We may possess unwavering confidence from God during a crises when we learn to “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:12) The Amplified Bible fuller explains this exciting passage: “Besides this you know what [a critical] hour this is, how it is high time now for you to wake up out of your sleep (rouse to reality). For salvation (final deliverance) is nearer to us now than when we first believed (trusted in Christ, the Messiah). The night is far gone and the day is almost here. Let us then drop (fling away) the works and deeds of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light.” (Romans 13:11-12)
How does the Bible instruct us to put on this “full armor of light” in order to have the confidence of God?
It says: “Let us live and conduct ourselves honorably and becomingly as in the [open light of] day, not in reveling (carousing) and drunkenness, not in immorality and debauchery (sensuality and licentiousness), not in quarreling and jealousy. But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts).” (Romans 13:13-14)
To “clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus,” who is HOLY, is to let go of anything that is NOT HOLY. If we find ourselves losing confidence during a crises, it’s often because we’re holding onto things that are in direct conflict with God’s holiness. These sins are like a disease that produce mind-clouding anxiety and defeats us. We are like a warrior—armed with the most powerful weapon ever made—but who is not choosing to use them.
Confidence comes when we root out the disease and become strong in Christ!
This means confess weakness and the sins of fear, doubt, worry, and any unholy thought or deed that is darkness…AND FLING it away! Clean out the closet so the enemy has nothing to use against us. But it also means, spend time “clothing yourself with Jesus,” which means making Him the most important part of every aspect of our life. We must begin with Him in the morning, end with Him at night, and allow Him to shepherd every move in-between!
When we fully trust in the Creator and the lover of our soul, we have HIS confidence.
God does not intend for His children to fight the battle without Him. He has given us “the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (Ephesians 6:14-17)
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