Are You Wearing The The Whole Armor Of God Correctly?

PUTTING ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD

There is a world at war going on and has been since Adam and Eve. It is a war of good verse’s evil. This was manifested when Cain killed Able. Ever since then the battle of good over evil has been a prevalent theme throughout the Bible.

It’s no wonder that the Apostle Paul admonished the Ephesians to put on the whole armor of God in the war that has been going on for thousands of years.

THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able 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 day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins 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.” (Ephesians 6:11-18)

The whole armor of God is described metaphorically as having your loins girt about with truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. But the armor of God is not all, Paul goes on to say that we should put on the whole armor of God and then pray always and watch for the evil enemy with perseverance.

Doing this will ensure our victory against the evil one. Let’s look more closely at the whole armor of God and see how each piece of the spiritual armor will protect us. The spiritual pieces of armor are truth, righteousness, the preparation of the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the spirit, praying and watching.

whole_armor_god_labeledSome of the spiritual armor makes sense and is somewhat obvious like truth, faith, and prayer. Some not so obvious like the preparation of the gospel of peace and helmet of salvation.

Let’s look at all of these pieces of armor individually and in doing so we can also do an inventory check to see what we need to do to make sure our spiritual armor is on and ready to use against the powers of evil.

TRUTH
Truth comes from the Bible and the better we know it, the less likely we are to be lead astray by what other people think is truth. For example, if we are firm in our understanding of the book of Genesis and the creation, the floods etc. then we can understand the truth about how the earth was formed and not be lead astray by false science.

FAITH
Faith is to believe in that which is true but not seen with the naked eye. Faith is to believe something by feeling it, not by seeing it. You can feel the wind but you can’t see it. You can even see the effects of wind but you can’t see the air blowing in all its fury. You can feel faith by the whispering of the spirit of the Holy Ghost and you can see the effects of faith but you can’t see it with the naked eye.

In the case of Jesus Christ and his gospel we see with our hearts, not our eyes.

RIGHTEOUSNESS
With the help of the dictionary, “righteousness is the state or quality of being righteous. Righteous is characterized by uprightness or morality. Acting in an upright, moral way, a righteous and godly person.”

Righteousness is a way of living. If you are righteous then you are living and applying the gospel principles taught by Jesus Christ. It’s one thing to read “thou shalt not commit adultery” but it’s another thing to live by the higher law of not lusting after someone.

Living the gospel, not just reading about it . . . applying the gospel not just getting motivated by a Christian meme on Facebook is what it’s all about. If you are busy doing good and serving the Lord then you will be protected against the evil one.

PEACE
The gospel of Jesus Christ as outlined and taught in the Holy Bible is the gospel of peace. If you love the Lord and are busy striving to keep his commandments then you are living the gospel of peace.

Looking up the word ‘preparation’ in the dictionary helps to make sense of the phrase
“the preparation of the gospel of peace” which could otherwise be phrased being prepared with the gospel of peace. This could also indicate that you are a peacemaker to the extent you can be, in a war between good and evil.

SALVATION
The gospel of peace or the gospel of Jesus Christ is the gospel whereby salvation comes from. If we know that we will be saved by the gospel of Christ, we can be brave in the fight against evil.

SPIRIT OF TRUTH
The spirit of truth testifies of the word of God which is found in the Holy Bible. If we are filled with the spirit of truth we will not be deceived in this war of temptation, thoughts and ideas contrary to righteousness.

PRAYING ALWAYS
Praying always is not compared to a piece of armor but it is mentioned prominently in this section of scripture because it so important that we talk to God. All the armor in the world and all the armies in the world can only prevail against wickedness if they are directed by the will of God. We find that will and word of God through prayer.

Armies are guided by a commander that sees the big picture and knows if the army should attack head on or in a flanking maneuver. God is our commander in this battle and praying to him makes perfect sense. We will let Heavenly Father guide our armies in defense of truth and righteousness.

Is their anything lacking in your armor that God has designed to protect us? If so, it is not to late to fix that armor and get it back on for your protection.

Troy Wagstaff © Copyright, All rights reserved.

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The Art Of Being Wise

Inspirational Quote: The Art Of Being Wise

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The art of being wise is to knowing what to overlook.

The Barbershop Waltz. A Short Story

The Barbershop Waltz

Andy’s Barbershop was the local gathering place for all the men who lived in the small town of Woodington. The men would come in for a bottle of soda pop, some gossip and a hair cut. Andy’s was the only place in town with a radio. Andy’s had a barber chair and a leather razor strap anchored to the counter. The counter had space for the tools of the trade and a sink. There was a large ornate mirror for the client to look at after his hair was cut.

The other side of the narrow barbershop was lined with chairs and a coffee table with magazines and books. The shop was deep and narrow. At the back end of the shop there was a pool table for some of the men to use while they waited their turn at a haircut. Andy’s even had an indoor water closet, one of the first buildings in Woodington to do so.

The barbershop was especially popular during the noon hour were both men and women crowded to hear the latest news. On Saturdays, Andy’s was packed in the afternoon to hear the sports scores. The men would smoke their cigarettes and drink their moonshine while playing pool and listening to the radio while waiting their turn for a hair cut.

On Saturday nights the pool room was opened to the community for dancing. The townsfolk would get dressed up like they were going to Church and meet at the barbershop to dance.

What made these dances unique was that while the rest of the country was caught up in the Foxtrot and other popular dance moves, the town of Woodington preferred the old Waltz.

During the week Andy’s barbershop opened at 7:30 a.m. to give the regulars a shave. It was at Andy’s place where the men of the town first heard that the United States was going to war in Europe. It was the same place that everyone heard the announcement of the Armistice on November 11, 1918.

Jim Banack was a regular at Andy’s from the time he was a small boy until he went off to war. Jim was born in Woodington. As far back as he could remember, he got his monthly hair cut at old Andy’s barbershop. Jim was 13 years old when heard over the radio that prohibition was officially over.

“What does that mean, that prohibition is officially over?” Asked Jim. Jim’s dad said that “it means the nation can now drink alcoholic drinks” as he sipped on a cold beer. Jim was a little confused. More than half the men in the crowed barbershop were drinking moonshine or a beer.

Jim even did odd jobs for the barber during the depression. There were no jobs to be had but Andy would pay Jim to run errands. He even got a free haircut once a month for the help he gave.

Jim fell in love, got married to Alice and they celebrated their wedding reception at Andy’s Barbershop. If Jim had his way, they would have exchanged vows at the barbershop. A couple of years later James Jr. blessed their marriage on March 31, 1930.

As soon as James Jr. had enough hair to cut Jim took him to see old Andy. Andy put the first lock of hair on some wax paper and folded it up nicely for Alice.

Getting a hair cut at Andy’s barbershop was a monthly tradition for James Jr. as well. In fact, it was at the town barbershop on Monday morning that Jim and James Jr. First heard the news that the Japanese bombed Pear Harbor the day before on Sunday morning.

News was slow getting to the town of Woodington with only one radio, and a weekly newspaper. James Jr. all of eleven years old declared that he would be going to Albany to sign up to fight “the Japs.” Jim and Andy chuckled.

It wasn’t too long after that episode when Jim Banack was drafted into the Army. Two days before Jim’s induction, the town gathered at Andy’s barbershop to give him a farewell party and a traditional town waltz.

“That was March 31, 1942 my daddy went off to fight the Germans in North Africa,” said James reflectively to his daughter Lilly. “In fact, it was the last town waltz Woodington ever had at Andy’s Barber shop” James went on to say.

“I still went there for my monthly hair cuts. But after my dad got killed in North Africa, old Andy seemed to feel to old to host the weekly waltz. I think he took the death of my father very hard, I think part of Andy died when my Dad died,” said James Jr.

“It wasn’t long after that, old Andy retired and his son took over the barbershop,” remembered James.

“He was Andy Jr. But folks just called him A..J., He took to running things quite well.”

James went on to say “It was ironic how every major event I can recollect seems to have happened while A.J. was cutting my hair or giving me a shave. I remember VE day being announced over the radio while I was getting a shave. That was sometime in the first of May back in 1945 that we heard about victory in Europe but those ‘blasted Japs’ were still fighting us in the Pacific.”

the_barbershop_waltz“Don’t tell me Dad that you were getting a haircut or shave when they dropped the atomic bomb in Japan” asked Alice.

“Well, as a matter of fact, I was getting my monthly haircut when we heard about the bombing.”

“What about two days later when the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki? You couldn’t have been there since you already had you hair cut for the month” stated Alice, as if she caught her Dad in his tale tells.

“Your right Alice, I wasn’t getting my hair cut but I stopped by for a soda pop after a baseball game and heard the news about the second A-bomb.”

“What else can you tell me about the history you lived through dad?” asked Alice. She was working on a high school history paper.

“I was on my way home from the little town hospital after you were born back in ‘53 when I stopped by A.J.’s place to listen to the evening news and we heard that the troops were finally coming home from Korea.”

“Were you at the barbershop when Kennedy was killed?” Asked Alice as she tried to show of her history knowledge.

With a big grin on his face James nodded his head, “that is if you mean Jack Kennedy, some of you young folks get him and his brother Bobby mixed up.”

“Yes dad, I know my history. But what about RFK? Were you at the barbershop when he was killed?”

“No, we moved from New York about a month or so before Robert F. Kennedy died.” Replied James.

“I am interested in this barbershop you keep mentioning, could we go there on a long weekend trip?” asked Alice.

“No, there is nothing to see. Andy Jr. boarded up the old Barbershop in the summer of ‘76 after a new barbershop came to town with it’s modern equipment and color TV. He started to loose business so he took an early retirement.”

Time goes by as it always does and before long Alice, who never married, was 57 years old and had the summer off. She was a history teacher. She decided to take a bus ride out to Woodington and see what was left of that old town so near the Catskills.

It was dark as she got off the bus at the Woodington bus stop. Not much had happened in this old town. It wasn’t a ghost town but in the dark, it sure looked like it.

She walked quickly through the darkly lit streets of downtown Woodington and turned the corner only to notice that the only lights illuminating the entire block were from the old barber shop which had been vacant for years. There was a loose sign hanging from the brick wall that faintly read “Andy’s Barbershop.” Even the barber pole was slowly spinning in the dark.

“That’s it,” she thought to herself. “That’s Andy’s barbershop.” Intrigued by the only lights illuminating the entire block, she walked closer to the barbershop. It was clearly run down and had all the evidence of being vacant for decades. “Why were the lights on?” Alice thought to herself.

When she got to the window and looked inside, she was shocked to see a myriad of couples . . . waltzing. She stood there looking through the large glass window for several minutes until someone inside made eye contact with her.

Alice was shocked at seeing someone she knew . . . but that person was dead. She buried her mother ten years ago. Now there she was, in a long fancy gown. She watched as her mother tugged on the arm of a man in a nice black suite. He turned around to look at his wife and saw Alice through the window.

Hand in hand, both her father and mother walked to the door and motioned for her to come inside. Alice, feeling stunned with a dose of disbelief, walked into Andy’s barbershop. She felt a little tingle of warmth come over her which caused her to look down. As she did, she noticed a beautiful vintage gown in place of her sweat shirt and jeans.

She realized the waltzing music in the background. No words were yet spoken as she was ushered further into the shop. Then her father tapped an older looking gentleman on the shoulder, he turned around and the silence was broken as James Jr. said “Dad, I’d like you to meet your granddaughter Alice. Alice, this is grandpa Jim.”

Troy Wagstaff © Copyright. All rights reserved.

The Sacred Is In The Ordinary

Inspirational Quote – The Sacred Is In The Ordinary

The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends and family, in one’s backyard. – Abraham Maslow

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Just How Important Are People?

Just How Important Are People?

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This is a popular and catchy Christian or Inspirational quote by Mother Teresa that says

“Some people come into your life as blessings, others come into your life as lessons.” (Mother Teresa)

To a Christian, people are everything. We are told to love our neighbor as our selves. We are taught that “done it unto one of the least of these my brethren . . .” and so on. But does that mean we need to be around all kinds of people regardless of what their like?

I don’t think so. We do need to love all people and pray for our enemy and serve them etc., but that doesn’t mean we have to be friends with them. If “thy right eye offend thee then pluck it out.” That parable is given to teach us that we should cast away from us any unclean or unrighteous thing that could tear us down and hurt us in any way. But it doesn’t teach us to be unkind to those types of people. We still need to love them and serve them as we are able. Some people come into our life to bless us and help us become better people and to become our friends or family. Other people bless our lives as a teaching aid. That doesn’t mean we have to pal around with them if they tend to tear us down.

So just how important are people to our lives? They are very important to bless our lives with kindness and support while others provide us a chance to serve and grow by our association with them.

We need to keep ourselves uplifted and renewed so that we have the spiritual power to help those in need and live as good examples to those around us.

Troy Wagstaff © Copyright. All rights reserved.

Just How Important Are People?

A Song Dedication To Fibro Awareness – We Are The Champions

A Song Dedication To Fibro Awareness – We Are The Champions

Dedicating ‘We Are The Champions” by Freddie Mercury to Fibro Awareness

Fibro Awareness words in (parenthesis)

I’ve paid my dues
(Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms, or tightness)

Time after time
(Day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute, with no end in sight)

I’ve done my sentence
(Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy, Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep. Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long)

But committed no crime
(I didn’t ask for this, I didn’t go looking for it.)
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
(Doing things I knew would hurt the next day)
I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face
(Well meaning people or family being insensitive or lack understanding or empathy)

But I’ve come through
(I’m still alive and fighting)

And we mean to go on and on and on and on
(We intend to see a cause and cure and hold on with hope)

We are the champions – my friends
(We will not give up hope!)

And we’ll keep on fighting Till the end
we_are_the_champions_fibro_awareness(It’s not in us to give up, we are fighters to reclaim some sense of our former self.)

We are the champions
(We are champions for not giving up hope.)
We are the champions
(We will no longer be ignored by the medical establishment!)

No time for losers
(We have no time for negative people in our lives. We try to stay positive in the midst of pain. We need positive attitudes around us more than ever)
‘Cause we are the champions of the World

(We will be the champion of the world when everyone that suffers from fibromyalgia will have medical help and a cure.)

I’ve taken my bows
And my curtain calls

(Our bows and curtain calls will come when they know what causes fibromylagia and have a cure or better treatment)
You brought me fame and fortune
And everything that goes with it
I thank you all

(We thank everyone who has supported us and understood us throughout our disabling illness)
But it’s been no bed of roses

(Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks AKA Fibro Fog. Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea, AKA IBS)

No pleasure cruise

(Tension or migraine headaches, Jaw and facial tenderness. Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold)
I consider it a challenge before
The whole human race
And I ain’t gonna lose

(Our health has been taken from us but not our hope. With hope we can’t loose.)

And we mean to go on and on and on and on

(And we mean to see this illness through to the end!)

We are the champions – my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting
Till the end

(We are not the type of people to give up.)
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers

(We’ve had many distractors calling fibromyalgia a trash can diagnoses and other disparaging remarks. We have no time for negative people.)
‘Cause we are the champions of the World

We are the champions – my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting
Till the end

(We choose not to let the constant bone crushing chronic pain keep us down. We will keep of fighting until a cure or better treatment is found.)
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers

(We have no time for negativity or distractors. We are down enough and we need positive energy around us to help us fight this chronic illness.)
‘Cause we are the champions

(Not giving up makes us champions my friend.)

Fibro – Awareness

Fibromyalgia Symptoms:

Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms, or tightness.

fibro_symptomsModerate or severe fatigue and decreased energy.

Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep.

Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long.

Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks (“fibro fog”).

Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome).

Tension or migraine headaches.

Jaw and facial tenderness.

Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold.

Feeling anxious or depressed.

Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet.

Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder).

Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise.

Wisdom Of The Irish

Wisdom Of The Irish

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Irish Proverb:
The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.


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Irish Proverb

Young people don’t know what old age is and old people forget what youth was.


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Irish Proverb

There’s nothing so bad it couldn’t be worse.


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Irish Proverb

Better the trouble that follows death than the trouble  that follows shame.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. These Irish Memes are free to use without modification.


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