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    Being a R.E.A.L. Christian – Part 2

    Being Ready for what we are going to encounter takes quite a bit preparation on our part.  We need to be careful not to become entrenched in our day-to-day lives.  Familiarity is a mindset that Satan wants us to become comfortable with because it can lead to complacency; however, a well Equipped individual will find that familiarity has no place in their lives. 

    Oh sure, we can become used to and confident in our day-to-day work without it causing us to become complacent in our walk with the Lord.  However, it is the mindset that we know what to expect each and every day that can get us into some deep trouble.

    Equipped      

    Ephesians 6:13-17 (NASB)

    “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

    Notice that the Apostle Paul says to “take up the full armor of God” (emphasis mine).  This is not a list that we can just pick and choose what we want to have or what is convenient for us.  The truth is that we need the full armor in order to be properly equipped to fight the battle.  Whether it is the “belt of truth” (ESV), breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel of peace (ESV), the shield of faith, or the helmet of salvation, we cannot sacrifice any of our defensive armor lest we have a weakness which will be targeted by the enemy.  If we opt to not be equipped with one of these defensive pieces, then we are permitting Satan to attack that area with his fiery arrows (Ephesians 6:16).  The only offensive weapon that we are permitted to have is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  Honestly, that is plenty of offense to have as it is “sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12) and always accomplishes its intended purpose (Isaiah 55:11). 

    The question now becomes: “Are we allowing ourselves to be equipped for battle with the Word of God?”

    As great and awesome as creation science is to learn and teach, it is the Bible that tells us about the Creator of all that great and awesome stuff.  It is the Bible that helps us understand the world around us and properly interpret the scientific observations that are made.  It is the Bible that reveals to us that sin is the reason why we are all destined to die and that we will be separated from God for eternity.  It is the Bible that explains that God loves us so much that He took the punishment for our sins so that we can have a relationship with Him forever.  All that we have to do is trust in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as sufficient for the forgiveness for our sins. 

    We are expected to be equipped from the Bible for the battle that we are engaged in and we know that the Lord has provided people to help us meet that goal:

                Ephesians 4:11-12 (NASB)

    “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.”

    Nobody can do everything, which is why it is important that we all do what we have been called to do.  The Lord has called NCM for the purpose of teaching science from a biblical perspective and we love to do it.  Perhaps the Lord has called you to do the same or to be a pastor, doctor, or lawyer.  Whatever your calling in life, it is important that we take seriously this admonition by the Apostle Paul to be equipped with the full armor of God.

    The Lord has also put the responsibility on Christians to be equipping ourselves:

                James 1:22 (NASB)

    “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”

    Matthew 7:24

    “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

    It is most important that we hear from the Lord through the reading of the Bible and that we act accordingly.  It is the Bible that gives us the proper instructions for being equipped for the battle that we are engaged in on a daily basis.  We also need to be Alert concerning our surroundings so we don’t fall into a trap, but more on that next time. 

    Until then, be Ready for what is coming your way and get properly Equipped to engage in battle.

    Serving the Risen Christ,

    Ken 

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