Pet peeves defined: Those things that most easily annoy us. It seems that everyone has them. It’s really no wonder that we do, because God is easily annoyed by certain things. We find that special list in Proverbs 6:16-19. Six things there are that God hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, and a heart that devises wicked thoughts, feet that run to mischief swiftly, a false witness that speaks lies, and he who sows discord in the church. If you are striving to please God, a study of this list could be well worth your time.
The first six lessons of this quarterly will help you to understand these areas better. By self-examination and the help of the Holy Spirit you can identify any of these that may be existing areas in your own life. One good way to do this is to pray before each lesson, asking God to reveal to you as you study if you are in any way engaged in these activities, directly or indirectly. As an example, you may have never killed anyone physically, but ask yourself if you have trampled over the innocent, emotionally or spiritually, with your words or behavior. In this manner, by confession and renouncing these acts, we can be set free to be pleasing and obedient to Him.
Can you imagine a professional football team coming to the Super Bowl without their protective pads and helmets? How well do you think they would do? Without a doubt, they would get creamed—and just imagine the injuries!
Furthermore, can you imagine the Church of Jesus Christ standing without their spiritual armor in these dark and perilous times, when Satan and his demons are raging against the Saints? How is the church doing? Many are living a victorious life because they are fighting with equipment that God provided. But, many in the church are living weak and defeated lives. Their lives are in turmoil, their families are a mess, and many local churches are in trouble. The second half of this quarterly is devoted to a deeper understanding of the armor of God. We hope that as you study, you will give devoted attention to applying the armor and becoming stronger in the Lord.
Our thanks go to the person who wrote this quarterly, years ago. We have chosen to reprint it due to its important subject matter. May God bless you as we look into His precious Word!