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Bear, the Bible Verse Man Wears the Armor of God
Bear, the Bible verse man
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
My friend, Bear the Bible verse man wears a reference to these verses embroidered on a smock. Bear runs a barber shop. He wears smocks embroidered on one side with his shop's name and a Bible verse on the other side. Bear is a big man, very tall and he wears a smile broader than his shoulders.
One morning, I asked him what the verse was embroidered on his smock that day. He stopped to think a moment and then started quoting the above Scripture to me. It was very appropriate for me to hear on that particular day. That day I was having what seemed at the time a major struggle. Bear's willingness to share with me uplifted me and gave me a cheerful outlook on this situation in my life.
I have waited on Bear on several occasions and they have each ended up with good conversation centered on God's Word. He smiles each time I ask him what is on his smock. I can tell he enjoys talking about His Lord. I can also tell that Bear spends time with the Lord in prayer and in His Word. Bear dresses himself in the armor of God daily. This is what God's Word says about putting on the armor:
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.
That's what we as God's children need to do daily.
I enjoy talking with Bear and hearing the Bible verses. It really makes my day go better to talk with Bear about the things of the Lord. Bear is always ready to share the Word of God and friendly conversation. If Bear doesn't remember the Scripture referenced on his smock, he'll go out to his truck and look it up. He'll come right back in and tell me what the Word is. I usually write it down so I can mark it in my Bible. He is an example for us all. He is an embodiment of
II Timothy 2:15 (ESV)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
I want to be more like my friend, Bear. He inspires me to want to not only read the Bible more but to actually memorize the Scripture. He inspires me to want to share the Word with others. He is not bashful or embarrased to share with others. He only knows me from coming into where I work, yet he wants to share his love of God and His Word with me. He wants to encourage me in my walk with God. That makes me want to encourage others in their walk with God.
Lord, help me to love your holy Bible. Help me to hide your Word in my heart. Help me to be more like Bear who is always willing to share your Word and your love with those he comes into contact with during the day.
In the name of Jesus,