(Repost from 8/15/12)
The Armor of God
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the
full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's
schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against
the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark
world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God,
so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your
ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then,
with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate
of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness
that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up
the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming
arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of
the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all
occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be
alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." - Ephesians
Do we really view this armor as something real,
something attainable, or just ideas? Each piece represents an aspect we
should be applying to ourselves and our daily lives, but do we truly
seek to wear it?
I know I've mentioned John Eldredge's book
"Wild at Heart" before, but I'm going to do so again. If you haven't
read it, you should. Loads of wisdom in it.
In John's book, he
suggests we treat these pieces of armor like literal defense for our
spirits, rather than just illustrations. As we pray each day, take a
moment to consider each piece, what it means for us, and ask the Lord to
equip us with it, that we would be surrounded by the protection only He
Suit up, brothers and sisters! There's a world of work to be done, and we need all the protection we can get!
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