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Using the Armor

December 1, 2009

Tonight I have the privilege and honor of being able to share with my community. These friends, partners, comrades are also my family, part of the family of God. They are people I eat with, hang with, and share life with but they are also people that I am stepping into ministry with as we are in the process of preparing to launch a new ministry in a few short weeks.

One of the images God keeps bringing to mind as I pray for this group is the full armor of God. When we wear this armor we are protected, prepared, and equipped. We are ever aware of our need for the armor and as verse 18 states, we learn to be alert and always praying.

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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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. (Ephesians 6:13-18)

The armor protects our waist, our chest, our feet, our head, and fills our hands with the sword and shield so we can wield off attacks and protect our heart and core. One key part that is left unprotected though is our back. That is part of where we need others. We need to be a part of community so that we watch the backs of others. We need to have our back protected by others.

Tonight I have the privilege to come alongside the men and women who are preparing for this ministry, to uplift, encourage, and sharpen them. To cast, receive, and refine vision. I also have the privilege of coming alongside them, especially the men who will lead us, and taking up my armor so that I can be alert and always praying in a way that protects them, defends them, and cares for them. What an honor it is to be a part of others lives and to know that together we are seeking to live out the gospel and be conformed to the likeness of the Jesus. May he be glorified in and through us.

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