A few hitchhikers have managed to piggyback their way into our home. Not the human kind. But the kind that are unseen: bitterness, un-forgiveness, hatred, envy, perversion, anger, depression. They latch on when we’re not looking. Landing so lightly on us, we don’t even feel the subtle change until the mood switches in our home. These ugly enemies cause discord and friction among family and friends.
Harboring these soul destroyers brings daily strife and struggle. We must guard against the free-loaders who seek to destroy our unity, love, and joy. Jesus told us we will have trials in this fallen world. But He conquers over our troubles to bring unspeakable joy that never ends.
John 16:33 (NASB) “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
Paul tells us to put on the full armor of God because our fight is not against flesh and blood. By donning God’s armor, we place protection around us and our homes. He cocoons us in His armor so we can have full shielding from hitchhikers. We can do this intentionally, every day.
Ephesians 6: 11-18 (NASB) Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against [e]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints…
Are you prepared with God’s armor to repel the hitchhikers?