Arm Yourselves

Arm Yourselves.

A phrase that as soon as most people hear it, they think of grabbing a weapon or something and being ready for a fight of some sort.

The word ‘arm’ in this phrase means to furnish or equip with weapons, to furnish with something that strengthens or protest, to equip or ready for action or operation, to prepare oneself for struggle or resistance.

In Sunday School yesterday, we read a verse in the Bible that had this phrase in it. Since then, I have been thinking about it quite a bit.

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”

I Peter 4:1

This verse tells us to arm ourselves with the same mind, the mind of Christ. We see in this verse that Christ suffered in the flesh; yet, while in the flesh, he ceased from sin or he did no sin.

We, as humans, are born sinners. There is no other way around that fact. We have to be taught how to be good. We have to be taught how to do right. I don’t have to teach my children how to lie, steal, disobey, throw fits, misbehave…they already are experts at that. I do have to teach them how to tell the truth, not steal, obey, be level headed, and do right.

Because sin just comes so naturally to us, we have to arm ourselves. We have to protect ourselves, we have to strengthen ourselves, we have to be ready for action when sin is presented. We are in a constant spiritual battle everyday between right and wrong, good and evil. Many times, Christians go to battle unprepared, unarmed and they lose and they fall. We have everything we need in the Word of God to arm ourselves and fight against sin.

I like reading and studying about the armor of God found in Ephesians 6. In that chapter, we only see one thing that we can use to fight with. Yes, there is a whole list of pieces of armor to put on for protection, but only weapon. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” Ephesians 6:17 Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Matthew 4:4 says “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Jesus was tempted by Satan in this chapter, this story is the only temptation of Jesus we see in the Bible. To combat Satan and this temptation Jesus used Scripture. We can make a long study out of the mind of Christ and what we should arm ourselves with, but simply we need to think like Christ and use Scripture to fight sin. This is why we are commanded to use it in Ephesians 6:17.

Trying to live the Christian life without the Bible is like trying drive a car without fuel (or power for all the electric cars out there) you just can’t. You don’t see soldiers going into battle with flip-flops and a beach towel, no, they are geared up, they are armed with weapons, they are ready to fight.

We need to arm ourselves with the Word of God, everything in there is what God wants you to know. There is instruction on how to live right and how to avoid sin. If we use the Word of God to fight against sin with, you will sin less.

As a parent, I find it crucial to teach my children the difference between right and wrong. Not because I decide something is right or something is wrong, but because the Bible says it. At some point my children will have to arm themselves with the Word of God and fight against sin, because daddy and mommy won’t be there to help them. I want my kids to know what the Bible says about lying, about stealing, about disobeying. I want them to know what the Bible says about having a walk with God, going soulwinning, attending church. I want them to know what the Bible says, believe what the Bible says, so that one day they can fight their own battles against sin.

Have you armed yourself today with the Word of God? Are you ready to fight sin and temptation today? Are you going to defeat sin today or are you going to be defeated by sin today? It is your choice if you arm yourself. No one is going to make you arm yourself today. Pick up the Word, read the Word, practice the Word, arm yourself with the Word!

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3 Reasons Why I Won’t Tell My Children Santa Claus Is Real

This is a touchy subject in churches today. As a children’s worker, I have heard before that we shouldn’t tell the children that Santa Claus isn’t real. If their parents want them to believe that, then that is up to them. And I agree. But at the same time, I am not going to stand there and tell the child that Santa is real because I won’t be dishonest with the kid.

I came up with 3 logical reasons why I won’t tell my children Santa Claus is real.

  1. Promoting that Santa is real is a DISTRACTION from the real reason for the season, Jesus Christ. There are many different things that can distract us from celebrating the real person of Christmas, why do we need to add Santa to that. Telling a kid that Santa is real will distract them from focusing on the birth of Jesus Christ. That child goes to sleep on Christmas Eve and all they are thinking about is what is Santa bringing me. Celebrating the birth of Christ doesn’t even cross their mind. You say, ‘Oh but they are just kids, let them believe in Santa.’ Children are sponges when it comes to what they are being taught, whether we realize it or not. So teach them that Jesus Christ is why we celebrate Christmas, don’t even add another distraction in the form of Santa Claus.
  2. Promoting that Santa is real may leave DOUBT in their mind about everything you say after they find out the truth. I want my children to trust me as they grow up. I want them to have faith in the Word of God, in Jesus Christ. But if they believe in Santa and they find out he is just a fictional character, how will they think about Jesus Christ and the Christian faith and serving the Lord. I haven’t seen Jesus Christ, but I believe He is real and one day I will meet Him, but I won’t ever meet the real Santa Claus who delivers presents to every house in 24 hours. We can hurt our children’s beliefs by teaching them to believe in something that isn’t real just because we think it’s cute. What faith do they have in you when you tell them about Jesus and Heaven and Hell or will they doubt what you say because you lied to them about Santa Claus. Just think about it!
  3. Santa Claus is a fictional character that DENIES the existence of God. You may be thinking “That’s a bold statement, Caleb!” Well let me explain, I already said that it is a distraction from Christ. Let’s talk about that song, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Let’s start with, “He’s making a list, And checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s

Naughty and nice.” Reminds me of a list that God said He has, the Book of Life.

The Book of Life has all who accepted Christ as their Saviour written down in it,

whether you have been ‘naughty or nice.’ You shouldn’t be worried about about

Santa’s list but whether your name is in the Book of Life or not. And as a parent, you should be praying for your child that they would get that settled as early as they can in life.

Next thing is “He sees you when you’re sleeping, He knows when you’re awake, He knows if you’ve been bad or good, So be good for goodness sake!” God is an omniscient or all-knowing God. He is the only one who knows everything about everyone all the time. This Santa Claus is saying He is all-knowing also, sounds like he is trying to take the place of God.

So in my opinion, Santa isn’t only used to distract us from Christ, but in a sense saying that He is like God. Makes me think of another character from the Bible who wanted to be like God, his name was Lucifer, more commonly referred to as Satan. Satan wanted to be like God, He wanted to take the place of God and in result he was kicked out of Heaven. Now Satan walks to and fro throughout the earth, this reminds me of Santa. Satan can’t be everywhere at once, neither can Santa. Satan doesn’t know your thoughts, but he can see what you are doing, whether it is bad or good, reminds me of Santa.

And what is Satan’s number one goal? It is to distract us from Christ, deny Christ, denounce Christ anyway he can. I don’t think it is no coincidence that you can spell Santa and Satan with the same letters. Just some food for thought.

So I will not ever tell my children that Santa Claus is real. I will tell them he is fake, he doesn’t bring them presents, none of that mess. I am not trying to ruin their childhood. I just want them to understand that Jesus Christ is why we celebrate Christmas and everything we do is centered around Him.

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Spoiled Christianity

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:6-8

Spoiled Christianity

Spoiled – to damage severely or harm, especially with reference to its excellence, value, usefulness, etc.: to diminish or impair the quality of; to affect detrimentally; to impair, damage, or harm the character or nature of someone by unwise treatment, excessive indulgence, etc.

Satan’s number one goal is to destroy the Christian. That is his way at getting back at God for kicking him out of Heaven. The way Satan gets the Christian is by destroying the Christian’s Christianity. He wants to spoil your Christianity. He wants to damage your Christianity and diminish its effectiveness in your life and the lives of others.

Christians need to be rooted in Christ. We need to know why we believe what we believe and why we practice what we practice. A root system doesn’t just go straight down into the ground, it branches out to give the plant stability during storms. Too many Christians have shallow roots and when a storm blows, they just topple over and are blown away.

Christians need to be built up in Christ. The roots, or foundation, is the part that is underneath the ground that no one can see. Without it, the plant or structure will not stand. When we are built up in Christ, that is what others can see. Being built up in Christ is the Christianity that we display on a daily basis. It is what others see of us. We need to live a life that is not only grounded in Christ but also displays Christ through our actions.

Christians need to be established in the faith. Our faith in Christ and His Word is what will help us through the good times and the bad times. Yes, we have to place our faith and trust in Christ to save us, but don’t let it stop there. Place your faith in Christ to supply your needs, to comfort you during sad times, to calm the storm. Build and establish your faith in CHrist as that is what makes us a stronger Christian.

Satan sees you trying to be rooted in Christ. Satan sees you building your life in Christ.Satan see you trying to strengthen your faith in Christ. What does he want to do with that? He wants to spoil you! He wants to damage and destroy you and make you and your testimony useless for Christ.

Satan is out to spoil your Christianity!

He wants to…

Strip your treasure

Pierce your heart

Oppress your spirit

Injure your testimony

Laugh at your foolishness

Like I mentioned the other day, we have to be sober and vigilant so that Satan can’t get in and spoil us.

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