Armor Up!

Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness 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.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 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, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that really needs you to be spiritually sound? You are being tossed about on the edge of maybe making a big mistake and you desperately need direction, help, saving? I have, and I was not really sure how I got there. It is a very scary feeling, almost as though you are out of control. Truth is you are! All the things in life had captured my attention to the point that I was tired physically, I had neglected my prayer life and the word of God, so I was spiritually bankrupt. I was mentally so tired of trying to figure everything out. I was in a new place with limited friendships, so more or less the enemy had me isolated and alone, or at least feeling alone. When you get to that place, YOU ARE IN TROUBLE!

I had totally neglected to put on my armor. I thought that I was such a good Christian that I was ok no matter what came my way. How wrong I was, the enemy hit me in a place that I never expected and was not prepared for. I suddenly found out who I was not! If I had only kept myself in the word, kept my prayer life going. See I was too busy listening to the lies he was telling me. I was not grounded in truth, only my truth. I thought that I was living a righteous and pleasing life to the Lord, but I was not. I had watered down truth to suit me. My faith was at a very low point. I decided that if I could not change things, then God could not either. I put his abilities on the level of mine. As you can imagine it did not turn out well. I do not need to go into detail about it, that is not what this is about, but I can tell you I learned that I needed to not only read these precious words, but live them. I needed to put on my armor, guard the walls of my heart and mind. I needed to be drenched in truth at all times and to keep my relationship with the Lord above all else. Scripture is not there to make our lives “no fun”, it is for our protection. We cannot stand against the enemy of our souls alone. We cannot trust our flesh! We must be grounded in God’s word applying truth daily. This is not an enemy that plays fair, he attacks at your weakest area and so many times we ourselves do not know what that is.

I urge you to put on your armor, all of it, daily! If you do then you have the tools you need to fight the enemy and with God’s help, Win!

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