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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Please Don’t Ask Me To Lie

It amazes me that at Christmastime, the time we celebrate the birth of Christ, the Saviour of mankind, we also partake in the sin of lying.

The first recorded sin in the Bible was the lie told by Satan. From the belief of that lie, a decision was made and now we are all sinners. Throughout the Bible we see how much God gates lying. In Proverbs 6, it’s part of the things the Lord hates.

Yet at Christmas, we lie. We lie and tell our children that Santa is real. We lie and tell them that he brings them presents based on whether they have been good or bad. We lie and tell them that he eats the cookies and and drinks the milk.

We teach our children not to lie. We teach them to be truthful and honest in everything they do. We even discipline them when they lie to us. So why lie to your children about Santa Claus.

My point is, you can tell your children what you want, but please don’t ask me to lie for you. Please don’t expect me to lie either. I don’t have a Bible verse that says that Santa Claus isn’t real so don’t believe in him, but I do have verses about lying. So please don’t ask me to lie.

I promise, I will not go out of my way to tell your child that Santa Claus isn’t real, because that’s between you, your child and God. But I also will promise this, I will not lie to your child either. I will be tactful, I will use wisdom, and in this case, I would just tell your child to go to you as their parent with any questions about Santa Claus.

I would also ask this of you, “Please don’t lie to my children about Santa Claus being real.” You don’t want me undermining your lie of Santa Claus to your child, please don’t undermine the truth I am trying to instill in my child.

I will also ask this of you, “Please don’t expect my children to lie to your child about Santa Claus either.” I will not tell my child to go around and tell other kids that Santa isn’t real, but if at some point it comes up in their conversation that Santa isn’t real, then I apologize that your child found out from my child that you have been lying to them.

As my daughters grow up, I want them to trust everything that their daddy and mommy tell them. I don’t want them to ever have a sliver of doubt in their mind that we may be lying to them. I want them to know that we will always be truthful and honest with them, just like we expect them to be with us. I want them to understand that they may not always like what we tell them, but at the same time, we are telling them the truth to help them, not hurt them.

I understand everyone’s parenting style differs. I know that I am young at this thing of parenthood, 4 years almost, but I am doing my best to raise my children the best way I know how. And one of those ways is by not lying to them, even about Santa Claus. Yes, I know I have areas to grow in and things I need to learn, but from a young age, I was taught not to lie, and now I want to teach my children that.

So to sum it all up, once again, please don’t ask me to lie. Please don’t ask my children to lie. Please don’t lie to my children.

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