I have been harping on this a little bit on another place on Facebook land, thank you Sheila Galvez and Amanda Damon.
So here goes.
“στῆτε οὖν περιζωσάμενοι τὴν ὀσφὺν ὑμῶν ἐν ἀληθείᾳ καὶ ἐνδυσάμενοι τὸν θώρακα τῆς δικαιοσύνηςκαὶ ὑποδησάμενοι τοὺς πόδας ἐν ἑτοιμασίᾳ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου τῆς εἰρήνης,ἐν πᾶσιν ἀναλαβόντες τὸν θυρεὸν τῆς πίστεως, ἐν ᾧ δυνήσεσθε πάντα τὰ βέλη τοῦ πονηροῦ [τὰ] πεπυρωμένα σβέσαι·καὶ τὴν περικεφαλαίαν τοῦ σωτηρίου δέξασθε καὶ τὴν μάχαιραν τοῦ πνεύματος, ὅ ἐστιν ῥῆμα θεοῦ. Διὰ πάσης προσευχῆς καὶ δεήσεως προσευχόμενοι ἐν παντὶ καιρῷ ἐν πνεύματι, καὶ εἰς αὐτὸ ἀγρυπνοῦντες ἐν πάσῃ προσκαρτερήσει καὶ δεήσει περὶ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων”
Oops, wrong text, need to grab something y’all can read.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”
There. Much better.
Let me make some addenda
The Breastplate of Righteousness, contrary to the bad preaching of some, is a piece of armor that DOES PROTECT THE BACK as well as the front. Dear preachers: quit asking the rhetorical question, “which part of the body is unprotected?”
The L-rd protects our comings and our goings, and that is an important aspect of our journey that we must speak to: our arrivals and departures. I have personally noticed an upward trend in the inability of believers to have good arrivals and/or departures. I have noticed in these cases an increase in the numbers of bridges burned. This is not good for the purposes of speaking about one another with affection and honor.
Um, yeah. Read the text here. And then read it again. And then read it again.
Gang, the phrase in the King James expresses it well, and if you gloss over it in your zeal to get to what you think the dynamic is for the Teacher, think again. The King Jimmy says, “having your feet shod with…” And the VERY NEXT WORD is not “peace”! It is “readiness”. Readiness. Readiness.
I cannot overemphasize this enough. Teachers, you have enough natural expressions of peace.
Even a carnal or soulish Teacher, in the sin of Selective Responsibility, will have enough non-worry that they will allow the do-dads around their house fall into disrepair. And sloth or heaviness masquerades as peace. What is needed in the Teacher, and what the high-functioning Teacher can get a disproportionate ROI from, is being Ready. Instant, in season and out of season, Paul calls it.
Let me put it another two ways. Hermes in the Greek Pantheon was symbolized by winged zapatos (Spanish for “shoes”, and one of my favorite words).
Was he characterized by sloth, or readiness? And what is the one article of clothing that when you don it, lets others know you are able to walk out the door? Shoes.
Runners! Get READY, Get ON YOUR MARKS, Get Set, <POW!> GO!
They nowhere symbolize peace, but READINESS! Now, the Gospel is one of Peace, and the Shoes of Readiness are empowered by the Gospel of Peace, but they are still Shoes of Readiness.
Readiness is a theme that will give the Teacher striking power, and dangerous strength. Readiness with give the Teacher a capacity to pair his or her research with action.
Thus, when the Exhorter walks in faith, it has to be a faith in G-d, and not in the polls or viewpoints of his fellow man. He or she must get from G-d what G-d’s agenda is, and then he or she must follow suit to do what G-d tells him or her to do. And if he does this, and follows G-d, and makes the Trinity his or her trust and shelter place, then Psalm 91 can kick in and the L-rd will shield whatever the Exhorter hands over to G-d. But, the Exhorter has to learn how to excel in relating to G-d as well as and better than they relate to humanity.
Thing #1: The law tablets. This represents the moral authority of the RJD to speak from G-d. This law must be inscribed on the tablets of the Ruler’s heart. They must have a living and breathing and pliable relationship with the Word himself and the word itself.
Thing #2: The staff that budded. This represents the RJD’s knowledge that G-d has appointed them. The RJD cannot just have brain knowledge of and mental assent to G-d’s appointment of him or her, nor can they merely have an emotional release in their heart alone and think that will do the job. Rather he or she MUST have the buds of the staff growing in his or her spirit, which dwells in the seat of dominion in the brain. Both head and heart (not one over the other) must have shoots of almonds growing in them, and there must be a deep-seated flow and synch of both head and heart and reins (kidneys and adrenals) flowing together that provides the rush of truth from a depth of the RJD’s sonship.
Thing 3#: The pot of the omer of manna. Rightly measured, plenteous to satiate, provided as a resource from Dad’s hand. This ties to the RJD’s aspect of provision. There must be a right affection between the RJD as a son and his or her Dad as Provider. The G-d of all Grace provides from heaven the dew that lands and coalesces all over and around the camp of the Ruler’s circle. The Judge, the Deliverer is not just a mere machine, but must transcend to the spirit realm and return with life-giving provision for the job at hand. There is an intimate expression that flows with depth from the innermost zeal and glory of the Ruler’s innermost being. He rules and leads with an eye to redeeming even the most broken and flawed person, and uses them well, stewards them well to accomplish and manifest the miracles of G-d Himself on the earth. It is a shallow thing to own Amazon and the Washington Post if you have no eye to what you can do in utilizing those resources to change the world. The manna must flow from G-d and the RJD must walk in their strength of refusing to blame others and pointing them to the Word of G-d. And with the Word of G-d, the RJD slices through the soulish cesspool and malaise of the natural and divides the portal between heaven and earth, and introduces his or her tribe to the G-d, the Word of G-d who affectionately sits astride his white charger and rides with His Bride adjacent Him on a horse of her own.
I am of the opinion that David, the shepherd boy, sang a tune as he stooped by the waters to gather his five smooth stones, each of which expressed one of the five levels of “HOLY TO THE L-RD”, and one of which he used to smack Goliath in the Seat of Dominion.
And I realize these thoughts are somewhat uneven, but here they are for your digestion and consideration.
Be blessed, gang.