• Cass Rulon-Miller

Protect Yourself!

August 26, 2020

Dear Congregation,

Last Sunday I did the sermon because Pastor Lisa was on vacation and Heather did not have time to write one while she was dealing with all the contractors who will be restoring our church. The sermon was on Ephesians 6:10-18 which describes the Armor of God. Paul tells us that the Armor of God is necessary to protect us from evil forces and from the devil’s schemes. In the sermon, I quote Paul’s description of the kind of evil forces he is worried about such as “unwholesome talk” which is full of “bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” I then shared my own experience with the evil forces that had influenced my life back in 2011 which caused me to have a nervous breakdown. I described how I was able to recover because all the people who loved me shared their Armor of God with me; lending me their armor until I was strong enough to carry my own. The last point I made was to invite the listeners to put on their Armor of God to help them negotiate life during these turbulent times. Here is the last paragraph of my sermon:

So now I invite you to put on the armor of God so that you may resist evil and stand fast in all that is good. Put on the belt of truth; and if you find that you are having difficulty in discerning what the truth is, especially in today’s world, just remember that the truth is always based on love and is not selfish. Put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect yourself from the obstacles that may prevent you from being in right relationship with God. Hold up that shield of faith so you can be confident that evil will not penetrate your well being and wreak havoc on your life and the lives of others. Don the footwear of readiness to help you go to whatever lengths are necessary so that love, goodness, and truthfulness will win out in the end. Place the helmet of salvation on your head so that you may have right thinking always and not be influenced by any lies being spewed in hate. Hold tightly to the sword of the spirit which will enable God’s word to always be on the tip of your tongue ready to effectively slash through the evil words of today. And finally, pray. Pray that in the end, that which is for the better good of all humanity will win over all evil. Amen

With love and peace,

Cass Rulon-Miller

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