Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph. 6:13

We have already discussed the importance of putting on Christ our armour. He provides our cleft in the Rock in Himself, he is our Shelter from the storm, our Tree firmly planted by the living water, our Lamp unto our feet, our Fortress, etc. Don’t miss this part. It’s Him. He is the Ark of our Salvation. It is not agreeing He exists. It is not knowing facts about Him. It is not the sacrifices we offer. You have to know Him, personally, intimately, richly, wonderfully, devotedly, faithfully. He is THE point of all life because He IS Life.

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Col. 3:4 Please, please look at these verses that give promise. They ALL have qualifying points. Do you see that the qualifier, the thing that the promise hinges upon and is supported by is that Christ is your life. If He is not your life, you don’t appear with Him.

Churches or should I say ministers are reckless with handing out the promises of God, quoting verses loosely. Like handing candy to a baby. And those sitting in the pews put everyone of them in their basket and leave something in the church’s basket in return for the good tickle of the ear they received. Pastors, please I beg you, don’t ever hand out a promise that God has made without making sure your audience understands that the promises are not for every one who hears but only for those who belong to Christ.

Here is a another qualifier. Don’t just skip this stuff. The Word of God is perfect so don’t leave out parts you fear the hearer won’t like. Proclaim the whole counsel of God. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matt. 7:21. I cringe with holy weeping every time I hear God’s promises given out without Christ. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2 Cor. 1:20

So why do we put on Christ? The passage tells us "that we may be able to withstand the evil day." Evil is coming to your door. This day of evil is imminent. It will be a testing of your faith and what you are made of whether gold, silver and precious stones or wood, hay and stubble. Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 1Cor. 3:13

Only those who are in Christ will stand. The passage reveals the secret of standing. Put on the whole armour of Christ that you may be able to stand. Every piece. Don’t reserve to yourself some area that is not covered by Christ. God has provided all that we need to withstand in the evil day. He gives us Christ.
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