Subject To Harm
Whatever part of ourselves and our lives we withhold from God are subject to harm. Whatever parts of ourselves we surrender to Him are invulnerable. The issue is what we have committed to Him and what we have withheld from Him.
2 Timothy 1:12: For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
The most important thing that we must surrender to Him is our heart.
Proverbs 4:23: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
We cannot keep our hearts. We must commit them to Him for safe keeping. That is how to keep your heart.
Psalm 7:10: My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
Psalm 59:17: Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.
Psalm 62:2: He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
Psalm 62:6: He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
Psalm 94:22: But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
The Psalmist was like a broken record about the Lord being his defence. He learned the hard way that whenever he got out of the Lord*s will he was harmed and he harmed himself. He was then defenseless. Stepping out of God*s will is stepping out of the armor of God.
Ephesians 6:11: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:14-18: Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
The armor can seem to be just for us as individuals, but it is not. The armor is to enable us to perseverance and supplication for all saints. When we take off any part of God*s armor as individuals, we will be unable to unselfishly bless other Christians. We need to be spiritually protected in order to be spiritually healthy. We need to be spiritually healthy in order to be spiritually helpful to others. Whether we are aware of it or not, our sin impacts other believers negatively. When we are nursing our own wounds, we aren*t much help to others. Staying in the will of God is not just a selfish thing. It blesses God and benefits others. One of the hallmarks of Christianity is unselfishness. The first step toward unselfishness is to get right with God.
James 2:8: If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
Loving our neighbors is an additional part of the armor of God. Loving others provides protection for ME. Being and remaining selfish makes me subject to spiritual harm. Being in God*s will can protect us from harm like a big umbrella can keep us dry.