Even at my young age, I realized that what I had at my disposal was more than enough. I carried that daily habit with me into adulthood. Only now, my understanding of the meaning of the Armor has deepened. If you’re not familiar with the Armor of God, Paul addresses it in Ephesians 6.
Similar to the way my mother did for me, he reminds them to “be strong in the Lord and His mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10) by way of putting on the full armor they’ve been given by God. He describes the battles we face, raged by spiritual forces, not that of flesh and blood. As Paul penned these words from prison, he was inspired by the Roman guard’s uniform. He explains that through our God-given spiritual armor, we have every device to ward off any and all attacks:
The belt of truth
The breastplate of righteousness
The helmet of salvation
The shoes of peace
The shield of faith
The sword of the Word of God
It’s easy to forget that there is an invisible enemy working against us at all times. There are certainly times where it is more obvious, and others when it is not.
Friends, we must don our armor daily so that our stance is unshakeable. God has given us everything we need for protection. When the principalities of this fleshly world seem to overwhelm you, pick up your shield of faith. When the unrest and chaos of daily life tries to creep in, slide on your shoes of peace. When the temptations of the enemy present themselves, put into place your breastplate of righteousness.
When we can’t see past the dark, and eerie silence surrounds us, we can stand in the confidence that God is for us. Begin, today, to make a daily habit of putting on the armor that’s been provided, and then— walking in it.
Whatever battle you are facing, stand tall, fully armored, and unafraid. There is not a single device of the enemy that can penetrate the Holy Armor of God.
Memory Verse: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
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