Sunday, March 13, 2005

Living in the Light

Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with the flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:10-17

Each day we must renew ourselves to live in the light of Christ. Daily we must put on our armor of God, or rather, the armor that is God. We are never always in the light of God, but it is a constant battle to be in the light of Christ, to be part of the one body. For we are never fully saved until we fully accept Christ, accept our armor of God, as just that and to live by, to live with, and to live through that daily. Our focus shouldn't be muddled in sin, rather we should rise above it and use our faith as a shield to block all that is degrading of our relationship with Christ. Only when we accept the armor of God do we become part of that armor.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

"Awake, O Sleeper...."

Brothers and sisters:
You were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light,
for light produces every kind of goodness
and righteousness and truth.
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness;
rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention
the things done by them in secret;
but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
for everything that becomes visible is light.
Therefore, it says:
"Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will give you light."

Ephesians 5:8-14

We must awaken our faith, our love for Christ each and every day. Let not this day be one in which we fail to do so. God bless, and "Awake, O sleeper!"