But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:8-9 NKJV
God is making a distinction between people who are His (of the day), and people who are not His (of the night).
God sets the standards for good and evil. He judges the living and the dead. When we stand before the Lord He will judge us on the basis of faith in His Son!
God tells us to put on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet the hope of salvation. Breastplates and helmets are used by warriors to provide protection in battle. We are caught up in a battle between good and evil today.
We have an enemy who seeks to separate us from the love of God.
The world system opposes our faith in God. Our sinful nature wars against our desire to walk in faith and obedience to God. Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. These three enemies war against our souls. The weapons they bring to bear are more than we can defend against!
God describes the Christian life as a battle because it is. It is a battle we could never win on our own. That is no surprise to God. Jesus wants us to walk humbly before Him and submit to His will for our lives in the face of opposition.
“The battle is the Lord’s and He is always victorious.”
God did not place us in this world to suffer wrath. Jesus knows the hardships we face. He will not leave us to face them alone. God loves you. Jesus will be with you during hardship and trial.
Protecting yourself with the knowledge that God is faithful!
Be sober minded. Put on the breastplate of faith and love. Fill your mind with the hope of salvation. Fight the good fight of faith today!
One day you will stand before Almighty God. He will either say, “Well done My good and faithful servant enter into My rest!” Or He will say, “Depart from Me for I never knew you.” Which one of these two statements will God speak to you on the great and terrible Day of the Lord?
Your eternal destiny is in your hands. You can live a life of sobriety with the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of hope in Jesus Christ and His salvation or not. You can spend eternity basking in the Sonlight of His love or separated from Jesus.
Let Jesus Christ pierce the darkness of this world and light up your life. Trust Almighty God to withhold the darkness of His wrath forever!
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