Words from the Heart for Sunday November 13th, 2016
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
Ephesians 6:11 (NIV)
The Full Armour of God
When we fight the spiritual battles, we do not fight alone. God fights with us and for us. And when we fight, we do not use our own weapons and defenses. God has provided what we need to stand firm in faith so that we will not shrink back. Are you fighting the battle alone or with God’s power? Are you standing firm by depending upon His defenses and weapons?
Originally formed as the Canadian Cavalry Corps in 1910, Canada’s first tank units were not raised until late in 1918. Initially these units were considered to be part of the Machine Gun Corps and the 1st Canadian Tank Battalion. Tanks were forgotten by the Cavalry after World War I, although in the 1930s there were some small attempts at mechanization with motorcycles, experimental armoured cars and the purchase of a few tracked Carden-Loyd machine gun carriers for training. The first tanks since the First World War arrived when a few machine gun armed Vickers Mark VI light tanks appeared in 1938, one year before Canada went to war with Germany again. From these modest beginnings the modern Canadian Armoured Corps began on August 13, 1940. Towards the close of the Second World War, the Corps was subsequently bestowed the honour of the ‘Royal’ designation by King George VI in 1945.
Members of the military work hard in preparing for battle. The take part in what are called games, but the reality is they are not games in the sense of sitting around a table with friends for the evening. The military exercises are deadly serious, helping the military personnel get ready for the day when they find themselves in a life and death situation. The success of a military campaign depends on both preparedness and equipment and in the spiritual battle that we are called to as followers of Christ, we are called to exercise our faith and God promises that He will provide the equipment that we need. Paul instructs us in Ephesians 6:11 to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” We must never forget that we are always involved in a spiritual battle. It is when we forget and let down our guard that we are defeated and easily fall into sin. Paul goes on to list the various pieces of armour and weaponry that God provides, things like the breastplate of righteousness that guards our hearts and the helmet of salvation that guards our minds. And the weapons we need as well – the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God, for example. God has provided all you need to walk in victory today.
These have been words from the heart.