“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. Who died for us, that, wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” I Thessalonians 5:8-10
On my Monday morning break, I decided to walk and enjoy the radiating warmth from the sun. However, my walk came to an immediate halt when I stepped on cracks in the sidewalk. Hence, this blog was inspired by the Holy Spirit at that very moment.
When there are cracks in the road, or sidewalk, there is no doubt the city will immediately send personnel to repair them to prevent complaints from residents in affluent areas.
When there are cracks in house pipes, there is no doubt a plumber will be called to assess water damage, and to seal or replace pipes to prevent future damage and costly repairs.
When there are cracks in a vehicle engine, there is no doubt a tow truck will be called to haul off the vehicle to a mechanic for repair or replacement.
When there are cracks in a windshield, there is no doubt a technician will be called to fix or replace the glass to prevent it from spreading.
When there is a painful tooth crack, there is no doubt a dental appointment will be scheduled in hopes of stopping the pain and preventing infection, cavities and costly dental work especially in Florida.
When there are cracks in the foundation of a house, there is no doubt a structural engineer will be called to assess the problem for recommendations to prevent structural damage and very costly foundation repairs.
All of the above examples are things that can be fixed or replaced. But why is it that cracks in spiritual breastplates are allowed to remain in a state of emergency repair, with no thougths of having them assessed. If cracks are secured and sealed by the blood and insurance of Jesus, it becomes difficult for Satan to penetrate and entice us with his flavors of sin? Are our spiritual breastplates not more important than our material items? Sadly, cracked breastplates actually give Satan an all access pass to attack and compromise the Temple of the Holy Spirit. For example, once we yield to his flavors of sin, our relationship with the Lord is compromised, and our soul cannot be fixed or replaced if we die in an unrighteous state. It will then be too late to call on the name of Jesus for intervention on our behalf with God. We will hear “Depart from me ye who do works of inquity.”
We are told to put on the whole armour of God to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil days, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your lions girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. For which I am an ambassador in bonds; that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:10-20
Breastplates that are sealed with the blood and insurance of Jesus are secured. –Tangie T. Woods