Armoring Up One Day at a Time

Over the last week, I’ve been taking my relationship with the Lord, well, one day at a time. Before then for two weeks I struggled, really really bad. Temptations popped up in my head almost minutely, they popped up on the television secondly. It was really, really hard. But I realized eventually why I was struggling so bad. It was because I didn’t have on the full armor of God. Over those two weeks I had some of His armor on of but I didn’t have all of it on, and without every piece I was vulnerable. I was exposed in many areas of my life because I didn’t have pieces of it on. Also I realized that I was trying to look weeks down the line, but that God only wanted me to focus on one day at a time. 

10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(M)”> 11 Put on<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(N)”> the full armor<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(O)”> of God so that you can stand against the tactics<sup class="footnote" style="vertical-align: top;" value="[g]”>[g] of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(P)”> and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(Q)”> against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(R)”> in the heavens.<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(S)”> 13 This is why you must take up the full armor<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(T)”> of God, so that you may be able to resist<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(U)”> in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14 Stand,<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(V)”> therefore,
with truth<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(W)”> like a belt around your waist,
righteousness<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(X)”> like armor on your chest,<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(Y)”>
15 and your feet sandaled with readiness
for the gospel of peace.<sup class="footnote" style="vertical-align: top;" value="[h]”>[h]
16 In every situation take the shield<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(Z)”> of faith,<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(AA)”>
and with it you will be able to extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one.<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(AB)”>
17 Take the helmet<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(AC)”> of salvation,
and the sword<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(AD)”> of the Spirit,<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(AE)”>
which is God’s word. (Ephesians 6:10-17)

In Ephesians 6, Paul is speaking from prison to the churches, encouraging them to be strengthened by the power and strength of the Lord. That they needed to put on the full armor of the Lord, so that they could stand against the schemes of the devil. Because our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers and powers of darkness. Paul was letting the church know that they were in a war, a war that God had already won. And in Ephesian 6:14-17, Paul goes through the list of things we need to arm ourselves with to battle these powers of darkness. 

We are to put a belt of truth around our waist. Without honesty in our walk with the Lord, we will have no support as we walk through our relationship with Christ. We have to be honest about what we are struggling with not only with God but with others so that we can get repentance and grow stronger with the Lord. Next we have to put His righteousness on our chest. It protects us from the attacks of the enemy. Then we need the feet of readiness. We have to be ready to give an answer to why we believe what we believe at any time. We have to be ready to go wherever God tells us to go, to share His good news with everyone He tells us to. We also need the shield of faith to protect us from doubts the enemy throws at us, and lies that he tries to throw at us. And finally we need the helmet of salvation which is the head and heart knowledge that we know what He has done for us, and the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word. God’s word I believe is the most important of all. It brings us truth, the most important truth we can receive, God’s truth. It arms us and allows us to go on the offensive against the devil, and against false prophets.  It gives us truths that we can battle the devil’s lies and shoot his arrows back at him. 

But the truth is we need all the armor of the Lord everyday. We need every part of His armor because without it we are uneven, and we are unbalanced. That’s what a relationship with Christ is all about, balance. Letting God into every area of our life: physically, mentally, spiritually and Him balancing it for us. He puts His armor around us, and gives us complete protection. It doesn’t mean we still won’t mess up, and it doesn’t mean we will always feel His presence, but it does mean that He will always be there for us, and that He will never fail us. He will give us a hope and a purpose and we will move more and more into that purpose the more we put on His armor everyday. 

Finally He knows the plan He has for us. He knows when He will put that plan into motion in our lives. All we need to do is trust Him to know what He’s doing. He’s the God of the universe, He knows what He’s doing. But even knowing that its still hard to trust. But its all about taking our relationship with the Lord one day at a time. Not looking ten years or even one year down the line. Focusing on that one day that He has gifted us with. 24 hours of focusing on the Lord, and His plan that He has for us for that day. His purpose for that day is different from any other day. And as we focus on that day, you look back and a week is gone, and then two, and then months start to fly by and you see God moving you into His purpose in your life faster than you ever could think. That’s how the last 10 months have gone. Growing in leaps and bounds, focusing on Him one day at a time. And in the last 8 months just by focusing daily on Him, He has changed me more than I could ever imagine. And He will change you as you focus on Him one day at a time. 

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