Okay, so maybe you have doubts once-in-awhile. Maybe you are a full-on non-believer. At some point a lot of us might say "is this real? How do I really know?"
In Shawn Albright's Friday morning group at Mission 911 we were recently discussing spiritual warfare, especially the writing in Ephesians about putting on your spiritual armor.
Okay, I know "spiritual armor" sounds stupid to non-Christians, but here's my point: it's really hard to get up the nerve to go tell someone "hey, this Holy Spirit thing, it's great, changes your life. Jesus ROCKS! Seriously dude, you GOTTA get involved with Jesus."
But it's easy to say "man, there's this great restaurant, serves the best brisket" ... or "I saw Star Wars 43 last night and it was great; there was this scene" ... etc.
You see, when it doesn't really matter, it's easy to talk about it. When it matters, it's hard. It's hard because this is spiritual warfare and the "Department of Misinformation" doesn't want you telling people the truth. Satan thinks that's uncool. He messes with you. He's scheming against you.
To me, that just removes all doubt. Why can I say, "man that new John Prine album is all that!" or even "John Prine is the greatest musician ever!" but I can't say, without feeling out-of-place, "Jesus ROCKS!" Hmm? If no one was messing with you, you wouldn't feel out-of-place doing it, and it wouldn't be hard at all. And, if Satan is there scheming against me, that must mean that whole part about him being a fallen angel is true, and with it the rest of it.
Maybe that didn't hit the mark with you but it did with me, and in my low moments stuff like that helps me keep my head up and plugging along proudly.
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For 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. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.