Learning How to Use the Armor of God

Let me introduce myself properly. My name is Tim Dooms and I live in Belgium, more precisely in Leuven; an old medieval student province town in the Flemish speaking area. Although I am now 31 years old I am only 3 years newborn, young Christian. I regularly attend an evangelical church. I work for the moment as customer representative for Hertz Rent a Car. In my family I am the oldest of three brothers.

After being a child of the world for 25 years, I found Jesus and became a newborn Christian. I learned my first steps in the new Kingdom, made friends and even went on an evangelization project in Thailand last summer 2013. Great, you could say, and very normal but there was one big thing missing: no one in church and no one out of the church really took time or stressed the importance about the critical spiritual life questions such as: ‘how is your spiritual life’ and ‘are you growing spiritually’.  I myself was over-tired in doing all these Christian activities combined with my worldly job performance. Take this in combination with the hectic worldly impulses fired towards me and I did not have peach and quietness within me. I was a lot of the times weak and did not feel that I was in control of what was going on with me. My armor, so well explained in Ephesians 6:10, was still in the closet. I didn’t know how to put it on. Someone, or something, needed to put me in a safe resting harbor where they could teach me in practice how I could be protected from all of this and how I could grow spiritually in life.

Now four months further I am convinced that I made the best decision of the last 10 years. The first fruits of my new lifestyle are already really sweet and encouraging. My work/private balance is getting more and more event and I finally am able to know how to become a disciple of Jesus, how to set time aside to spend time with God and how to make my relation with Him deeper and more real so it will benefit me and other in my environment. Course two has just started. Now it feels very good to feel and know that this direction of lifestyle is much closer to what God has in plan for me and how I feel the result of it blesses my life in general. I thank God that organizations such as ABC-Ministries (DAI-Belgium) exist and I pray more Christians can be attracted as well to this spiritual educational program.

And so I close my testimony with a bible verse from John 15:19: “Jesus says, If you belong to the world, then the world would love you as its own. But I chose you from this world, and you do not belong to it; that is why the world hates you.” In my own words: I do not belong to the world right now but it takes growth and spiritual development to understand how to be equipped and how to fight against the worldly attacks as the world does not want me to become stronger in Christ.  – Tim Dooms

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