“Aunt Lisa, can you make some masks for me? I think they are going to call me back to the hospital and I’m scared.”
My niece has been working from home for a little over two weeks and is glad to be away from the front lines of the coronavirus battleground. While nations seek a living-saving cure, battlegrounds exist around the globe. It’s a scary world.
One of the acronyms my niece used is P. P. E., as in lack of it.
“Hmmm what is that?” I said as I read her text. I tried to be cool like I knew what she meant, but it evaded me. As soon as I asked, it came to me, Personal Preventative Equipment. Nope. It’s Personal Protection Equipment. Hey, I was close. I do not, I repeat, I do not take all of this lightly. It’s just my warped sense of humor kicks in at the strangest (and scariest) times. Like Hawkeye Pierce in the long-running sitcom, M*A*S*H, I react to many things with humor.
But my true cornerstone for all of the craziness we are facing is a different version of P. P. E.
It’s the B. I. B. L. E.
Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) I rely on this truth as I cling to “the One who brung me.” (see my post from last week)
Every day I strap on the full armor of God, one of my daily supplies of P.P.E. (Ephesians 6). All of it is won for us by Christ, and He faithfully fits us with it as we arm ourselves in faith by the power of the Holy Spirit. Against whom are we spiritually arming ourselves? The devil and his evil minions! We have a part to play, but Jesus already won the battle. Come to think of it, Jesus already won the war at Calvary! He’s just waiting to catch us up!
I stand as I suit up. “Stand therefore,” begins the passage in Ephesians 6:14. I can’t be going through the day with naught but my fleshly self! I don’t follow the exact order, but I am completely covered, nonetheless.
- The belt of truth is my first armament, because I want everything I see, hear, and proclaim to be girded in the truth of God’s Word. Woe to me if I stray into a lie.
- The helmet of salvation is next. Oh, my! I am saved by Jesus, and He gives me a covering so I will never forget Who saved me and to Whom I belong. Satan would love to mess with my assurance of salvation. Nuh uh, I’m covered!
- I then don my breastplate of righteousness. Hey, there is absolutely no good in me, that’s why I wear Christ’s righteousness, inside and out. It’s His holiness that fills me.
- I lean over and pull on “the preparation of the Gospel of peace” as my shoes. I stand in confidence as I proclaim the best news ever, even with my virtual pen.
- In my left hand I take hold of “the shield of faith with which I am enabled to “quench the fiery darts of the wicked one.” All my trust is in Jesus and His protection against the lies and temptations directed at me as with a flame thrower. The shield covers my entire body. I sure do need it! Every day!
- The last piece of my armor is the only offensive weapon, and it’s a doozy! I firmly grasp the sword of the Spirit, “…which is the Word of God.” Jesus answered every thrust of Satan’s misapplication of Scripture with God’s Word (see Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1: 12,13; Luke 4:1-4). I like to write it this way: God’SWORD. There is no greater weapon against Satan.
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Now, back to praying over the masks I am making for my sweet niece. As I pray for all my beloveds and their safety during this pandemic, I know God’s got us.
Do you know Him?
If you acknowledge your need for the Savior, pray this:
Dear Lord God,
I am a sinner and have tried to live my life on my own. I have failed without You leading me by Your Holy Spirit. I believe in my heart that Jesus is Lord, and God raised Him from the dead. Please forgive me and come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and save me. I put my life in Your hands as You fill me with Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray.” Amen.
If you prayed that and mean it will all your heart, you, dear brother or sister, are saved! You are now part of the kingdom of heaven. Congratulations and welcome to the family!
Please see my post titled, “Why?” for next steps. Or contact me! I’d love to pray with and for you.
God bless you.