For the past few years I have opted out of the media and most mainstream entertainment which has resulted in an increased sensitivity to the Spirit of God, a deepening appreciation for quiet, and a gloriously liberating penchant for critical thinking – the latter of which was also developed during my high school and undergraduate education. By His grace, God has equipped me with strength {Psalm 18}.

I recently wrote a hymn that was primarily inspired by Romans 8, with a few war references from the Psalms. One of my favorite lines of the song is, Love trains me for war // Love is my armour . . . I spell it with a ‘u’ to feel fancy. Ha.

I’ve been pondering the armor of God lately, and what it means to keep myself in His love . . . love that trains me for the War I don’t get to opt out of. The War that has – through King Jesus – already been won. Hallelujah.

And from the vantage point of that victory, I will share with you Love’s call to persevere ~ an exhortation echoed throughout the book of Revelation (which we presently happen to be living through):

here is a call for the endurance of the saints . . .

. . . keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. {Jude 21}

Keep yourselves in the love of God. Keep yourselves in the armor of Love.

. . . be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God (the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, peace on your feet, the shield of faith, and the Word of God on your tongue as your sword) that you may be able to stand against deception and evil schemes. . . even in this way, we are called to be conformed to the image of King Jesus our Messiah who has coming from His mouth a sharp sword to strike down wicked and rebellious systems of government. {Ephesians 6 // Revelation 19:15}

Love trains me for war. Love is my armour.

And Love doesn’t leave me with the overwhelming task of doing all the keeping of myself. Love teaches me how to position myself to be kept. Love leads me into truth and love equips me to live wisely in both of the realms I inhabit.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and majesty and dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. {Jude 24-25}

. . . & & // take heart.

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