Just flow with it and get listed in the ‘quitoes’ unwanted list….by listing yourself in the army of Christ….put on your armour and lets go to warrrrrrr….forward march….
Mosquitoes. I don’t like them. I have a theory that those things are evil. Have you noticed the way they come out at night to bite and drink human blood? The bites cause painful swellings. If you are very unlucky, you could get malaria.
Since I cannot prevent them from existing, I have come to understood that I must prevent them from getting to my skin.
But I hate aerosols and those whatsthename things that you put on the electrical sockets at night. I don’t like the smell! Goodness, are these manufacturers trying to kill us along with the mosquitoes? And dont get me started on the odorless ones! And has anyone sniffed those mosquito coils of late? Yuck!
So because I have ruled out any chemical warfare against the mosquitoes, I have hung a mosquito net over my bed.
Sometimes, I decide to take my chances and sleep without letting it down when I am very tired. Then of course I awake up some time later when I either hear the mosquitoes buzzing near my head, or when I feel pain from their painful bites. Then I wonder why I had not just let down the net in the first place. In such instances, I have to contend with three things that I could have avoided 1) the painful bites 2) putting down the net when I am so groggy from sleep 3) interrupted sleep which doctors say is not so good for the health.
I remember this one night, I was dozing off on my sofa and I decided the bed was too far for me to wake up and go to it. So I gave in to my sleep and took off to lala land on the sofa. Then, I begun to hear this helicopters flying so close that I thought they would crash through into my house. They kept flying near the house and I kept trying to shoo them away.
Then one of the helicopters came so close that one of its blades cut me. I woke up very startled and felt some sharp pain on my face. Then I quickly realized that the choppers in my dream were actually the numerous mosquitoes that were having a feast of my face and hands. I felt so angry that I did not go back to sleep immediately. I brought out the heavy artillery and declared war!
“Prepare to die!” I said to the now alarmed mosquitoes as they scuttled and scampered for safety! I went after then with all I had! Red slippers, blue slippers, I think I also used my seat cushions! I managed to swat a few dead. The rest of the miserable and cowardly ones went into hiding and I could not see them. Funny how those mosquitoes rule when it’s dark but disappear when the lights are on. Cowards!
Finally, when my search could yield no more mosquitoes, I went and applied some Vicks on the bites to soothe them and went to bed. I let down the net but it took some time before I logged off. I lay in bed very angry thinking of how I could pay big bucks to get rid of the quitoes once and for all.
In life, we know danger is all around us, we know what to do to protect ourselves, but we do not want to “let down the net”. We know that if we do not take precaution, we will get bitten. But we are too lazy, irresponsible, naive or whatever, to take precaution. But lucky for us, there are some “nets” that have been provided.
As Christians, we have been supplied with spiritual weapons and armor to keep us safe in danger. Because the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, we must understand the spiritual armor that God has provided and how to apply it through prayer. (2 Corinthians 10: 3-6)
Net number 1 – The belt of truth. A warrior’s belt held the top and bottom part of the armor together. It also held the sheath that carried the sword.
The truth of knowing who God is holds us together. The truth sets us free. The beauty of truth is that it will always remain correct. In this world, you have no fighting chance when you cannot tell the truth from the lies. Knowing the truth protects us from the deceptions of the devil.
Net number 2 – the breastplate of righteousness. The breastplate was worn over the chest and middle section of the body, protecting the vital organs – heart, lungs e.t.c.
We need to guard ourselves against all things that contaminate us. Unless we live righteous lives, we will be defeated. The devil is the accuser of men, but he can only accuse us if we have unrighteousness in our lives. But we do not use our works to earn God’s love or protection – we must totally rely on the righteousness that God gives to us. God’s righteousness gives victory.
Net number 3 – the shield of faith. The shied is amazing. It is one piece of armor that the warrior could apply as needed. It was used to cover the face, chest and the legs. It was used to push against the opponent. If warriors stood side by side, the shield could form a barricade in front of them. If arrows were fired from uphill, they could raise up the shield and deflect the arrows.
Wow. That’s what faith does. It is so versatile and can be used in so many ways. It can be yielded by one individual, or it can be used corporately. During warfare, we must not give in to fear and doubt. Faith, even as small as a mustard seed, helps us to apply the word of God in our circumstances.
Net number 4 – the helmet of salvation. The warrior’s helmet protects the head. The head is where you find the face, brain e.t.c.
Once you put on the helmet of salvation, you become transformed. Salvation gives you a new identity, a new “face”. And the best thing is that it is free.
This world we live in is divided into two Kingdom’s – God’s and the devil’s. These two kingdoms are at war and there is no demilitarized zone. You are either in one kingdom or the other. Salvation is the one thing that gives you the right to be called a child of God and puts you in the winning team. (John 1:12)
Net number 5 – the sword of the Spirit. This is an offensive combat weapon.
The sword is the word of God. Just as Jesus overcame the devil during the temptation with the word of God, so can we. The word of God is a legal document. When you speak it in faith, your words become living and powerful. A double edged sword that pierces and discerns in the spirit. (Hebrews 4:12)
Net number 6 – the shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace. Of course, the warrior must have shoes. These protect his feet in the battle ground.
We must be prepared before going into battle by a sound understanding of the word of God and of God Himself. Knowing Jesus lights the way on which we will walk.
The bible talks about the lovely feet which bring good news. (Isaiah 52:7) The people of God proclaim the good news that heals, liberates, comforts and consoles. (Isaiah 61: 1-3) So after you have fought the good fight and experienced victory in various areas of your life – tell others about it. Revelation 12:11 says they overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.
I might not have accurately described the armor of God in Ephesians 6:11-18 and I stand to be corrected.
And I am not saying that trouble will not come your way if you put on the armor of God. For just as surely as mosquitoes come out at night, trouble will come. But be prepared. Keep the full armor of God on. Even Jesus said “my prayer is not that take them out of the world, but that you protect them from evil.” John17:15
There is no point complaining that mosquitoes are biting me if I have a net but refuse to use it. In much the same way, we are not expected to sit around doing nothing as Christians. We are expected to “let the net down.”
Let us put on the armor of God every day, through prayer.
Some relevant reading;
Proverbs 4: 23 – guard your heart
Romans 12:2 – renew your mind