of Salvation (We must know that we know Jesus)

            Word of Truth (We need our daily dose of Scripture to sustain us)

 

            To Do, continued:

            Continued prayer for ourselves and intercession for others (Our purpose in life).

            We are to witness with boldness (Our duty and blessing).

 

In doing the above, we are preparing ourselves against the “darts” that the enemy throws at us and we are protected.

 

Another necessary article of clothing: We are to be “clothed with humility.” In 1 Peter 5:5-10.  The Word tells us “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  The best part comes when we humble ourselves before the Lord, He then promises to lift us up.

 

“...As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,“ Proverbs 23:7. Therefore, we are to be on guard how we think and what emotions we are going through.  A great remedy for negative thinking comes by praising and thanking the Lord.  ... Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name” Hebrews 13:15. 

Keep your environment surrounded with good, uplifting music for it brings peace and joy.

When we apply Scripture, these disciplines lift us from the cares of life. The Word will cure our negativity.

You may be saying “That is too much!”  My friend, no it isn’t.  We can walk in this reality everyday, as we depend on the Lord. 

 

“Well,” you say, “I blow it all the time.”  Here is the great good news (and what I call a wonderful gift and safety net):  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”  1 John 1:9.  Remember, the Lord loves us with such an unconditional, unfailing love and He longs to forgive, help, and empower us. His desire is that we know Him and live a life of love, joy, and peace in harmony with others.

 

“... in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us

Romans 8:37.

With love and blessings,

 

 

Jan