27. The Armour of God

Abraham once again lied about his wife, Sarah. He told King Abimelech that she was his sister. He was afraid that he will be killed if the king desired to have her. And sure enough King Abimelech liked Sarah and took her to his palace. But before he could sleep with her, God intervened. God appeared to Abimelech in a dream and said the following:

"You are a dead man, for that woman you took is married." Genesis 20:3

God intervened in the situation despite Abraham's insecurities. Isn't our God wonderful? But one cannot help but feel sorry for Abimelech. He didn't know that she was married and here God declares that he is a dead man. Fortunately God is a merciful God. He gave Abimelech a chance to correct the situation. He told Abimelech to return Sarah to Abraham and then he will live. Abimelech immediately rectified the situation. He got up early the next morning, called all his servants and Abraham and said:

"What is this that you have done to us? What have I done to you that deserves treatment like this, making me and my kingdom guilty of this great sin?" Genesis 20:9

In this situation Abimelech was the honourable man and Abraham wasn't. Abraham, one of our heroes in the faith, was overcome by fear and acted out of his own sinful nature.

"Well, Abraham said, "I figured this to be a godless place. I thought, "They will want my wife and will kill me to get her." Besides, she is my sister - we both have the same father, though different mothers - and I married her. When God sent me to travel far from my father's home, I told her, "Wherever we go, have the kindness to say that you are my sister." Genesis 20:11-13

Abraham loved God very much, we know that, but yet when their lives were in danger, he didn't trust God enough to handle the situation on his behalf. He decided it was much safer and easier to lie, than to trust God to help him. But before we look at his life with judgmental eyes, we need to look at our lives first. Do we truly trust God to turn things around for us? Do we really turn to God first before making rash decisions when we feel threatened? Or do we also retreat and allow our sinful natures to run our lives on our behalf?

You see the devil knows our weaknesses and he knows them even better than we do ourselves. And in those weak points, he will come and tempt us to fall. He will look for vulnerable spots in our spiritual armour. Therefore we need to be on guard and clothe ourselves with God's armour every day. We need to put on His helmet of salvation and know without a doubt that we are saved, we need to put on His body armour of righteousness and claim that we are the righteousness of God because of Christ's finished work. We need to put on the belt of truth and only believe what God's Word says and not what situations tries to deceive us by. We need to take up our shield of faith and believe in God's promises found in His Word, which is His sword. Then finally we need to put on the shoes and be ready to spread the gospel of Good News!

Do not allow the devil to side track you and have you paralysed with fear. We already have the victory that Jesus won for us. Therefore we simply need to resist the devil and his temptations and stand strong as the conquerors that we are. I say it again, do not allow fear to take hold of you, but fight fear with God's armour. Nothing can stand against it. God is gracious and good and always ready to help us even if we fail like Abraham did. Aren't you glad that we serve an amazing God?!

Father please help us to stand strong against our own fears. Thank you for Your armour to protect us and help us in resisting the devil. Help us to put it on each day. Thank you that victory is ours through Jesus Christ, Your lovely Son. And thank you Father that we can know that even if we fail like Abraham did, You are still there to help us and to guide us. We love You. In Jesus' Name. Amen

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