"11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the evil schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6: 11-12
I was a criminology major in college. I don't remember the course of study in this one particular class, but one evening we had a guest speaker. He was a crime scene investigator... the real kind. He spoke to us about the signs he looked for in crime scenes that gave him clues to uncovering the mystery.
The one particular example he gave was from a homicide... complete with actual photos and everything. It was pretty gruesome. I had to close my eyes between every slide and slowly open them to determine if I actually wanted to look at what was coming up next. I will spare you the details! All except one, anyway.
The particular victim that he was showing had marks on the front side of her body rather than the back. He explained to the class that this was a major clue in the case as it meant that she knew and trusted the perpetrator. Had the marks been on the back of her body, it would have signified that she was afraid and that she turned to escape danger. The fact that the wounds were on her front side, told him that she knew and felt comfortable with the person who did this awful thing to her.
When you read about the different pieces of armor that we as Christians are to put on in our struggle against the powers of this dark world, they are mostly protecting the front of our bodies. What this tells me is that it would be easy to fall prey to the rulers and authorities of this dark world if we do not have on our armor. These forces in this dark world may disguise themselves as people and ideas that can be trusted.
A while back I had the idea that I was going to truly take my sword which is the Word of God and begin memorizing more scripture so that I would be prepared to fight off the fiery darts that will fly my way. What I wanted to do is to take index cards and write on them scripture that details God's promises. I wanted to post those index cards on my bedroom mirror so that everytime I wake up, I will see them.
It's been a while since I had that idea and tonight, I finally began my starter list. Here are the cards I have written out so far:
Proverbs 22:15 "Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him." I wrote this one to remind me that we are all sinners and the heart is wicked. Because of the fall of man, our natural tendancies are foolishness. I want to remember that with my kids, especially when they have that heart breaking cry when they are being disciplined that makes me want to just snuggle them right up and say nevermind.
Mark 9:23 "Jesus said to him, 'If you can?' All things are possible to him who believes." I wrote this one to read when I feel like giving up.
Hebrews 10:30 "For we know Him who said, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay,' and again, 'The Lord will judge His people.'" I want to read this one when life seems terribly unfair and when the wicked seem to go unpunished.
Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." This one helps me to remember that though I am weak, it is God who strengthens me. Because of that, my faith can move mountains.
Matthew 11:28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." I am a single mom. Need I say more?
I John 4:4 "You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." I wrote this one to remind myself that I am first and foremost a child of God and that He lives within me, which is all the strength that I will ever need.
Philippians 4:19 "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ." This is the verse that reminded me to start my list. My pastor used it in his sermon this morning. It reminded me that God doesn't say maybe he will supply all my needs. It doesn't say he will supply some of my needs. It says He will supply all of my needs. God is a good provider.
So there it is. My starter list. I intend to add to it as time goes on.