putting on the armor of god

Ephesians 6:10-17 says “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 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. 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. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

I’m betting that as a LEOW you’ve watched your spouse put on his uniform dozens, if not hundreds, of times. Each piece of that uniform is designed to do a specific task-the bulletproof vest, the heavy boots, the belt, the holster, the radio…

Just as he gets dressed for a shift we ourselves must ‘suit up’ each day. Now, we’re not putting on Kevlar and an earpiece but we’re putting on something even more important-the armor of God. Our fight is unlike our husband’s in that the enemy isn’t always visible. The spiritual warfare we face can sneak up on us, and when we are vulnerable (aka not wearing our armor) it can cause serious damage to our hearts and our lives. We are told to put on peace, and faith, and salvation, and to always have ready our sword-the word of God.

The more that we know God’s word the more efficient and lethal our weapon will be when we need it. The stronger and thicker our shield and breastplate and metal pants (do knights have a word for those?) are the harder it will be for our family and our faith to be penetrated.

Lord, I ask you to be present each morning as I rise and put on my spiritual armor. Be with me as I strap on my shield of faith and wield my sword of Your word. I know that the enemy is out there but I know that You are far bigger than any of this world, and that with your protection and love I cannot fail. I ask that Your spirit resides in my armor and the armor of my spouse and Your word forever rings in our home.

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