A PHOTOGRAPHER IS ONLY AS GOOD AS the equipment she uses. Have you ever seen a wedding photographer use a smart phone? A smart phone may take good pictures, but on your wedding day you want great pictures. I have not, neither would I hire a photographer who didn’t have a good eye and great equipment. Most spend thousands of dollars for great a great camera and lenses and then are constantly upgrading to an even better camera and lens.

I remember a time when I went roller skating with some church family. Now, I used to skate competitively when I was younger, for about 6 years. I could do jumps and spins, etc. not bragging, but I was really good. I have been skating over the years and I can still do a few things, but a skater is only as good as the skates she is using. I fell hard that night because my toe stops didn’t work. I was going really fast, turned around backward to stop, the toe stops didn’t do their job and I fell flat on my face. Literally, flat on my face.

Matt was sure I broke something. Praise God I did not. I had some bruised knees and an even bigger bruised ego. In order to stop and not get hurt, I needed skates that were not faulty. Faulty and subpar equipment is not sufficient for the Christian walk. What equipment are you using? You’ve been given great weapons for warfare, but if you are using your own faulty equipment, you will fall flat on your face. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds);”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:3-4‬

‭Use the equipment that God has given you. Drop your own faulty and dull sword and take up the sword of truth. With your own sword, you are poking out another’s eye and yielding it haphazardly instead of taking down the enemy. Pray without ceasing. You will never overcome on your own strength. Pray and be strengthened in the Lord. Cast out your stinking thinking and put on the mind of Christ.

You cannot trust your own heart and thoughts. You cannot trust your eyes, they will fail you every time and you will fall flat on your face. Trust God. Take up the shield of faith. Keep your shield up. It stops the arrows of the enemy from penetrating your heart. Believe God and take Him at His Word. He never fails. Cast down everything that tries to exalt itself above God’s Word, every vain and foolish philosophy of men.

Good doctrine is vitally important. Wrong doctrine and you are believing in a false Christ. You do not have to fall flat on your face. You can stand tall on the Word of God. Do not forsake the gathering of the brethren. You need to be planted in a local Body. An uprooted Christian is ungrounded. You cannot stand. Come against the enemy in the mighty name of Jesus and stop using faulty and subpar equipment. There are dark days ahead and you better be prepared with extra oil in your lamps.

The days are evil. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬#runyourrace

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