10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
Don’t Go Out the Door Without Your Clothes!
I was listening to a podcast one morning recently and a ministry leader was talking about how the overwhelming majority of Christians agree with the passage of Scripture above but fail to put it into to practice almost every day. Why is that?
I think it’s because we don’t put it into our morning schedule. We aren’t intentional about it. At best, we think it will just happen. At worst, we don’t even believe that it’s necessary. But, I’ve noticed in my life that the more I intentionally schedule my time, the more I get out of it (my time).
Your Intentional Sweet Spot
My morning is my intentional sweet spot and it consists of Bible reading, a devotional reading, prayer, 10-15 minute workout, daily task scheduling, journal thoughts, breakfast, and then leave. None of that happens if I don’t set out to intentionally do it. But, I still might be walking out the front door only half dressed if I don’t put on the full armor as described in Ephesians 6.
The truth is that the enemy is out to destroy us. Paul wouldn’t have wrote with such serious imagery if this wasn’t true. The good news is that we have all of the necessary equipment to not only resist the enemy but to be victorious in our lives!
Putting On the Armor
So, my challenge in this post, is for you to find a way that suits your schedule to add putting on the armor of God to your daily routine. From Ephesians 6:10-18 we know that we need to have:
The belt of truth
Breastplate of righteousness
Gospel of peace for shoes
Shield of faith
Helmet of salvation
Sword of the Spirit (word of God)
Remember throughout the day that you are wearing the armor. Unlike our physical clothing, our spiritual armor doesn’t stay on just because we put it on. If we don’t stay in a continual relationship with God throughout the day, our armor may fall. Situations of life will come that take our eyes off of the Father and our faith (shield) may begin to waver. If we do not practice with our sword (God’s word), we won’t know how to use it in battle.
So, my final thought to leave with you is to keep your clothes on!
We are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37
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