Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11
When you come home after a long day at work or school, you most likely put something comfortable on. You take off the stiff clothing and constrictive shoes. It's time to unwind. If you were in the police force, you would be itching to take off your body armor and be relaxed.
But, God tells us to put on his full armor. This instruction is not to the spiritual policemen among us (if there were any). As Christians, we are all called to get dressed in God's armor. And we are actually never instructed to take it off. Like his yoke (Matthew 11:28-30), his armor is light and easy. But, it is vital not only for our survival, but for victory in bringing the light of Jesus to the nations.
The fact that we are called to wear armor should tell us a few things. First, we are in a battle. And the battle is 24/7. The spiritual forces of evil that seek to tear you down do not stop their work when you get home. In fact, often the most intense times of battle are in our down times at home. Spiritual alertness is the key to overcoming the enemy here.
The spiritual body armor is meant to aid us in the battle with the spiritual forces of evil. This armor is not used to fight people. Very important! The tool to be used in human relationships is called love. There is a real enemy, though. He needs to be firmly resisted and stopped in his constant harassments.
The fact that we have armor tells us that we can be protected by God. We don't have to walk around intimidated by the enemy, fearing the next attack. We don't have to give in to temptation. We don't have to let Satan's lies stick to us. As we wear the armor of God, we wear the confidence in knowing that Jesus is shielding us. They are his clothes, his righteousness, his salvation, and his truth.
Keep your armor on. Walk with confidence. Fight the right enemy. Gain the victory.
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