McDowell Technical Community College

Life Lessons

 Putting on the Armour

By Doug Harrell

I can’t speak for anyone else, but it seems as if each day is a battle with my mind. It is daily filled with temptations and ungodly and lustful thoughts.  James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  Lust can be many things:  the first thing that most people think about when the word, LUST, is used is sexual lust.  In reality, it can be any number of things.  It certainly can be of a sexual nature and in today’s culture we are totally surrounded by images and innuendos that make illicit sexual activity seem so exciting.  There are many mentions of this kind of lust in the Bible.  Mathew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.  I have to admit that I have had to ask forgiveness for this at times in my life, at those times the verses above from the book of James and many of the proverbs have popped into my mind.  In the real world, lust can mean lots of things: we can lust after money, fame, recognition and many material things.  The end result  is the same, disfavor with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Everywhere we look we are surrounded by things that people want us to lust over, and get out of balance in our lives.  If we just go about our daily lives, we will be surrounded by advertisements and solicitations that compete with what should be our focus, doing the will of God.

How do we put on the Armour of God that allows us to resist all the temptations that surround us on a daily basis?  There are several ways that I have found that help me in this and I freely admit that I always need help in this area.  The best thing I have found is to concentrate on what goes into my mind daily.  What we watch, read, listen to and associate with has a major impact day to day.  As the old saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out” is so true.  We tend to be a composite of what we surround ourselves with.  Ask yourself, “what am I reading, are the words in this book going to teach me to be more Christ like, or are they going to take my fantasies down the wrong road? Are the movies I watch going to fill me with Godly thoughts, or do they make me visualize paths that I should not be traveling?  Are the people we are spending our time with, helping hold us to a higher standard, or are they helping us get in the gutter?  We tend to become like those we surround ourselves with. Do you really want to be like them?  If the answer to that is no, then we need to change our circle of friends.  As parents, how many of you have told your children, “I do not want you associating with this or that person”?  There is a good reason that you said that, because bad influence is catching.  Today, peer pressure leads so many of our children and grandchildren down the wrong road. Please protect them as much as you can!

It is critical that we as parents set an example for our children: take them to church, don’t send them.  Teach them to read the Bible by showing them an example each day.  I find that the study of God’s word daily is the way that I put on my armour.  Without that, my day is not complete.  If we, as parents, don’t put on the armour, how can we expect our children to do this.   We are facing times that will be hard for Christians, if we believe what the Bible tells us.  Our children will only be able to put on the whole armour of God if and when we teach them that.  Get involved with their lives by being a person they can depend on and respec. Don’t try to be their best friend, but be their guide, and you can only do this by being true to the teachings of our Lord and Savior.  Believe the promise that says to teach them in the way they should go and in their old age they will return to the right path.  Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.