“Praise the Lord, who is my rock, He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.” Psalm 144:1
CHAPTER THREE - Ready to Suit Up? (Our Loins!)
Understanding our weaknesses when we do not have this suit on, understanding our emotions even while we do have this suit on, and understanding the ways of our adversary as he attempts to deceive us into believing that he has left, that there is no need, that we are radical, unconventional, emotional, and a crazed zealot against him. It does no good for us to suit up for battle without first understanding and equipping ourselves with skills that enable us to utilize this armor. We need to renew our mind to understand why we need this armor! Our emotions, our passions, our vigilance, and our willingness and readiness to contend for the faith will determine our ability to endure as a good soldier as we have been encouraged to.
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2Timothy 2:3
Our great God, knowing this teaches us to think other ways, for example, God tells us so many times, “Fear not, neither be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8, Or “Fret not thyself over evil doers.” Psalm 37:1, and “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 Our God knows us, our emotions, and our fears. These things are never hidden from God and for this cause God tells us to fear not! The absolute greatest emotion that we will struggle with is, Fear! “Fret not thyself over evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.” Psalm 37:1, all throughout the Bible God instructs us to not fear, to rejoice, to not be irritated or agitated, so many things that deal with our emotions. It is our emotions that can be our enemy in battle! So moving forward, getting ready to suit up with the whole Armor of God in this battle, we find that we must first get our emotions in check. So now we are instructed to put on the whole armor of God, as we read, “Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole Armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the whiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.