I climbed the steep path to Mont Orgueil Castle, stopping to catch my breath as needed. Finally, I reached the entrance only to realize the real climb was about to begin. For more than eight hundred years this medieval castle, high on the sea cliff, has stood its ground against attacks by man and raging storms thrown at it by nature.
Each set of steps took me to another level and each level had wonders of its own. Secret rooms and towers, narrow twisting stone staircases, all the things you expect to see at a medieval castle. The view only improved as I increased higher up the levels. Reaching the top gave me the prize of breath taking views of Gorey, the small town below the castle, and equally breath taking views out over the waters towards France.
The castle has probably seen its fair share of knights throughout its history but I was not expecting to see one on that August day sixteen years into the twenty first century.
Larger than life. Fully armed and ready for battle. He sat confidently astride his metal horse. A sight to behold! My first reaction was “Wow!” My second thought was “Armor of God.” I studied my new found friend from head to toe and he became a visual teaching tool of Ephesians 6: 13-19 . My knight looked a little different to the picture of the Roman soldier found at the back of Priscilla Shirer’s, The Armor of God, study book. All bar one of the elements were there. The helmet, the breastplate, the belt, the sword and shod feet. I had to image the shield. Guess you can’t hold onto the horses reins with one hand while wielding your sword with the other and still be holding a shield. Nope the three armed knight does not exist.
“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. With all prayer and petition at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” [italics and bold print added my me]
I had to ask myself right there in the middle of this eight hundred year old castle if I was wearing and using the armor my savior, Jesus, had provided for me to stand and resist the evil one. Note, it says stand and resist not try to resist and when all else fails…run for your dear life.
Jesus has already set us up to win. Victory is already ours. So let us stand firm knowing God has us. Wrap ourselves in His Truth, wear His Righteousness, put on the Good News of Peace shoes ( the best fitting shoes ever). Hold up and use the Shield of faith, be continually covered with the Helmet of Salvation, and girls let us become well trained in using the Sword of the Spirit, God’s word. Be alert and pray for each other.
Dressing to win is not armor you put on each morning and take off each night but rather armor you wear continually. It is time for us to put on the full armor not just choice pieces as if we are accessorizing our look.
Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance
Are you standing and resisting or quaking and shaking (we have all been there) when the enemy attacks? Either way, would love to hear from you. What did standing look like to you? Share in the comment box.
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