Forget DEET, Put on God's Armor of Light
“The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:12, NASB)
Paul encourages us to get ready for the day of Christ’s return by shedding our coat of sin and darkness and preparing to fight evil with weapons of the light. In certain parts of the south, especially along the Gulf Coast, mosquitoes are very prevalent. They surround you and attack every inch of exposed skin. Tourists will often cover their body from head to toe with insect repellent sprays or creams like, “DEET” or “Off! Deep Woods.” Locals will use bath oils and citronella candles indoors, but take a more basic approach when they go outside. They try to avoid being out after dark and cover every inch of bare skin especially in the swamps and bayous. Living close to the Gulf, I thought about mosquitoes as I read Paul’s words. Mosquitoes are relentless pests that always seem to find you. They will swarm and bite, draw blood and leave a painful welt. They can even infect you with deadly diseases. Mostly, they are a nuisance or irritation.
As Christians, we need to expect supernatural or spiritual pests. They are Satan’s pets and have names – fear, doubt, worry, unbelief, selfishness, pride, hurt, anger, resentment, jealousy, lust, envy, and greed. Are you ready and prepared to face them as you go out into the world each day? Have you put aside sin and rebelliousness, stubbornness and disobedience to God and His Word?
Child of God, are you living under God’s covering of protection? Have you taken all of the precautions you need to stay safe? Have you covered yourself, head to toe, with the oil of righteousness? In times of spiritual warfare, have you applied God’s “Armor of Light” to repel Satan’s pesky spirits of darkness? I encourage you to forget “DEET” and “Off! Deep Woods.” Instead, plead the blood of Jesus over your life and walk in God’s Light. It works every time in every situation!
Father, thank you for the protective covering of your Word, your love, mercy and grace. Jesus, your blood gives me all the protection and covering I need to repel the pests of darkness. Through the blood of Jesus and in Jesus name I pray, amen.
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