Okay so…This outfit was birthed unconsciously. I got the dress from H&M when they sent me a coupon in the mail claiming, “We miss you!” And I got the blazer a few weeks later from Missguided. I was looking for a different type of jacket for my internship and the design caught my eye. The shoes were 50% off at my job at ALDO – I’ve been eyeing those bad boys for weeks.
When I actually purchased the shoes, I got the idea of the military because you know, of the gladiator feel. I KNEW I had to wear it with my army green dress and the metallic blazer that reminded me of armor. The bracelet is an old find from God knows where and the necklace is from ALDO, too. The make of it keeps the “warrior” feel consistent.
Bam. I was dressed to kill. (And I’m not saying that in a conceited way – keep reading, keep reading!)
I got baptized on Saturday August 29th! Baptism is basically a symbol to show the world that you’re in it but no longer of it. It’s a public testimony that illustrates that you’re officially a part of God’s royal family. Baptism doesn’t save you; your acceptance of Jesus Christ does. However, you get baptized because you’re saved. I hope you’re following. Jesus loves us so much that He died for all of our sins. That’s salvation. I was baptized because I believe and I want to serve Him and not fall prey to the world.
I knew it has been time to take the next huge step in my faith. Jesus loves me too much for me to stay where I was. So I took the plunge . (Literally.)
Baptism represents your old self dying in the water and being lifted up as a new person. Before I got baptized, my Sunday school class was told, “After baptism, you embarrass Satan so he attacks harder. He sees he can’t play around with you anymore and fights even harder to divert your attention away from Christ to bring you down with him.”
Well, I have the full armor of God and so I am more than equipped. I am more than a conqueror. Who says so? The Bible, that’s what.
I’ve always been vocal about my faith here on my blog. In fact, the title, “Adorned in Armor” was birthed from Ephesians 6:10. (For more about how I chose to name my blog, click here.)
The Armor of God (NIV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.19 Pray also for me,that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
I prefer that version, but if that was hard to understand, here’s another version! Straight to the point.
A Fight to the Finish (MSG)
10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
You know, I never thought that I had a testimony. I grew resilient in the faith due to my mom’s perseverance despite her severe illness. I grew resilient in the faith due to my father who made sure we had all of our needs and more in a house of 6 and racked up hospital bills. Yes, it is my parents’ that faith has made me who I am but it’s my own relationship with Christ that transforms me.
In Ephesians, Paul not only tell us to be “strong in the Lord,” he also asks for a specific prayer. And so I’m asking for the same thing. Pray that whenever I open my mouth or whenever someone sees me, I make fearlessly known of the gospel.
I don’t have to say Jesus Jesus Jesus in every single one of my posts to prove I’m a Christian. It is the things I say, how I adorn myself and how I carry myself that sets me a part. I pray you continue to see my faith in me and that I continue to speak boldly about the One that was lovingly bold enough to die for me and you.
Real warriors walk in who Christ is. I am more than a conqueror because it is Christ ALONE that gives me victory!
Follow me as I follow Christ! (PS: I didn’t make that up myself haha)