“The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).
Memorial Day has come and gone. This day reminded me to be thankful for those willing to defend our country and fight, if necessary, for our freedom and safety. As I consider the daily life of a Christian, I realize how warfare and fighting are absolute necessities. The Apostle Paul often compared our walk in this world as a fight…not with other people, but with evil and anti-Christ “forces.” The clash is described as light verses darkness. As Christians, our challenge is not to see how close we can live to darkness, but to “cast off the works of darkness.” Let’s make the resolve that “darkness will have no hold over me.” Creation teaches us that darkness can only be displaced by light. Paul tells us to “put on the armor of light.” How do we do this? As I read the Word of God, I see that God’s Word is light. Psalm 119:130 says, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” My first piece of armor is the Word of God. It’s amazing to me how many who proclaim themselves followers of Jesus rarely get into the Word…or should I say, get the Word into them. The enemy has deceived us into thinking that reading the Bible is just a chore and obligation. It’s like the attitude toward vacuuming the floor. I’ll put it off until it really needs to be done. The truth is that reading and studying the Bible is God’s gift to you! His Word brings light to our spirit and truth to our understanding. Professor Howard Hendricks, said, “Many of us want a word from God, but we don’t want the Word of God. We know enough to own a Bible but not enough for the Bible to own us. We pay the Bible lip service, but we fail to give it ‘life service’”(Living by the Book, p. 26). So, the big question is, “How serious are we about living in the victory of Christ?” We’re in a battle where many are falling to the right and left. God has victory in store for you…but, it won’t happen without you. You must do your part to “put on the armor of light.” Start today. Get God’s strategy for victory. Read the Word!
Pastor Mark Boucher