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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Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

This verse is probably one of the most famous, if the not the most famous, verse in the Bible. There is so much truth and doctrine found in this one verse.

I want to put something out from this verse, that we as Christians need to remember. I think that sometimes Christians forget who they are and who they were before they got saved and start acting like a ‘little g’ god.

Christians are to be Christ-like. We should live in such a way that shows those around us that we are Christians. Our speech and our actions should also point people to Christ.

The very first part of this verse says, “For God so loved the world…” God loves the sinner, no matter the sin. God hates sin, they are many verses in the Bible that talk about that, but on the flip-side He loves the sinner.

We cannot hate the sinner more than we hate sin. Because when we do, we go against God.

Get mad at sin!

Preach against sin!

Warn others about the dangers of sin!

But NEVER, NEVER hate the sinner more than you hate the sin!

You can hate the sin, yet still love the sinner! You can hate the sin, yet still want that sinner to accept Christ as their Saviour…just like you did!

You are a sinner, yet someone loved you enough to share the Gospel with you so that you can accept Christ.

You can be godly without hating the sinner. You can be godly without loving the sin. DON’T mix the two up!

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Why Does God Hate Lying So Much?

As humans, we classify sin into different categories. Some may murder as the worst sin on their list. Others may have any type of sexual abuse on the top of their list. Some may have stealing, whatever the case is, we all classify sin differently. It the justice system, there is different penalties for different types of wrongdoing. Everyone, everywhere classifies sin in someway.

We all know that God hates sin. He kicked Lucifer out of Heaven because of sin. He kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden because of sin. He even created a place called Hell for sin. God hates sin.

“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among the brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19

When I read these verses, to me it feels like God hates these seven things a little more than all the rest. In these seven things, 2 of them specifically talk about lying and you can even argue that another one is indirectly related to lying.

God is telling us that there is no such thing as a white lie or a little lie or anything like that, a lie is a lie, no matter how big or how small it may seem. Can you imagine all the problems we could avoid if we hated lying as much as God hated it.

Why does God hate lying so much? Because it caused Him to punish His creation, man and woman, and kick them out of the Garden of Eden. Can you imagine the pain God felt when He punished Adam and Eve? His creation, humans whom He created in His image, he had to punish and it all started with a lie.

Satan came to Eve in DECEIT. He came with a lie, He twisted the Word of God into his own word. He lied, deceived and tricked Eve into eating the fruit from the tree. Eve responded to Satan’s DECEIT with DISOBEDIENCE. Eve disobeyed the Word of God because she believed a lie from Satan. Because Eve DISOBEYED, God had to punish mankind and He did that through DEATH. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Genesis 3:19 We see God here telling Adam and Eve that they will return to dust. They will eventually die.

Sin is always a progression. It may start with a little lie, that will turn into something else and by the end, lives are destroyed. There is no such thing as a little lie, they are all big lies in God’s sight and He hates them. Let us watch our mouths and guard our tongues and only speak what is truth and what is right.

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