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“Passover” Armor


 

I listened to a 3 minute video yesterday by Rick Warren. No matter what you may think of this man, his family endured the worst year of their life in 2013. Their 27 year old son Matthew who had suffered mental illness most of his life decided it was over. After committing suicide the Warren’s took a 3 month hiatus. The video is a significant tribute of how God held him together. His appearance was remarkably charismatic. He smiled and spoke with confidence and grace. He was a father who misses his son, but a man who knew how and where to go for the help he needed to deal with such a tragedy.

Ephesians 6:11 “Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. (Amplified)

We all need each other at different times in our lives and especially when our hearts are broken.
But no one can give us what God can.

The “Passover” is one of the best examples of God giving a prevention method to his people before the enemy hit. Those who listened and acted were spared the horrors of the “Angel of Death.”

As Pastor Warren spoke he told of how his family had given every possible medical and psychological attention to their son for many years. Supportive prayer was the ultimate therapy. But Matthew chose to wear the armor of someone else instead of his own.

King David was evidently a small guy; Saul the King of Israel was a big man.  Before David took it upon himself to kill the “Giant” Saul offered him his armor.  Sorry, but that would be like my husband giving me his clothes to wear.

1 Samuel 17:38 “Then Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail.” (Amplified)

We are not meant to wear another person’s armor. David knew this because he knew the Holy Spirit was with him long before he faced the Philistine.  He knew he should follow God’s leading, not wear armor that would fall off of him.

As we fast approach Easter, the Passover is like a shield of covering to all of us. The protection God gave in Passover was settled at Easter.

Understanding this awesome gift is only done by going through our own crucifixion based on Jesus’ death and resurrection. Surrendering sin, confessing our hearts desire to be more like Jesus allows the Holy Spirit to take up residence within us. God never meant for him to be a guest.

Once done the Resurrection life of Easter should enter and occupy every area of our lives. Then God will be able to fill us with his holiness.

Does your armor fit?

If it doesn’t then you must have the wrong designer.

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It was a Donkey, not a Horse


Jesus riding in on a donkey was not the “Kingly” parade many expected.  (John 12:14)

No jewels or crown; no priestly robes. An entourage of Royal Guardsmen did not pave the way.

The grand stallion was nowhere to be found.donkey

The local headliners for the Jerusalem Journal:

“”King of the Jews borrows a donkey to make his entrance.”

Living in the hills and sandy vales left nothing to be desired as far as his looks. He probably could have used a good barber too. John the Baptist must have taught him how to cook fried locusts.

This scene has bewildered the world.

Why didn’t he arrive with a cloak and dagger armor?

Why wasn’t he dressed for the Red Carpet?

If he was the “King of Kings” where were all his riches?

No wonder the Pharisees and Sanhedrin were shocked. This man didn’t represent them! He was a nomad; a man who smelled like fish.

“Bring us the real face of the Jews!”

It is just like God to do the opposite of what people think. However, had Jesus galloped in riding a beautiful white stallion dressed in ornamental designer wear preceded by an imperial escort what could the outcome have been?

A representation of the unattainable.
An ideology for the few and far between.
A derelict society due to the evil nature that lives within.
A misguided approach to the love and compassion of the Almighty.
As it was and is, the Son of God rode a borrowed donkey; dressed in a dingy cloak and dusty sandals.

His eyes gleamed of the Father’s mercy and grace for his people. His face glowed like the sun. His presence was charismatically hopeful and endearing. Wisdom poured from his words like rivers of knowledge and understanding.

He was the total epitome of unconditional love and purified holiness.

Once a saint or unbeliever discovers even these few qualities of the true “King,” riches, gems, and the overflow of material possessions lose all credibility.

It is through such heartfelt expressions we receive golden crowns and precious stones for ourselves in the wake of a new life with the Resurrected Christ.

And some of you thought the donkey was only meant for a simple ride into Jerusalem.