“It says right here that you need to wear leather gloves and goggles,” I say to my husband. He’s decided to take down the mirrored wall in our living room that is 1970’s chic. The problem is that we don’t really know how to tackle it. It’s glued on there like cement. So, I do what every Do-It-Yourself-er knows to do – I watch a video on You Tube for instruction.
My husband turns toward me briefly and flashes a lopsided gin. “Nah, I can do this,” he assures me. He is not interested in the video at all.
“Listen up, dude, that wall is glass. It can break into a million pieces and cut you up. Promise me you will wear big goggles and a long shirt. I happen to like your baby blues, and I do not want to end up in the emergency room with you again.”
I shake my head and wish I had a less stubbornly independent husband. What is he thinking? He needs protection.
It’s not until the next morning as I am sitting up in bed that God reminds me I am just as stubborn. You see, I tend to face my day with the same recklessness that my man faces a remodeling project.
Every day, I am facing a wall plastered in pride that needs to come down. I’ve lived with its ugliness for so long that I wonder how to even begin tackling it.
I can’t brashly say “I’ve got this one, God.” Dismantling a stronghold of sin is not a DIY project. I need protection. I must arm myself with powerful tools.
If I try to take down that wall in my own strength, I am going to end up wounded and weary. So, I turn to the Master Builder for instruction.
How to Dismantle a Wall:
Step One: I must protect myself. It begins by walking in peace and covering my mind with a helmet that will project my thinking when the darts of the enemy start flying. My tender heart should be encased in an armored plate of His righteousness that is just right for my size.
Step Two: I must immerse myself in the instruction manual. I need to tie its wisdom tightly around my core. Truth will help me hold things together if life starts falling apart.
Step Three: I must pick up the right tools. Faith will shield me from any shards that try to penetrate my life. The sword of the Spirit is sharp enough to pierce through any barrier that stands in my way.
Step Four: I must get on my knees every morning and call out to God for His all—powerful intervention. I’m adopting two new hashtags: #ArmorOn #PrayedUp
Today is not a DIY Project.
Rather than make a DIY mess, let’s arm ourselves with God’s protective gear and powerful weapons as we partner with Him to tear down walls and transform the atmosphere.
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