The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:12 NKJV)
Each day when we awake from our slumber, we are given a new day to live our lives for God. A new day of choices. A new day of promises. A new day to be alive for God's glory. I love how Paul encourages us to put on the armor of light, Jesus Christ (Ro 13:14) so that we can overcome our sinful nature and live for God.
I'm thankful that I am a Christian who has been given the power to change from the inside through God's Holy Spirit dwelling inside of me. How could I live for God otherwise? How else would I have the power to change my heart so that my actions result not from disciplined behavior but from true change that will endure even through the stress of life?
I love God's promise in Galatians regarding the fruit of the Spirit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Gal 5:22 NKJV
We will exhibit the fruit of the Spirit though, only if we allow God's Holy Spirit to have access to our hearts and minds. In other words, it is most likely that if we never or even just occasionally pray and read our Bibles, we will not have very much of this "fruit" in our lives. Think about it. If we don't spend time with God, how can He, or why would He, for that matter, give us those blessings?
I want to live my life in a consistent walk with the Holy Spirit. I want to let people see God in me and through me before they see me because I've so filled my mind and heart with God's thoughts that the armor of light shields them from my darkness. That's where the power truly exists -when we can remove ourselves from the picture so that God can be seen. Then we are fully armed.
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (Romans 13:14 NIV)
What armor are you wearing? Your own, someone else's, or that of Jesus?
1) How much time have you spent directly with God through His Word today, this week, this month?
2) How does your time compare reading the Bible versus time spent reading what someone else says about the Bible (i.e. in a devotional such as this?)
3) What can you say "no" to so you can say "yes" to spending more time with God and getting to know Him so you can put on the "armor of light"?