As parents, Bible teachers, or leaders, we must “practice what we preach” or LIVE what we TEACH. And honestly, it is much easier to TEACH it than to LIVE it!
How can I live what I teach? On my own, I cannot. I need God’s help every day. Just like an army prepares for battle, so should I prepare for the spiritual battle that awaits to defeat me every day. This is not a battle against flesh, but against Satan.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
In his book, “Dangerous Calling” Paul Tripp is speaking to those of us serving in ministry as a lay leader or staff member. He says, it’s
“a war for the gospel in your own heart. Grace enables you to be a good soldier.” He goes on to say, “You and I cannot permit ourselves to live a ministry life that lacks consistency and integrity. You and I must understand that we have been called to battle for the gospel of Jesus Christ and that war begins in our hearts.”
Am I really the same person at church as I am at home? Am I wearing the armor of God with consistency and integrity?
11 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
14 “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit…”
It is a war out there. At work, at home, and even at church. We are in a battle every day against Satan. With the armor of God we can defeat Satan so that we can actually LIVE what we TEACH.