Have you ever dropped food onto the front of a blouse or into your lap? You know the longer that stain has a chance to set, the harder it is to get out. You can’t just throw the item into the wash without specially treating it with something like Spray n’ Wash or Shout before washing it. Sometimes a stain may even need to be pre-treated with something more drastic like lye soap or bleach.
We could have prevented getting the stain in the first place had we tucked a napkin in our collar and laid one in our laps. Mothers know to put a bib on babies when feeding them for just that reason — to keep food stains off their clothes.
So how do we keep from staining our souls and lives with sin? Sin can be like an untreated stain on a blouse we wear. It’s been there so long that we no longer pay it any attention, but others can see it. We can even wear a shirt over the one with the stain and no one will see it, but we’ll know it’s there.
We cannot cover up sin and hide it from Abba. He knows it’s there and so do we. We must remove that sin ourselves through repentance and prayer, asking forgiveness and being cleansed from its stain. If we do not then sometimes our heavenly Father has to withdraw His protection and allow something to come into our lives to jolt us to see what needs attention.
So how do we keep from staining our souls and lives with sin? We do it by putting on the armor of our heavenly Father as we have been told to do in Ephesians 6:11-18:
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
The knights of old wore armor into battle for their physical protection. We should wear the armor that Abba has provided for our spiritual protection. If we do not put on the whole armor of Elohim, we leave ourselves open to the stain of this world and sin. If we allow that stain of sin to “set” in our lives, it may take something drastic to make it come out of us.
If we are to be the bride of our Savior, without spot or wrinkle, we must be careful to put on our armor every day and to keep being “washed by the water of the Word”:
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:26,27)
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