Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.... Stand Ephesians 6:13
A soldier does not go into battle without his uniform. He checks to make sure everything is in place, and in excellent condition. He takes much time to prepare before he goes into the heat of the battle.
I found comfort in the words my brother, who walking into several war situations with the US Army told me, "Not to worry for I am well trained, those who are ill prepared will not be sent out, and remember, we belong to Jesus so we will see each other again, no matter what, God controls the storms!"
As Christians we enter into spiritual warfare everyday of our lives. There is a great battle going on for our own souls as well as the souls around us. This fight is invisible, but real none the less, it is not against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalites unseen, against wickedness!
Don't forget your armor this morning for the enemy is lurking about as a lion ready to devor anyone he can. When we are young, we learn to sit at the feet of Jesus, when we are older we learn to walk with Him in the armor. When we are older still, we learn to stand in that armor, and stand against evil. Are you taking a stand against evil in your life?
I remember a quote...All it takes is good people to do nothing for evil to win.
Get in the fight, and stand up for what is right and good, and pure, and when you have done all to stand...then STAND some more! Overcome evil with good, and one day we will STAND in heaven where every foe will be vanquished!
Wield that sword carefully...for it is a sharp two edged blade that can injure if not used properly.