Can we be real for a minute? Is it just me or does life feel like a battle? Whether fighting to stay stable at home, in the checking account, physically, or just fighting for a day off, it feels like everyone is always fighting for something.
But what about fighting spiritually? Do you ever feel like you are disconnected? Do you ever feel lonely? Do you ever feel like life is meaningless? These are spiritual battlegrounds, and the enemy has a big foothold on this world.
But our God doesn’t expect us to go into battle alone or unequipped. In Ephesians 6, Paul reminds the church about the Armor of God, and this armor allows us to fight spiritual battles. The belt of truth allows us to identify the lies of this world. The breastplate of righteousness protects us from guilt. The helmet of salvation keeps our mind on our final destination. The shoes of peace of the gospel keep us moving forward, while keeping the things of this world from slowing us down. The shield of faith protects us from the bombardment of lies that the enemy throws at us. The sword of the spirit, the Word of God, lets us fight back against the lies the enemy has set up.
An important thing to note is that this is not your armor. This is God’s armor. It is his strength. Not yours. Putting on the armor means recognizing the strength that God is offering us.
Another important thing to note is what Paul mentions in verse 18, that we are to be praying at all times and for each other. That’s how we get the armor – we pray for the armor. We pray for each other’s armor.
So the challenge for you today is to check your armor. Are you wearing it? Are you putting it on daily? Or are you running into battle and trying to face all of your problems on your own steam? We weren’t designed to do it on our own! Before you go into battle, suit up!