December 22, 2010

The Armor of Light: Your Power Online

Editor’s Note: This post is part of the @stickyJesus Blog Tour of Light. We’re blessed to count the co-authors as part of our community of prayer and appreciate how they illuminate the value of online celebrations of faith.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand.
Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness,
and let us put on the armor of light.
- Romans 13:12, NKJV

Light shines. It glows. It illuminates creation and weaves brilliance into beauty. That’s lovely and it’s true but it’s not what the Apostle Paul is talking about when he writes to the Romans in Chapter 13.

He isn’t so much focused on the beauty of light as he is on the power of light against darkness. He tells believers in Rome that with their rebirth in Christ, they gained “the armor of light,” which rendered the final score:

Christ follower 1 || Satan 0

Living online includes filtering a perpetual stream of contrary ideas, religions, values, opinions, and cultures. At times that gulf seems so ominous, some believers reason that Christians should retreat, avoiding social networks and technology altogether. But Paul is on an entirely different channel and tells the Romans to advance with confidence bearing the armor of light.

So what are we so afraid of? Scripture says the armies of the Lord cannot be defeated, but it doesn’t say we can’t defeat ourselves.

Not using your light is like charging a war zone with a squirt gun. Rather than becoming messengers of God’s love and lordship on this earth, we become retreaters and excuse makers. And we can’t blame God. He never puts our light under a shade—we do. When we don’t (or won’t) advance based on the promises of God, we allow the enemy to neutralize us. In truth, we neutralize ourselves. We become unfit for battle.

The power Paul is talking about comes from our righteousness in Christ and a life lived out in relationship with God. That is the greatest stockpile of power we could ever hope to possess. True power comes from walking with God-confidence through the chaos of war and claiming another battle for your King.

Contemplate: What sort of presence and impact do you have online?

On Twitter? Please post this tweet: The best armor for any battle is your faith & complete trust in Father, Son & Holy Spirit. #LiveSticky

Join @StickyJesus tomorrow at Patsy Clairmont's blog for The Gift of Light: Heaven Kisses Earth with a Savior.


Tami Heim said...

I prayerfully consider this every day...

I am grateful for morning prayer with my friends at the Virtual Abbey. That special time is part of my morning discipline of solitude and prayer. It is part of what gets me centered for the day.

As those of that participate know - prayer changes everything - in you and around you. Thanks for creating a place where hearts unite in prayer, worship, and complete adoration. \0/

Many thanks to the faithful that make this happen for so many of us. You are deeply appreciated and loved. #PBWY

Merry Christmas!

toni birdsong said...

Prayer is one of our greatest weapons in our arsenal as Christ followers. Grateful for the digital power the Virtual Abbey weilds online each day! God bless your ministry.