You see the guy in armor? Knocked down, thrashed by the enemy, debating with himself about continuing the fight? That has been me, many, many times.
Yes, I completely agree with the Apostle Paul’s encouragement in Ephesians chapter 6 that in the midst of spiritual warfare, we can STAND in the full armor of God.
This spiritual armor (readiness to witness, the righteousness of Christ, firmness in truth, confidence of one’s salvation, Word the God on our lips, prayer in the Spirit, and ABOVE ALL, faith in Jesus Christ) is GOD’S ARMOR given to us.
God’s armor is COMPLETELY able to make us victorious in the fight against the hosts of evil. When the battle is over, and the dust settles, the enemy flees, and WE REMAIN STANDING.
I praise God for this armor. I have won any number of spiritual battles because of it.
But to be completely honest, I have also had any number of battles where I got beat up, smacked around, and knocked to the ground in failure.
NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THE ARMOR.
The problem lies with the one wearing it. ME!
Arrogant Christians puzzle me. I’ve not had too much of a chance to be “proud” of my spiritual accomplishments.
Failure seems to be a pretty good and frequent means of demolishing my pride.
I tell my congregation, “If you see me getting on my high horse, don’t worry. Just pray for me. It’s only a matter of time, and I will be back on the ground, learning another lesson in humility.”
HAVE YOU BEEN WOUNDED IN THE BATTLE?
In other words, have you fallen in sin?
Now the devil is busy reminding you what a terrible person you are.
How God is really tired of your repeated failures, and tormenting you with the question, “How could you POSSIBLY call yourself a Christian?”
There are times you just have to say to the devil, “SHUT-UP!”
It also helps to remember WHY Jesus came into your life. Jesus came into your life because he loves you in order to SAVE you.
Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32).
Also, remember WHEN Jesus came into your life.
Jesus came into your life when you were a SINNER. BEFORE you loved and trusted him and had begun to follow him.
You were certainly no garden of roses then. You are not a whole lot better now.🙂
But Jesus knew what he was getting into when he chose to come into your life. He is NOT surprised by your failures.
So having come into your life THEN, would he now change his mind about you NOW? Of course not.
I don’t know who came up with this saying, but it is a good one.
“God is not disillusioned with you. He was under no illusions about you to begin with!”
Jesus said, “I give my sheep eternal life and they shall never perish. No one can snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
So who are you going to believe? Your sore conscience or Jesus?
Does the fallen knight remind you of you?
Well, let me say to you what I have to say to myself in those times of failure.
“GET BACK UP AND FIGHT!”