There are so many dangers in this world that we have to protect ourselves from. We pay extra each month to make sure that our homes are protected with a security system complete with video surveillance, notifications sent to our phones, and the ability to contact first responders to assist us if the need arises. We arm ourselves with weapons when we go certain places because it makes a lot of us feel safe, and forces us to believe that we are more protected with our personal handguns on us than we would be without them. For those of us that are allergic to certain things, as a precautionary measure, we carry (and put a lot of faith into) an Epi-Pen that promises to open our airways immediately and provide relief long enough to last us until we get to a hospital or an urgent care for medical attention and monitoring. So the question to ponder is this; if we depend so much faith and hope in security systems, weapons, medication, and people to keep us protected, why don’t we put twice as much (if not more in my opinion) faith, hope, and belief in using what God has given us for protection? Yes. I AM SPEAKING OF PUTTING ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD. So, if you haven’t already figured out an answer to the above question, I have one for you. While the answer may be simple, I promise you’ll want to hashtag this under your “AHA moments”. Many of us think to cover our physical bodies, but fail to cover our minds and our spirits. While I’m not suggesting that the previously stated options that we have are not effective, I do believe that are all important and quite beneficial to all of us. I am, however aiming to bring awareness to the importance of covering our minds as well as our spirits on a daily basis by being intentional about using the weapons and the authority that God has given us.
The popular saying “the mind is a terrible thing to waste” holds true but how about this, “the mind is too precious of a thing not to be protected”. My fiancé and I have both been drawn to studying spiritual warfare for months now, and it more than blew our minds by how much we thought we were protected only to learn how much that we weren’t. We have been intentional about praying our armor prayer most mornings, but to compare those days and nights to the days and nights where we forgot to put on the armor for whatever reason (most likely distraction) is a huge difference. When we protect ourselves with the word of God, it lessens the chance that the enemy has to attack us, drag us down, and knock us off course for the rest of the day. If he can attack our minds (our command center), he can pull us down quickly. Remember, where the mind goes, the body will always follow.
Ephesians 6:10-17 explains putting on the armor of God and how each piece of armor protects us. It tells us to “be strong in the Lord, and in His mighty power”. And that’s just it. The armor is protection, the armor pushes us to use and speak the authority given to us by God, and it is the Dunamis (miraculous power) of God that covers and protects us from all evil things that are unseen.
Dear God, today we put on the full armor to guard our lives against attack. We put on the belt of truth to protect against lies and deception. We put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect our hearts from the temptations we battle. We put the gospel of peace on our feet, so we’re ready to take your light wherever you send us this day. We choose to walk in the peace and freedom of your Spirit and not be overcome with fear and anxious thoughts. We take up your shield of faith that will extinguish all the darts and threats hurled our way by the enemy. We believe in your power to protect us and choose to trust in you. We put on the helmet of salvation, which covers our minds and thoughts, reminding us we are children of the day, forgiven, set free, saved by the grace of Christ Jesus. We take up the sword of the Spirit, your very Word, the one offensive weapon given to us for battle, which has the power to demolish strongholds, alive, active, and sharper than any double-edged sword. Lord, help us remember to put on your full armor daily, for you give us all that we need to stand firm in this world. Forgive us God for the times we’ve been unprepared, too busy to care, or trying to fight and wrestle in our own strength.
We thank you that we never fight alone, for you are constantly at work on our behalf, shielding, protecting, strengthening, exposing deeds of darkness, bringing to light what needs to be known, covering us from the cruel attacks we face even when we’re unaware.
In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
My hope and prayer is that we all are intentional about putting on the full armor of God on a daily basis because while there are different forms of protection, this one trumps them all.
Let’s suit up!!!