Have you ever been running late (well, yes, of course you have) and you are trying to get dressed in a hurry (yep, been there done that) and you race out the door, drive like a crazy person only to get to your meeting, appointment – whatever – and realize you are wearing 2 different shoes?
Come on, now – admit it – most every human out there has done that at least once in their lives. Or maybe you had on 2 different socks, or 2 different earrings – you get the point.
So as you sit there in your car embarrassed and frustrated over you appearance and knuckleheaddedness (yep, I just made that word up but you can use it if you like) you think, “Why didn’t I get up just 10 minutes earlier so that I would have time to think and put on the same dang shoes?”
Recently some friends shared with me a great way to start each day spiritually – and that is to take a few minutes to put on the full armor of God before you walk out of the door. And better yet, put it on before chaos permeates your morning routine like a forgotten, rotten Easter egg that can stink up your garage. (Not that I’ve ever experienced that…)
So what is the full armor of God? Read it in Ephesians 6:10-20 – those verses are awesome in describing the armor and why you need to put it on. Here’s what our morning outfit should look like EVERY morning:
- Helmet of salvation
- Breastplate of righteousness
- Belt of truth
- Feet fitted with readiness to share the gospel of peace
- Shield of faith
- Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God)
One of my very smarts friend pointed out that the first 5 are all defensive pieces of armor. We need those “so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes,” (v. 11) and so that we “can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (v. 16)
The last piece of armor – the Sword of the Spirit or the Word of God – is an offensive weapon. Invoking Scripture is like lighting a fruity candle after you’ve fried a batch of catfish in your house. (What? You’ve never fried catfish? Well that’s a whole different problem we’ll discuss another day.) Like the sweet scent of a candle the Word of God permeates the area and spreads farther than we can imagine.
So don’t get spiritually dressed in a hurry. Take a few minutes each day – even if it is just a quick prayer – that God will dress you in His full armor so that you can meet the enemy head on fully protected.
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