Word Wednesday Nugget: He Lives


Which Armor Are You Wearing: The Tin Man’s Armor or The Whole Armor Of God?

Dr. Rebekah McCloud

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I have a good group of friends; many are in ministry at their respective churches. In the past few months, I have noticed that they referenced being in a battle. Specifically, engagement in spiritual warfare. I encourage them to put on the whole armor of God and to pray without ceasing, and I touch and agree that I will pray with and for them. I am rethinking that response. 

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I am convinced, even more, each day, that we are in spiritual warfare. We must be on guard; the Bible says even the very elect will be fooled. Ephesians 6:12 says, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” 

I once heard a Humanist talk about religion. Her motto was “Good without a God.” At the end of her talk, she said she wished Christians would stop saying they would pray for people. She did not need it. My, Lord. I am not good, without God and I will not stop praying. The word says we are saved or condemned by our beliefs (Matthew 12:37). I believe in a living God.

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We know our job. The Great Commission says we are to be fishers of men. Matthew 28:18-20 tells us to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Even if we fall short and do not do our job the Lord will be vindicated. Luke 19:40 tells us that if we “keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” I do not know about you, but neither rocks nor dry bones will cry out nor walk for me. 

I told you I was rethinking my response. In addition to encouraging folks to put on the whole armor of God, to pray without ceasing, and to touch and agree, I will encourage them to adopt a battle cry. The Bible lists were several battle cries. Joshua chapter 6 tells of the fall of the city of Jericho. Verse 5 says in part, “All the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall flat.” They were victorious. That was a mighty battle cry.

In 2 Kings 7: 3-7, we read about four men with leprosy who went into the Aramean camp. The Lord intervened for them; verses 6-7 say in part, “The Lord caused the Arameans to hear chariots and horses and a great army… So, they got up and fled and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.” The four men were victorious. That was a mighty battle cry.

Judges chapter 7 talks about how Gideon and his army of 300 men were successful in a battle against the 135,000-man Midian army. Equipped with trumpets, clay jars, and lanterns, Gideon’s army marched onward. When the time came, they broke their jars, blew their trumpets, and shouted, “A sword for the Lord and Gideon.” The Midianites were confused and afraid; verse 21 says in part, “All the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.” Gideon and his army were victorious. That was a mighty battle cry.

Fortunately, our battles are different. 2 Corithians10:3-5 reminds us that, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

I am so glad I serve a living God who gave his only begotten son so that I may have everlasting life. He is a living God: The Alpha and Omega, the I Am, Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Nissi. He is the bright and morning star, the Rose of Sharon, and the Prince of Peace. He is a living God! 

He lives! That is my battle cry. Nicole C. Mullens sings a song that says, “I know my redeemer lives. All of creation testifies, this life within me cries, I know my redeemer, He lives.” Amen and Amen. I cannot imagine my life without God. We need to prepare for the battle. Let us suit up, take every thought captive, and ready our battle cry. Amen

Dr. Rebekah McCloud

More than 40 years of service in education (K-12 and higher education). Authored more than 100 publications , made more than 200 presentations, designed workshops, and facilitated training.  

Rebekah McCloud is a retired faculty administrator who last served as the Executive Director of TRIO Programs at the University of Central Florida. She has one video in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1999 Forum.

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