Do Not Merely Exist BLESSED SINGLENESS + FORSAKING IT ALL SAIL THE HIGH SEAS + BIBLE MAN ARMOR

// sail the high seas || Bible Man Armor

October 15, 2014

Sometimes I like to think of my single life as a scene in Greek mythology. Not in so many variations, but the idea is there. Just imagine, if you will, that being single is like being on a large wooden ship set to sail across the seas on a grand exploration to conquer some vast land unknown to mankind. You're being constantly tossed at sea, with no land in sight. The moral is not always the best; crew members threaten to mutiny. And the Captain constantly barks orders to swab the deck! Oh, and the worst part is...there are mythological Sirens up ahead ready to lead you off course. 


Be ready. Whether you tie your Captain to the mast, or your Captain plays melodious music that is by-far more enchanting that the Sirens, you better be prepared to face your demons and know how to do it effectively. Because if you're not ready to combat the Siren's lustful songs, it will be your demise.  

I like this analogy, because it closely resembles aspects of the single life and the temptations one faces during this season. You can either be prepared and ready for the road ahead and the temptations that will present themselves [like lust, premarital sex, etc.], or, you can give into the Siren's temptingly beautiful song and crash into the jagged rocks. 

The single life can often be a double-edged sword. You can either choose to be single for a good part of your life-until the one comes along-saving yourself wholly for your husband, or, you can choose to indulge your lustful desires outside of the bond of marriage. But you can't have both. And while one is, by far better than the other, both do have their ups and downs. And being single can be scary if you are not aware of your surroundings, or prepared to combat those temptations with the Holy Word of God. 

So...veering from the whole Greek mythology concept, and onto the solution. I like to call this concept my Bible Man Armor concept. Which, our case is basically putting on your daily armor as talked about by Paul in Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Begin every day of your single life with this in mind; and begin your day with quiet time with the Lord and put on your Bible Man Armor. Prepare for the spiritual warfare that rages on relentlessly against you on a daily basis. With God's word in your heart and in your head, there is nothing that can stand against you...because God is for you (Romans 8:31)! The single life can sometimes feel like you're living a crazy life on the High Seas, being combated by waves and lyrical Sirens. But with God as you're Captain and with your Bible Man Armor on, navigating the sea of the single life isn't as scary as it may seem, especially if you're alone. 

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