The High Places Of Life
In the first two chapters of Ephesians, the writer spoke of God's great work in salvation--the mighty power that God loosed unto us in the work of salvation. In the third chapter, he dealt with God's willingness and readiness to work through our lives and encourages us to know that there are greater heights and deeper depths than any of us have yet reached. None of us have attained 100 percent of what God wants us to be. We may be obeying everything up to a point of understanding, but there are higher heights and deeper depths to be gained.
The fourth chapter brought up the unity of the Church and the unity of the Spirit, and it tells us that still, today, we must endeavor to keep it. Chapters five and six (to the tenth verse) dealt with the relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, employer and employee.
Then in Chapter 6, verse 10, Paul reached the apex of what he was saying-he started verse 10 with "Finally.". That means it is a finale, letting us know that while he had been dealing with many other things, he was about to put a capsheaf on it all. "Finally, my brethren."
Notice that the Ephesians letter brought up beautiful, "high" experiences that God has for us even in this day and age as it dealt with various types of relationships in each of our lives. Then Paul said that we are to "put on the WHOLE armour of God". Why? Because spiritual wickedness has exalted itself to (and invaded) the "high" places in our lives, and those high places include our salvation, our marriage, our home and our job. The "high" places are those things that we spend the most time doing in our lives, those things that matter so much to us.
Paul was teaching Christians how to live in those days and his instructions are just as relevant today as they were when he penned them! We don't need a preacher to tell us that wickedness has permeated the high places in our lives. Divorce (when there is even the ceremony of marriage) is rampant. Salvation is being thrown out the windows of our homes and churches. Day after day, spirits of the enemy of our souls are talking men and women out of their experiences--thus causing them to give up and turn back to sin. Even the jobs we hold have been seriously affected by the ills in our world today.
The "high" places mentioned in the book of Ephesians are those things in our everyday lives that God ordained to be blessings to us. But the author of confusion, the devil, has invaded each of those "high" places. Because of it, we hate to go to work. We hate our jobs or our bosses or our fellow employees. We hate to live together and walk away from our problems instead of working through them.
All four of the "high" places we mentioned are from God's drawing board. He has the power and the perfect plan for keeping them operating beautifully. We had better realize, if we allow the devil to get a hold on us as he has the nominal religious world, if we give place to him, it will be only a matter of time till our own "high" places are wrecked and ruined.
The Battles We Face
Paul instructed us in Ephesians 6:11 to "put on the WHOLE armour of God". Why? Because life contains many arenas of battle. And let me tell you this, while struggling to keep something, to hold onto it may not be out and out warfare, it may well seem like it by the time the victory is won. A good example is a healthy marriage. In order for a healthy marriage to remain healthy, both partners will have times of struggle to keep it that way.
"Struggles" come in all shapes and sizes--it may be a struggle to not "vent" on your husband and wife about an error they made or the way they do something differently than you. It may be a struggle to resist a temptation that might present itself to you behind your husband or wife's back. There may be a struggle of learning to control spending between the two of you so that a budget can be maintained. There are many numbers of ways that struggles manifest themselves, but if we have on the armor of God, we can stand together as the partners God has made us in our marriage and resist the wiles of the devil.
Another arena of battle may be your salvation. There are many who think when they get saved, God sets them down on a nice soft pillow and takes them through a flowery bed of ease through the rest of their lifetime. Others seem to think that there will never again be another challenge to present itself, that all will be peace and harmony. Not in this life, my friends! We have an adversary, the devil, who goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour and let me tell you, those who profess to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are his favorite fare! Why is that?
Think about it for a moment and it will never perplex you again. The devil is the ruler of what? Verse 12 of Ephesians, Chapter 6 tells us, 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. Where do all these battles take place? .in "high" places! And those places are? Our salvation, our marriage, our home and our job. The devil already has control of the sinful world, so he has plenty of time to "go about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour". Spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil are present in our lives, every day, sent to destroy us, and they will IF we are not fully enclosed in the WHOLE armor of God.
There are no two ways about it. No matter how bright a salvation experience you have, how strong a marriage you have, how good a job you have (or how "secure" you feel in it), there is only ONE place of protection: the WHOLE armour of God. Paul used a metaphor from an army to describe it because we wear it to protect us in the battles we face.
In our society of today, we face as never before, an all-out attitude of "go-alongism". We call it "peaceful co-existence", such as that with the anti-God theologies of this world: communism, Marxism, etc. All the time, it is strengthening the forces of evil nations. In far TOO many cases, the "Church" is trying to go along with the world, trying to find a "middle ground" for "peace co-existence". That's the same as faith going along with unbelief. Folks can try to do it all they want, but they are opposites and cannot peacefully co-exist. Evil is never satisfied with "co-existing"--it always tries to overthrow good.
Our human nature is something we can never get rid of, at least not in this life. Now understand this: we cannot get rid of the human (mortal) and still live in this world. We MUST bring nature of our body under subjection and keep it there by the Holy Spirit. The Word of God teaches us that we can pray according to our will: Whatsoever ye desire. is according to our will. However, as followers of Christ, we must bring our will into submission and subject ourselves to the Will of God.
Certainly, our human nature cries out for an easy life! There are those times when we are called upon to "take a stand", but our human nature tries to raise up and "make a truce" with evil forces. Why is that? Because it takes less sacrifice, less effort! Far too many people today hide behind the term "Christian" without taking on the responsibility that goes along with it. To be a true "Christian", one must be a follower of Christ. They want to be "soldiers", just not in active service. They want the medals to display during dress parade, but not the battles to earn them! They want the crown, but without the cross.
Certainly, we grow weary at times. Sometimes it seems as if every way we turn involves another engagement of warfare against the enemy. It can be draining, tiring, intimidating, if we forget that it is not we, ourselves, fighting the battle. If we try to take on the battles ourselves, we shall surely mess up! If we try to arm ourselves with our own weapons or armor of "our design", I assure you, we will surely fail.
The true vocation of every believer is conflict, and there is not a single exception to the rule. Our orders are to battle--stand until death. The last enemy to overcome is death, so we are right in there against enemies until we get to the very last one.
Verse 12 tells us that we are "wrestling" against "unseen forces". Oh believe me, some of them present themselves in very human, tangible form, but the evil that is behind that tangible form is unseen to the natural (carnal) eye. We "war" against unseen forces. Our only hope of survival is in God. Therefore, ...take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand...
Stand and Withstand
Did you notice that in Verse 11, Paul said, "that ye may be able to stand" and in Verse 13, "that ye may be able to withstand"? The armor of God works both ways: "that ye may be able to stand" means that when the attempt is made to put something on you, you need to take stand against it, not run from it. "That ye may be able to withstand" means you come through victorious when the enemy tries to take something from you or put something on you.
This is the most effective way the devil works on Christians. He will try to put something on you and if that doesn't work, he will try to take something from you. Therefore, our only hope of standing and withstanding is in the WHOLE armour of God. That "armour" is God's perfect plan of protection for us!
Verse 13 tells us to take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day. There are all kinds of "evil days" mentioned in the Bible: an "evil day" of affliction or an "evil day" of spiritual (or physical) weakness or an "evil day" of loss in our lives. Whatever our "evil days" entail, and there will be "evil days" in all our lives, we CAN withstand them, if we are protected within the WHOLE armour of God.
Let me tell you, the devil will watch you, while you are having a "strong season" (period of time) just to catch you in one weak moment! He knows exactly when and from what direction to attack! A physical disease may come upon you, or it could be a financial reverse, or some burden to weigh you down. He knows when to attack, and it is always at a moment of weakness.
Allow me to ask you a question right now. Do you know one of the moments when we, as Christians, are most vulnerable to an attack of the enemy? I said, MOST vulnerable? Right after we have seen victory. That's right, that's what I said, and I want you to remember it. When we are basking in the afterglow of a victory over something we've been praying about, something in our lives, whatever, if we are not careful to remain guarded in our spirits, ole' slewfoot will sneak in and catch us "not watching". As wonderful as victories are in our lives, we cannot allow ourselves to become prideful or think it's a time to "coast". If we remain in our "battle array", that WHOLE armour of God, we can stand in the most evil day that comes upon us. We do NOT have to let down, give up, or give in!
Now allow me to bring out a very vital point here. Every time we think of "armor", we think of "fighting". However, read our scripture text over again and see where it says that we are "fight". It does NOT, does it? It says we are to put on the whole armour of God and what? 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. Verses 13 and 14. It says nothing about "fight"-it tells us to S-T-A-N-D. Why is that? Because all through the Word of God we are assured, time after time, the battle is the Lord's. God promises to fight our battles for us! We get in trouble when we take up our own weapons and start slinging them about!
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. Now read it again: "and having done all, to fight". No! That is not how it reads! But many see that word "stand" and interpret it "fight". They have every kind of "fighting spirit" imaginable. Preachers stand in the pulpits and say it is all right to have a "fighting spirit" if you are fighting for truth. Doing something right the wrong way makes it wrong. It is never right to have a "fighting spirit"! A "fighting spirit" will not fit inside the armor of God.
Yes, there will be battle after battle, that is true. However, we don't have to fight them. They have already been won for us, and any "combat" there may be is done for us by the Lord. We put on the WHOLE armour of God so we can withstand in the evil days of affliction, temptation, persecution, and. in the evil days of reaping what we have sown.
"Wait a minute, wait a minute! Reaping? What reaping? There's no reaping, I've been forgiven of my sins." Glory to God for your salvation, but there always comes a time of reaping. Now understand this, because the mercies of God are made new to us every morning, our time of reaping won't be the same as it would have been without the Lord. And yes, His Grace is sufficient to see us through it, but there will still be reaping. The Word of God tells us, Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:7-9.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 instructs us, Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them. If I abused my physical body or disregarded my health when I was a young person, simply because I have received salvation for my soul does not mean I will not suffer the consequences of my foolhardy ways when I get older. So some of those "evil days" that we find spoken of in the Bible are those days of reaping that come to us all. Such days of reaping are not punishment--we have received forgiveness of our sins--but they are the consequences of earlier actions. (This is NOT to say that ALL afflictions that come upon us are the direct result of some sin we committed or bad decision we made earlier in life.)
Allow me to give you an illustration. I leave my keys in my car which is parked in my garage. My son, who is not of age to drive, takes it out onto the streets and causes an accident. The police call me and I go. My son cries, "I am so sorry. I disobeyed. Please forgive me for tearing up the car." I forgive him. In my heart and feelings toward him, it is as if it never happened, but that doesn't fix the car. It was still wrecked. Reaping.
Another example: we warn our children against "petting". But they think we don't want them to "have any fun", or we are old "foagies". They think, "Nothing is going to happen to me." Then they get into a situation and see their sin. They are sorry they did not listen. However, something has been started. A baby will be born. Reaping.
My father used to tell the story of one season of planting when he and his brother were sent to plant corn in one field while their dad planted something else in another. They didn't want to have to plant that corn! So they devised a plan: they would bury all the corn kernels in an old stump at the far end of the field. ("Nobody" would know, you see and they could go play sooner.) Yet, there came a day when the corn should have come up in the rows. The only place it could be found was in that old stump. It was consequence time. Reaping.
Having done all, to stand. In other words, when you have done all you can do to obey God, STAND. Don't grab up your sword and start swinging, don't run, don't fall, don't quit, don't move: STAND. The whole armour of God will protect us in all our "evil days", including times of reaping.
Satan's Subtle Attacks
Paul said in II Corinthians 2:11 that the only way we will stay free from the power of Satan is when we are NOT ignorant of his devices. Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. Therefore, if we are ignorant of how he works, he can get at us. Why do so many let foolish things become such a reality in their lives that they give up their Christian walk and go back to the world? It's because those principalities, those powers are so deceptive!
One of the major reasons those "unseen powers" can make such inroads in our lives is because they never "seem" to be against us! Think about it! They conceal themselves in our affections. When they begin to work on us, they make it "seem" that the claims of God are unreasonable. Those devils cannot gain any ground with us until we begin to get the attitude that God is requiring just too much of us!
Perhaps it is at a time when we are not up to par spiritually. The devil knows exactly when to attack. Already, we may have slowed down in our efforts for the Lord. We may still be sitting under the preacher's sermons, but we have begun to "nitpick" and find fault with them. Crafty, invisible foes suggest, "That is just going too far! You are wise. You have more knowledge than that fellow standing up there anyway. Why should you pay any attention to him? What does he know? You are an individual. I would not place too much stake in what he is saying." Then you go home reasoning.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. II Corinthians 11:3. The "simplicity in Christ" in Christ is simply doing what God says.
The devil still has the subtleness that he had back in the garden, when Eve was beguiled by him. He knows more about what is going on than you do, even if you have been around seventy years. He has more ideas. His only purpose is to be about the business of doing evil and hindering people from knowing God by a personal relationship through His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ! Oh the numbers the devil has influenced (beguiled) to "flip-flop", and some of them were better Christians than you and I!
Satan's attack on you is to lead you away from the simplicity of Christ. God gave Adam and Eve a plan, simple, understandable instruction: do NOT touch that tree! Now, go back and read for yourself how the devil began his attack. He waited until Eve was alone; Adam was not there to add his strength of resistance to hers. God issued ONE instruction: "do NOT touch". The devil came up with three reasons why she could: (1) it was good to look at; (2) it was good to eat, and (3) it would make her wise.
You see any subtleness (sneakiness, craftiness) in that? God's Word tells us, "Thou shalt not steal." Yet, we can quickly come up with five (or more) reasons why it's OK for us to cheat the insurance company, put down extra hours we did not work, sneak those office supplies home, etc. (1) they won't miss them; (2) they don't pay me enough, I'm making up for it; (3) they can afford it; (4) I'm just borrowing, or (5) everybody else does it. God doesn't have five reasons why we should not do it. He has only one: He said so!
The subtlety of the devil starts right in when we begin to conceive any reason for disobeying God. The unseen forces are crafty of evil are crafty because they make it appear that the claims of God are unreasonable, that the way to Heaven is cold and forbidding.
Overcome Satan's Strongholds
Evil spirits' strongholds are right in our nature. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:21. Our body has NOT been cleansed. The body is merely an instrument of the soul. Paul wrote, But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. I Corinthians 9:27.
The members of the body are used by the inner man. Our souls have been redeemed, but we wait for the redemption of our body until the second coming of Christ. Our earthly, carnal, fleshly nature is the devil's stronghold on us, and we need to realize it. We MUST keep our bodies (carnal thoughts and actions) under subjection to the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, that which is carnal will overrule that which is spiritual and our eternal souls will suffer for it.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:3-5. The NIV puts that scripture passage this way: "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
The devil has exalted himself to a pretty high position when he exalts himself against the Word of God. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. I Corinthians 2:14. Then verse 16 comes along and tells us that we have the mind of Christ. We CAN know God's Will in a matter. We can know what God thinks about a circumstance. That is true knowledge. However, the devil would love to come along and cause us to start "reasoning" against that which we know!
The weapons God has given us are His Word and prayer. Go back and read our scripture text, paying particular attention to verses 17 and 18. Paul had just finished describing the armour of God, then he talked about the weapons God has furnished us to go along with that armor: the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God and prayer (praying with supplication in the Spirit). With these two weapons, we are able to cast down (conquer, overcome) "reasonings" and bring them into captivity. We need to use God's thoughts about things to fight all other thoughts. If we will stick to God's thoughts, we will be able to bring all other thoughts (reasonings, conflicts, confusion) in our minds into captivity (under subjection)!
Many folks have reached an position of uncertainty in their experience with God because they allowed the devil to set up a council hall in their minds and they tried to reason against God's Word. Sometimes, there is that about us that rises up in opposition against God's Will being done in our lives. A "stronghold" is created that would rival the walls of Jericho. But just as God brought those physical walls down, He is able to bring down the mental walls that we get in our minds due to our weakness in knowing His thoughts and His Ways and His plans for our lives.
Our God has the power to cast down (destroy) every thought that is against the knowledge of God. Those "reasonings" that we allow the devil to put into our minds against God's Word can be ignorance, prejudice, diverse lusts, vain imaginations, high (self-exalted) thoughts, or proud conceits. Each of those things war against the knowledge of God. Through them, the devil endeavors to keep men from faith in and obedience to the Gospel. Through them, the devil takes possession of our hearts and moves in as if they were his own property. We need to remember: the door to our hearts is through our minds!
Gird Your Armor With Truth
God's thoughts are true. It takes God's thoughts to war against (and win victory over) all the others. Therefore, let us take God's thoughts about life, sin, holiness, worship and worldliness. The Word of God very plainly tells us how to do it.
Jesus overcame all those foes. How? Again, think about it. He came against them, not with nature's reasonings, not with His own arguments, but by quoting the Word of God! He was clothed in truth, purity, guilelessness, and perfect love. E-V-E-R-Y thing that He did, He did to glorify His Father in Heaven. His Will was submitted to that of His Father's. That's where we get into trouble! We're not submitted! We want to get the credit (glory) for all that we do! Yet look back through the Word of God, don't just take "my" word for it. Every place that Jesus gave glory, it was to His Father in Heaven, not to Himself!
We MUST put on Christ! There is no other way by which we can be overcomers of that which comes against us! When we are led into the wilderness (any place where we are not familiar with the "territory") and the devil offers falsity, fables or lies, turn them down! Don't start making truces with him! Don't enter into any "peace agreements" with him. There are NO peace agreements with the devil! S-T-A-N-D!!!
I want you to take note of one thing right here: when Paul listed all the "pieces" of the armour of God (go back and check it out), did you see anything listed for our backs? Let's see, there is the belt (or girdle) of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet shod with the preparation of the gospel, shield of faith and the helmet of salvation. Now he didn't forget about our backsides! It wasn't an oversight! Read it again and see for yourselves: and having done all, to stand. turn tail and RUN. What? That is NOT how it reads!!! (So why do we do it?) It reads: and having done all, to stand. STAND therefore.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw NIGH to God, and HE WILL DRAW NIGH TO YOU. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4: 7,8. Oh my! No wonder we get overtaken, and our "reasoning" gets all messed up! We try to have (at least) two opinions about everything. We try to "reason" things out to our own carnal understanding. It won't work, it won't work, it won't work! We must have "divine understanding" and that comes about through seeking God and learning the TRUTH of His Word.
S-T-A-N-D! Just stand. Not fight. Simply S-T-A-N-D. That's right, not even fight! The battle is the Lord's! God gives us the armor for our divine protection, but HE fights the battle! Now wouldn't you think that's a grand plan? "Oh my, I may be out here and the sounds of battle are all around me, but all I've got to do is just stand here. Don't have to lift a finger--it's all being done FOR me!" But that's not good enough for us! WE want to be the one cutting the swath of destruction, but all we manage to do is create a patch of confusion! Instead of us relying on God's power, little pipsqueaks that we are, we get all exalted within ourselves and then whine, "Why did God let this happen to me?"
There is NO armor for our backs, my friends and for a very GOOD reason. We are not to run, we are to simply S-T-A-N-D. If we will submit our will to God and get out of His Way, He will have His way in our lives, and His way is that we are victorious through, by, of and in Him! If we will quit interjecting our opinions, our interpretations and seek the mind of Christ, we CAN know the perfect will of God, the truth, for our lives.
Having Done All: STAND!
>Unseen forces want to break in on us, so we need to make certain that we know from whence cometh our strength, our armor, our protection, our power, and our victory! After we have done ALL to stand, Paul wrote, STAND!
STANDING in the military is the opposite of falling in battle, fleeing (running away) or yielding. Know this and know it well: for EVERY inch that you yield to the devil, he gains an inch, and with every inch that he gains, he gains favor of gaining still another!
After you have done ALL to stand, STAND. After you have stood, keep standing. Some have overcome and then been overcome because the devil shams defeat. He can cause us to feel we have defeated him, because he knows victory tends to go to a person's head (feeds their EGO). We need to keep the helmet of salvation on. The devil will sham defeat, wait until we relax or let down a bit, and then come back and bring a terrible disaster upon you.
When you have done all to stand, STAND. To STAND is to keep the field until the very last enemy is defeated and destroyed. Our very last enemy is death, which means we must STAND all of our lives! In the sense of our text, to STAND is to face our foes. It does not mean we are to weaken and pity them, contemplate them, make excuses for them, despise them, nor fight them. But we are to STAND there and FACE them, not turn our backs on them.
You may be very weak: STAND.
You may get weary: STAND.
You may feel fear: STAND.
The roar of battle may be deafening: STAND.
The devil may remind you of past defeats: STAND.
You may see others fall: STAND.
Confusion and chaos may be all around you: STAND.
Everything may seem to be against you: STAND.
You may feel all alone: STAND.
We are strong in the Lord, and in the power of HIS might!
God's Plan of Protection For Us
We need to examine our armor. Is it God's divine armour? Breastplates of respectability, self-righteousness, high morals or a good name will not hold us. They are as paper against the darts of the devil. He can set your "high morals" on fire, no matter how elevated they are! All he had to do was shoot one fiery dart at David, who was a man after God's own heart!
The devil gets to us through our minds. When David got ready to commit sin with Bathsheba, he was not thinking about the 23rd Psalm! None of us commit sin when we are meditating on the beautiful truths of God's Word and rejoicing in them! Think about it: the Word of God is what? TRUTH. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32. Read the very first Psalm: our Christian walk can be like that tree that was planted by the waters. When the devil turns on the heat, our leaves will stay green. Everything that we do will prosper. Why? Because we have on the WHOLE armour of God! We are under God's protection and there is no other protection that even comes close to His! We are living God's WAY. IF we will do what God has shown us to do through His Word and the Holy Spirit, then we need to STAND on it. We CAN be victorious. Is our armor whole and entire? No picking and choosing now--each piece reinforces the others. Sorry, but it's all or none. Leaving off any part of it makes us vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy.
When Paul wrote that we are to "be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might", he was talking about what? Oh, that glorious GRACE of God. GRACE is God's strength in our human selves. We need to let GRACE sustain us. We need to depend ENTIRELY upon it. GRACE is glory militant, and glory is GRACE triumphant. God gives us GRACE in the midst of battle ("His GRACE is sufficient..."), and when we have overcome, that indescribable GRACE turns into glory. The GRACE of God will strengthen us and the glory of God will inspire us.
We must keep our eyes on things eternal. We must weigh every day, every way, every circumstance in the light of eternity. If we allow our eyes to stray from the prize, we will lose our focus. The devil wants to get our minds as far removed as he can from the thoughts of eternity. He wants to get us bogged down in the present. And while we have to exist in the here and now, we must forever and ever keep our eyes on things eternal. Things of this earth are temporal (temporary), only for a while. They fade away, they are destroyed. But those things which are eternal are everlasting.
We must be EVER mindful to weigh our deeds and our thoughts in the light of the fact that we will again face them at the Judgment Bar of God. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. II Corinthians 5:10. We MUST keep our minds on things eternal. Think about that final day. We are going to appear before the King of Kings, and we will either stand or fall. The only way we will be able to stand is when we have first done ALL.
God has a divine plan of salvation whereby He saves us and keeps us. And it does not include all the straying that a lot of folks go through. Our salvation through Jesus Christ is protected by another design of God's: His WHOLE armor. Paul called it the armour of God. We must do what He tells us to do. When we are obedient to Him and His Will, we are under His divine protection and there is NO safer place to be! [ The End ]