My family had a dry goods store for many years 80 miles north of New Orleans. For the young people - this is where Clothes used to come from. The fabric bolts arrived all summer for fall and winter and late in October the containers would be opened to avoid the plague. Yellow Fever - unaware mosquitoes caused Yellow Fever and the germs were not avoided by opening the fabric crates late in the season. Today, mosquitoes kill more people than all other predators.
My family - likes clothes - we have all liked clothes. Changing clothes is a nice thing. I'm not one of the Tattoo fans - many, many are.
Much more effective and permanent ... would be being sealed in the Salvation of Jesus Christ.
Permanent - what is more permanent than the Armor of God put on and sealed forever in Jesus. No need to repeat this passage. Only one time and - BAM - The Power of the Word of GOD - seals you forever in Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 59:17He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
16 In all circumstances
take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
1 Thessalonians 5:8-98 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 9:17And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions' heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths.
How Powerful is the Word of God? Once we are sealed in Jesus Christ as His Own? The Word of God upholds the Universe by the Word of His Power. Exactly why you need the Armor of God only once.
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
1 Peter 1:25The word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
Armor tends to last centuries, if you see the museums this is so. And yet to place the armor of God on - is to have the protection of God forever.
What are the Scriptures telling us of the Strength God gives us?
~ And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus
~ His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength
~Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus
~Strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
~Strong, and the Word of God lives in you
~Strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being
~Full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ
~ Riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
~ Redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace
The armor of God arrives complete. Filled with the Blessings of God.
Our household has had seasons. We were very quiet during the early years of having children. There were stories and art projects, playing in the backyard and tea parties. We had elementary years of birthday parties and slumber parties. In High School, this was a loud house with many teenage boys and games with videos, cards and board games.
This last summer my mom survived Pneumonia. And lives with a care giver now. We are blessed. Edward has had a serious diagnosis and still defies the odds making his day filled with stock contests that he does well. Disc Golf - no tattoos. And I see our house is quieter again. Sometimes too quiet. We all have concerns that surround us - and finally we have found - the quiet and time to say - what is difficult in each season - will be addressed and found to be solved. We are learning in our fifties - to go with the direction of Life - God does give us. We have been brought this far - not to be dropped on our head again! Wearing the Armor of God - and feeling led by His Mercy.
We only look to You. We know the Glory of Your Word.
You have clothed me and my loved ones with Your Armor. Thank You, Your Strength and Blessings Continue. We continue to place You first and fill those we love to completion - in the Name of Jesus.
Drawing courage and meaning from each day. Changing ourselves, lifting up those prayer needs. Our area is in a fast the first 21 days - praying for the good of our community. On up to the Nation.
I am grateful Edward's skin cancer next to his nose is healing so very, very well. He had good care. We have a some new areas in our lives requiring good prayer for our sons, new good areas. My mother is doing much better with exercise in Pneumonia healing. And I have several projects I need to bolster up my drive to complete now that the New Year has settled around us all.
We look for this year to be a time of mending and this is going on. We are praying for Jack to mend from his cough.
Your very Word has brought forth fruit on fragile Papyrus - how much more You will do with the soul and heart of Your Beloved Children. In You, we put our Hope, Jesus the Lord. And we will rest comfortably! God is in Charge! We say all Thanksgiving for the Love and Grace of Father God. Placing all the Glory on Jesus. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †