Monday, June 30, 2008

Don't Be a Chicken

Praise the Lord for the picture He gave us this morning on our front steps. Some of the hens got out of the Hen Pen on Thursday. We thought they were all back in, but this morning we found carnage:

The hen would not have been killed and devoured if she would have stayed or came back into the pen, within the protection of the fence. She was not prepared for the unseen that lay in wait.

Did you know that you are being sought to be devoured?

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NKJV)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
Evil is here, seeking to devour you. So how do we resist him, how do we keep steadfast in the faith?

Ephesians 6:10-17 (KJV)
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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 therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

The sword is His Word, the Bible, scripture. What size is your sword? Do you have a pen-knife, paper-plate hat, grocery-bag breastplate, dental-floss belt, cardboard shield, and flip-flops? The battle is real and followers of Christ who are ready to stand need the whole armour of God.

Be prepared. Get into and study God's Word. Pray.

Don't be a chicken.