I have been looking at these Scripture verses for a couple days now:
“…5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. 6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.
7 Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. 8 But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:5-8, NLT).
The last part of the passage reminds me of a dream that I had many years ago. It was a time in my life when I wondered if what I said that I believed about Jesus was really what I believed. People can say they believe in Jesus, but what do they believe about Him in their heart? I wondered this of myself.
I was on a really high mountain—so high that I was surrounded by clouds. A person who was standing an arm’s length away from me asked, “Think about… isn’t it possible that Jesus will return in a space ship?” I paused before I answered. I can see that he thought I would agree with him and he started to smile. I responded, “No, I believe He will return on a cloud.” Immediately, I woke up from my sleep. I knew then that I truly believed in Jesus. Even when I was asleep, I was still “awake.”
To me, 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8 is referring to our mind and our heart— is what we know in our mind (protected by a helmet) aligned with what we believe in our heart (protected by armor)? Do you really believe what you say you believe?
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