The Pastor's Corner
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Dear Friends,
The month of May was Haitian Heritage Month. During that month, communities come together to honor Haiti's rich history and culture filled with triumphs and tragedies.
Once we achieved freedom, Haitians did our part to ensure that other countries once bound by the debilitating nature of slavery experienced the same privilege. While Haiti is the first Black Republic, the country has experienced many ups and downs; but true to its form, the Haitian community as a whole is filled with resilient, passionate, faithful, and longsuffering people. These are attributes to model, and in many ways, they exemplify the necessary weapon to build up a defense against the enemy's tactics, as indicated in Ephesians 6.
The word of the Lord reminds us that when we put on the whole armor of God, we will be able to "stand against the wiles of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11 - NKJV). The whole armor of God includes:
Put on the belt of truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14- NKJV)
Put on the shoes of peace (Ephesians 6:15- NKJV)
Hold up the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16 - NKJV)
Put on the helmet of salvation and take the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17 - NKJV)
The devil's primary mission is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10): to steal God's glory, kill your future, destroy humanity. The enemy's master plan supersedes what we can see and feel in the natural. These principalities include "evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and evil spirits in the heavenly place." (Ephesians 6:12 -NLT). In order to "be strong in the Lord and His mighty power" (Ephesian 6:10 -NTL), we need the appropriate artillery.
Haitians historically, are incomparable; however, as we celebrated our culture one month ago, let us remember to always put on the armor of the Lord so that we may be able to put up a valiant defense against the attacks of the enemy.
God Bless you all,
Rev. Dr. Mariot Valcin