Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full amour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore, put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  — Ephesians 6:10-18

 I can’t help thinking that this Corona virus situation is an opportunity.  Maybe it’s an opportunity for you to share your faith or maybe it’s an opportunity to deepen your relationship with God.

If you’ve been a believer for any length of time or if you grew up in church you’ve probably memorised the armour.  The piece of armour that I struggled with the most was the Helmet of Salvation.  In reading this scripture one day I realised that often I wasn’t wearing this helmet and my head was being pummelled as a consequence.  I wasn’t wearing it but instead holding it in my hand, because I struggled to believe in my heart that I was saved.  I grew up believing in God but in my twenties, I went my own way.  I struggled to see how, knowing God’s goodness I could have turned away from him.  Whilst I had returned to my faith, I couldn’t forgive myself.  There is a scripture in Hebrews that I really struggled with because it says it is impossible if you fall away to come back.  A wise person told me, after I had shared with him my struggle, that whatever this verse was describing clearly wasn’t me, as I had come back.

Is there a piece of armour you’re not wearing? Ask God to reveal to you why and then proceed to put on the full armour so that you can stand firm.

— Natalie G.

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