Ephesians 6:11-18 (NLT)
11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.
16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.
17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
Five days a week I take time each day to get ready for work. I won’t bore you with the details, and I am pretty sure most people have a pretty good idea of what all that entails. Three to five times a week I get ready to either go to the gym or go out jogging. One night a week I get ready for youth group. On Sunday mornings I get ready for church. And, on occasion, I get ready to go out with my wife and/or friends. The point is, we spend a lot of time getting ready, some more than others (Hey, baby. I love you.).
Baseball, football, and hockey players have to put on all the different components of their gear. Boxers and MMA fighters take the times to wrap their hands and prepare for their fights. Any professional athlete dedicates their life to preparing for that moment when it is make-or-break, do or die, or whatever the kids say these days.
The Power Rangers would never go into battle without the proper gear and their Zords ready and waiting. Batman would never go out without his utility belt. What’s Iron Man without his suit? Captain America always has his shield. Superman…well, Superman is a fictional character so he doesn’t count.
So why do we only give our spiritual preparation an hour on Sunday mornings? How could we ever expect to win a Heisman Trophy, World Series ring, or a war if we only spend one hour a week practicing or preparing?
Each and every day, we are face with a battle. From the moment we wake up (and sometimes while still dreaming) Satan is trying to turn us away from God, to distract us from the truth, to break us down, to lie to us, to deceive us, and to break apart our relationships. It is a constant battle and there is no preacher on the planet who can prepare you for a 24/7 battle in an hour of church. We must take it upon ourselves to put on the full armor of God everyday.
We do this a few ways…
- Read the bible – it’s the best way to hear God
- Fellowship with other believers – there is strength in numbers
- Pray – the best way to build your relationship with God
- Love – taking the love that your creator has given to you, and spreading it to others
Basically, whatever you can do to strengthen your faith, to be bold about your beliefs, and to keep an open line to God at all times.
When I read about putting on the armor of God, I also read it as, put on God. We need him, everyday, in all situations. As strong as we are as humans, we are still nothing when compared to Satan. Even with a good crane kick, Satan is still taking us down in any karate tournament on any day…unless we have God with us. And, I don’t mean he is standing on the sidelines like Mr. Miyagi being a good coach. I mean, he is there on the mat with us, fighting with us, fighting for us. He is our strength. He is our savior. He is the only one strong enough to take down our enemy.
We put on the armor of God because it is the only armor that will do.
Are you wearing your armor today?