Sometimes the prospect of turning from darkness or leaving behind secret sins or enjoying the freedom from bondage can cause a person to falter. They might ponder retreat from the things of God or seek to remain in the perceived comfort of their situation for fear of the battle to be fought, if he or she takes the time to face the secret sin will prove too much for them to handle. Pressing forward seems daunting and impossible, but it is so worth it. Just as a parent points out to a child the areas to deal with for personal character and integrity to develop, dealing with sin does the same for a believer. Spiritual strength cannot grow or protect if sin resides within the believer. A long time missionary of the International Mission board proclaims, “I do not have a ceremony of putting on the armor, but I definitely do so by, studying the Word, spending time in prayer, and keeping a short account with the Lord—I try not to let sin after sin to build up a long account that requires reckoning. I strive to repent as soon as I realize I have sinned.” (Name with held for security reasons). Consider the fact that every piece of armor placed on the soldier rests on his or her front side. Nothing covers the back. In the article titled, What is the rear guard of a believer and why is it important, we discussed the fact that there is a covering that protects the back as a believer encounters spiritual warfare. Isaiah 58:8 states that the glory of the LORD is the believer’s rear guard when the believer has allowed God’s righteousness to go before him and he has surrendered to God the proper type of fasting. “[Rather] is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every [enslaving] yoke?” Isaiah 58:6, AMP). God covers the believer’s back when the believer submits to Him and places righteousness on his or her front through Jesus Christ. The adversary will do whatever it takes to destroy a believer’s trust in the LORD’s righteous armor on the front of the solider and the rear guard of glory on the backside of the soldier. If he can keep believers from lifting up the Most High God, he perceives that it lifts him up. In effect, a believer’s choice influences the perception of the enemy’s position. Sin not confessed elevates the enemy. Sin confessed and repented of elevates the Son of God. It is a simple fact, but often so difficult to follow through with especially when a pet sin brings perceived pleasures. Surrendered strength moves forward trusting the armor’s integrity established in the righteousness of Christ, through His salvation and His Word on the front side and on the rear, the LORD’s glory. When the full armor and the glory of the LORD rests secure on the body of a believer bonds are broken and captives are set free, enabled to walk and grow in his or her spiritual journey of ever increasing glory (2 Cor. 3:18).
The blessing that comes is that letting go and letting God handle it gives a believer a great sense of humor, too. A beloved retired pastor’s wife named, Nancy, in Omaha states, “I got my armor on! Truthfully, I have armor pajamas!” Do you have your armor on?
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