Ephesians 6:10-11 (NKJV)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Last week we discussed the importance of being prayerful. Today, we will explore the necessity of being engaged and woke to ourselves.
The third tool to staying woke is to fight or engage! Satan is creeping and knows your temptation - gossip, lies, stealing, cheating, betrayal, manipulation, lust, jealousy, envy, gluttony, coveting, hatred, bigotry, self-loathing - are all the ways Satan creeps up in your ear, your mind, your relationships, your household - to create chaos! You need to stay woke of what’s going inside of you! During your preparation of embarking upon new seasons in your life, it's important to conduct an armor check. God's armor protects you while mounting your faith in him and ultimately understanding that it is important to stay connected to Him in ALL seasons of your life. Satan is known as the Great Deceiver, so it is important to train in and wear the black belt of Truth! Satan also aims to break your righteousness - the state of being right with God; therefore, protect your heart with the Breastplate of Righteousness. The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace prepares you to share the Good News and combat Satan with the word of God. The Shield of Faith covers weaknesses in your armor and your shield will never fail because God is always faithful to you. The Helmet of Salvation protects you from thinking ungodly thoughts, and the Sword of the Spirit guides you into a Godly way of thinking and living. Thus, spiritual preparedness takes the full armor! Therefore, today, ask yourself, is my armor on? Are you ready to fight or engage in the battles that go on inside of you that prevent you from fully be woke to why you keep hitting the glass ceiling that you have on yourself? Or why you continue to stay captured inside of the self-made prison that you have the key to unlock through the power of the holy spirit?
I urge you to be woke! Be woke by being alert and watching, aware by praying, and engage by fighting. Just know, people who are hostile to your community’s progress and more specifically to your personal progress are, and will intentionally try to keep you under educated, under politically represented, under encouraged, under valued, under appreciated, and under recognized! So stay woke, Satan is creeping he gonna find you and better not catch you sleeping, now Stay Woke!!!