Armed For Victory by Robin Prater

Today’s devo comes from Robin Prater’s the Robin’s Nest. I visit Robin’s blog frequently. The past few years, she has faced numerous challenges, and yet, through it all, her faith remains strong and her witness bright. Most only read her words and will never know the deep reservoir of strength they come from. Yet those of us who know Robin personally are challenged by her faithful obedience–she is truly a modern day Joseph.
This article first appeared on her blog on November 10th, 2010.
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No matter where I am, in light or dark, I can see God in everything big and small. From the tiny butterfly to the biggest constellations. I am a star gazer. I love looking at the night sky and seeing before me a beauty that takes my breath away. We can see God in everything. He makes His glory known. How can we look around and not see a magnificent Creator who holds everything in His hands?
Have you ever studied the constellation Orion? It is one of those fascinating pictures of God placing light in just the right places for us to see clearly a portrait of His mighty power. Orion is known as the Great Hunter. When we look at Orion we see a helmet, a belt, a sword, a shield and feet. It is a picture–a reminder, of the armor of God.

Isaiah 40:26 “Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things, who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; Not one is missing.”

Job 9:9-10 “He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south; He does great things past finding out, Yes, wonders without numbers.”

The constellation of Orion reminds me nightly to put on, afresh, the armor I have been given.

*Belt of Truth

*Breastplate of Righteousness

*Sandals of Peace

*Shield of Faith

*Helmet of Salvation

*Sword of the Spirit

Ephesians 6:10-20 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 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, being watchful to the end with all perseverance, and supplication for all the saints and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

God gives us all we need to face each day and face it without fear, with joy. The question is, have you put it on, or are you going about your day unclothed? I love how  a solitary flicker of light breaks the darkness. The same is with our hearts. Just a little of God goes a long way my friends. He fills us with all we need and more. His creation radiates His love. The cross revealed His passion. His passion is for His children.

In Orion’s belt there are three bright stars. I do not think it coincidence that there are three bright stars in the belt, which would be the belt of truth. What is truth? John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.'” We have the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three in one, the Holy Trinity, which is truth. We have His Word, the Bible, to saturate our minds and dispel all deception and falsehood.

God’s truth surrounds us and holds everything else in place. God’s truth enables you to live for him, like a glimmering lamp shattering the darkness.

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before me, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in Heaven.”

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And remember, if you think Robin’s post should make it to our top 3 of 2010, “like” it, tweet it, fb share it or leave a comment and I’ll tally them all for our end of the month reveal. And if you’re confused about the armor of God, check out this article: What is the Full Armor of God?

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