Ephsians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints
We are modern day soldiers, warring against powers and principalities that would like us to stay in the darkness of this world. Before we came to know God we were no threat to their darkness. Now that we are part of God’s family, we have become children of light (Ephesians 5:8). And light drives darkness away.
Like any soldier in battle, we need to be properly equipped. Without protection, those we war against, (our enemy), has access to our most vulnerable parts. But we have no reason to fear. God has given us His Word and armour to protect us. He is right beside us, our commander. We have everything we need to stand.
Putting on one’s armour can be like getting dressed. Some days we get dressed quickly due to time constraints. Other days we take our time, choosing carefully what we are going to wear, paying attention to every detail. In either instance, we most certainly don’t want to leave the house without our clothes on!
Through the years I have learned an armour routine that works for me. I would like to give an example of that routine for anyone who has never put their armour on before. Of course, each of us develops our own routine as putting on our armour becomes part of every day.
I pick up the sword of the spirit, which is your word. Let your word be alive in me. It is quick and powerful, dividing between soul and spirit, bone and marrow, and discerns the thoughts and intents of my heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
I hold up the shield of faith which extinguishes the fiery darts of the enemy. I place it in front of me, behind me, beside me and all around me. Increase my faith Lord. Surround me with faith in You.
I put on the breastplate of righteousness. Forgive me Lord when I fail. Call it to my attention that I may receive your forgiveness. May I be in right standing with you.
Lord, I place the helmet of salvation on my head. Protect my mind please Lord. Grant me wisdom as I walk through this day. May my thoughts be your thoughts and my words be your words. May I walk in the confidence of my salvation.
I put on my shoes Lord, shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Guide my steps by your peace. Help me to be ready to share the peace of knowing you with others.
Thank you Lord, for Your armour. May I we wear it well for You each day!