Marriage and Family
“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:13
Take up…..my responsibility
Full armor of God…not some, but all the armor. God’s armor protects me from spiritual attacks
Evil Day…any day that we experience serious temptation
Having done everything…wow! Sometimes there is much I can do, sometimes there is little, but there is always something I can do!
Stand firm…unmovable. Solid. Strong. I will only be, when I have God as my armor.
As I start this blog, I am getting ready to go to bed for the night in a hotel room at a retreat in Newport, Or. Once was a day that I would not have been able to stay in a hotel room without turning on the TV and watching something that I should not have watched. I’m often reminded about the man that I once was. I am no longer that man! Jesus has made me new!
The first thing I did when I got into the hotel room was to pray for the TV. I kneeled beside the bed and told God that I would not turn on the TV while I was there. Could I have watched a show? You bet! Could I have been innocent in that? Of course! I’ve learned over the last eleven years that I grow not from doing everything I want and can do, but from choosing what is best for my relationships.
I am reminded that I cannot be too careful when it comes to safe guarding my relationships. My relationship with God, my relationship with my wife, and my relationship with my boys. As I make a choice to put on the full armor of God, I not only protect my relationship with Jesus but I also protect my family. Putting on the full armor of God is a safe guard for your marriage and your family!
My encouragement for us this week: Put the full armor of God on every day for the sake of your marriage and family!
3 Simple (not easy!) Steps to Putting on the Full Armor of God
- Read and apply God’s Word, everyday
- Pray honestly and intimately, everyday
- Choose to do what’s right, everyday
Have a Great Week!