The passion within our youth has taken us to places of accomplishment, fulfillment, and overall life. Because of that passion, I continued dancing through the sore limbs, the bruised knees, and the feelings of inadequacy for ten years and counting. I have also grown into the daughter of God I am today, and say it proudly so all because of the burning desire to know more of Jesus. Though, despite all of the good that passion has brought me in my short 18 years of living, it has also put me in some big trouble. Most of the time, passions stem from desires, and in many situations, I have desired to be right more so than I have desired to share the love of Christ. I have let emotions steer my words, and in turn, hurt some people’s feelings- usually people that I love very much. Most of the arguments I have been in seem like they can be justified, but in all reality, “our fight has never been against the people on this earth” (Ephesians 6:12).
It is true that we are called to be warriors every single day; however, that doesn’t mean we walk around with the spirit of offense, ready to defend against anyone who might try to attack us, hurt us, or make fun of us. Our fight is not against people; it’s not even against people who don’t know Jesus. Brothers and sisters, our fight is “against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world” (Ephesians 6:12). It is against the insecurities that make us feel like we need to defend ourselves. It is against our pride that tells us we have to be right. It is against the doubts we may have about who God says He is. It is against the true enemy whose only job is to keep us from spreading the love of Christ. Instead of walking around with the spirit of offense to defend which does absolutely no good for you or the Kingdom of Heaven, trade it for the armor of God: the belt of truth, the protection of right living, the Good News of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of God’s salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:14-17).
The armor of God can redirect an entire argument or even keep one from happening. Realizing that our fight is not about ourselves is absolutely liberating. Instead of directing all that energy to prove our point to someone who doesn’t have the same eyes as we do, we can use our minds to come up with understanding, compassionate, and loving words. Some arguments are sensible, but others stem from the root of pain because “hurt people hurt people hurt people” as my pastor always says. This world is dark and cold, so try as much as you can to let Jesus shine through- people very much need it.
So yes, the armor of God is much needed in disagreements or even when someone says something that hurts your feelings, but it is also so much more than that. It brings us closer to our heavenly Father, and gives us a better understanding of His love for us. Paul talks about each of the pieces of armor and what it protects, and I found it so interesting how those two things parallel:
The truth behind our fight is that it has already been won. It’s just that the enemy wants us to believe we have a chance to lose. However, the Word says that NOTHING can separate us from Jesus’ love. Take off the spirit of offense, pride, shame, guilt- those things are not from God- instead, “put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the fight, you will still be standing” (Ephesians 6:13). I love you guys, and I pray for every single person who reads this that whatever Satan has made you believe about yourself or others is revealed as a lie. I pray that you would instead be filled with the truth of the Gospel, and that you would use your passionate youth for the Kingdom of Heaven- that you would always wear the armor of God.