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It takes me longer to get dressed in the mornings than it used to… not because I am older and slower (which I am) but because there is so much more to do!

In the 70’s, before we had children, I learned to begin each day by putting on the Armor of God – you know – the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the Gospel of peace, the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith and finally, picking up the sword of the Spirit – which is the Word of God. I even prayed the armor over my husband – not that he couldn’t dress himself, but because he faced a lot of battles every day. But, I did that every morning – and it was quick.

Then, in the 80’s, our boys came along – and being the mother – I dressed them every morning until they got big enough to dress themselves. But, no matter how big they got, I dressed them in the armor every day – because – what if they forgot?

Today, I’m not only a mother, I’m a Mamaw, and I have many more people to dress! I still pray for, and dress our sons in the armor every morning. And, I pray for and dress our daughters-in-law in the armor, because I love them so – but now there are also grandbabies to dress in the armor!

There is Jude in his “onesie-size” armor and Carson in his “rough and tumble – extra padded, and laced up tight” armor. And all this dressing takes time. So yeah – it takes me longer to get dressed in the mornings than it used it – but it’s not a burden – it’s a blessing… and I love it!

 

Perhaps you may want to get dressed, and dress your family. Here’s how The Armor of God May God bless your day and your family!

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Dressed For the Battle

When praying the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” It might be clearer if we pray “deliver us from the evil one.” And the best way to be delivered is by being prepared.

 Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10-18 that we must put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We wrestle not with “flesh and blood, but against principalities…against spiritual wickedness.” The faithful Christian life is a battle; it is warfare on a grand scale – because when we begin to serve God, and He begins to bless and use us, Satan begins to attack.

This is not a suggestion. Paul tells us twice to put on the whole armor of God and he tells us 4 times to STAND. This is not something we are to put on and take off. We are to be continually putting it on.

God will deliver us, but He does expect us to take on part of the responsibility by being prepared. But note – there’s no armor for the backside – so don’t even think about running away!

So, how do we do this? I like to do it during my prayer time in the mornings and while it might be easier to remember if we put it on from the top to bottom (and I used to do this) I now believe there is a reason it is listed the way it is. This is actually the order that we would get dressed. So, we can actually say,

“Lord, in Jesus’ name, I put on your whole Armor.”

As I put on my belt of Truth –

“I thank you Lord. I know who I am and Whose I am in Christ.” (I must know this before anything else matters!)

Next, as I put on my breastplate of Righteousness –

“Lord, protect my heart, and my emotions, lest I respond emotionally.”

Then, as I put on my shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace

“Lord, may I always walk in the will of God, being prepared and able to stand against anything Satan may throw at me.”

As I pick up my Shield of Faith –

“Lord, I know that You alone are sufficient to protect me.”

As I put on my helmet of Salvation –

“Lord, protect my mind and my thinking today. May my logic be Your logic.”

As I pick up my Sword of the Spirit –

“Lord, arm me with the Sword, which belongs to the Holy Spirit within me. This is the defensive and offensive Word of God (which is sharper than any two-edged sword) and is needed internally as well as externally. Lord, please cut away anything that doesn’t need to be in my life. And Lord, help me to sharpen and polish my Sword every day, because if I do not know the Word, then I have a dull and dirty Sword. Thank You for this Armor.

In Jesus name, Amen.”

 

As we wear the Armor of God, we are to be “praying always…with all perseverance.”

And having done all, to …STAND!

 

Oh… and don’t forget your “underwear”!

Colossians 3:12-14 (shared here from The Message)

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.

Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.

And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”

 

For further study:

Biblical References for the Armor of God

Knowing that Paul was imprisoned at the time of this writing, most people naturally presume that he drew his imagery from the Roman soldier to whom he was chained. And while that may have sparked his memory, there are numerous Old Testament passages of scripture that describe the “spiritual armor” and Paul himself uses several examples of spiritual warfare. A few are listed here.

References to Spiritual Warfare

I Timothy 1:18     II Timothy 2:3-4      II Thessalonians 2:9

II Corinthians 6:7    II Corinthians 10:3-4

I Peter 5:8       Revelation 12:17

 

Spiritual Armor

(as listed from top to bottom)

(also see Romans 13:12)

  • Helmet of Salvation: Isaiah 59:17; I Thessalonians 5:8
  • Breast Plate of Righteousness: Isaiah 59:17; I Thessalonians 5:8; II Corinthians 6:7
  • Belt of Truth: Isaiah 11:5; Isaiah 22:21
  • Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace: Isaiah 52:7;
  • Shield of Faith: Genesis 15:1; II Samuel 1:21; II Samuel 22:3; 36; Proverbs 30:5; Deuteronomy 33:29; Psalms 3:3; 5:12; 28:7; 84:9; 91:4; 115:9-11;
  • Sword of the Spirit: Isaiah 49:2; Hebrews 4:12; Rev. 1:16

Christ is the Armor

  • Helmet of Salvation: Acts 4:12; Luke 1:69
  • Breast Plate of Righteousness: Matthew 3:15; I Corinthians 1:30
  • Belt of Truth: John 1:14; 8:32; 14:6; Ephesians 4:21
  • Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace: John 14:27; John 16:33
  • Shield of Faith (or Door*): John 10:7;9; 1 John 5:4-5
  • Sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God): Isaiah 49:2; Revelation 1:16; Revelation 2:12; 16

 

*In Greek, this word for Shield describes a large “door-like” shield, and is closely related to the word for Door

 

May God bless you in your studies and as you put on the Whole Armor of God!

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