Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm a Conquering Warrior!

That's right.



I donned the armor.

Equipped and prepared for battle, I took an offensive stance and faced my foe squarely.



{{ Drum roll...}}





The ivy went down and I came forth... unscathed!



{{ Hear the eruption of the Hallelujah Chorus! }}





It's all in how you approach it; it requires care and diligence. It's important to know your enemy. Last time, I didn't even know that vicious little plant was lurking (and couldn't really have identified it if I did know) and I forged ahead haphazardly. That foolish move caused me much discomfort!



But, having learned an important lesson the hard way, I came out on top this time!

{{ Cheers, applause! }}



Seriously, though... I've kidded a lot about the garden armor, but for those of you that have had your nose in the bible more than a handful of times... isn't this so allegorically God's armor and the unseen battles we fight in the spititual realm?!

Check this out...

Ephesians 6:10-18 from the NIV:

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

13 Therefore 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.

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Isn't that something.

So, as I prepare for the battle in the garden by putting on my so-called armor... it reminds me that to overcome the trials and tribulations of this world, I should also put on the Armor of God...daily.

3 comments:

Cris said...

My dear Pammy, thank you for that awesome reminder of Who we serve and how we can defeat the enemy!

Dot O said...

So glad you defeated the enemy this time and were well prepared, both body and soul!

theArthurClan said...

Great motivating post Pam! Awesome!!

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